Fire History and Climate Change in the Western U.S.

Affiliation(s)PIProject periodFunded by
DAS Brown, Timothy J 08/17/2009 - 04/30/2011 Joint Fire Sciences Program

Project Description

We propose to carry out a project that meets the needs of fire climatology literature review and data syntheses, improved data and information access and communication to managers, and learning from past management experiences and policy evolution. Our audience includes planning staffs at all levels in resource and fire management, predictive services, and decision makers. In particular, we propose to: (1) Review and synthesize existing literature, and conduct a quantitative evaluation of existing fire and climate history time series to define a geography of fire climatology of the western U.S. (2) Incorporate the fire climate synthesis results into a set of existing online management decision support tools that have recently been developed as part of the International Multi Proxy PaleoFire Database. (3) Evaluate and interpret how fire climatology information can help shape fire and fuel management decisions.