Funded Research Projects: FOREST ECOLOGY

Planning and Fuel Data for the Fire and Smoke Model Evaluation Experiment (FASMEE)

Research Sponsored By: US Forest Service
Principal Investigator: Ernesto Alvarado
Project Description
The purpose of this CRA proposal is to support the USFS PWFSL to plan and execute the Fire and Smoke Model Evaluation Experiment (FASMEE), which is a large-scale interagency effort to (1) identify the critical measurements necessary to improve operational wildland fire and smoke prediction systems, (2) collect observations through a coordinated field campaign, and (3) use these measures and observations to evaluate and advance science and modeling capabilities for operational fire and smoke systems. Specific tasks for this cost reimbursable agreement are: • To coordinate with federal agencies participating in the overall FIREX/FIREChem/FASMEE projects in order to continue of Phase 1 leadership, expertise, and planning in data management and operational modeling. • To collaborate on coordinating, reviewing and completing a study plans and reports for FASMEE’s field campaigns. • To collaborate on developing logistics and planning to identify safety and air operations protocols for the FASMEE field campaigns in North Kaibab, AZ, Fishlake, UT, and Fort Stewart, GA. • To complete of initial fuels data collection and archiving for the Western Wildfire Campaign to support the FIREX and FIREChem projects during the summer of 2019. • To compile locations of airborne LiDAR data and associated field plots which have been collected across the western USA. To summarize LiDAR metrics from the LiDAR point cloud data to predict forest and fuel attributes for each plot from the individual tree and fuel tallies