Event Title

Reliability of landfire data: checking the data against itself

Description

Landfire, also known as the Landscape Fire and Resource Management Planning Tools Project, is self described as "a five-year, multi-partner project producing consistent and comprehensive maps and data describing vegetation, wildland fuel, and fire regimes across the United States." Recently the data for eleven of the Western States in the US has been made available to the public. However, there may be some inconsistencies in the data with particular regard to the fire regime data. The fire regime data is broken down into indicator sets such as Mean Fire Return Interval, Fire Regime Groups, and Fire Regime Condition Class, which once normalized should yield equal numbers in terms of acreages across the landscapes since the last fire return. Errors discovered in this analysis, or lack thereof, should provide insight into future areas of study involving the landfire datasets, reveal inconsistencies in data collection, or perhaps validate these landfire data subsets.

Start Date

8-3-2008 8:00 AM

End Date

8-3-2008 5:00 PM

Subject - LCSH

Wildfires--Management--United States; Geographic information systems

Geographic Coverage

United States

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Abstracts

Session

GIS and Spatial Data

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Reliability of landfire data: checking the data against itself

Landfire, also known as the Landscape Fire and Resource Management Planning Tools Project, is self described as "a five-year, multi-partner project producing consistent and comprehensive maps and data describing vegetation, wildland fuel, and fire regimes across the United States." Recently the data for eleven of the Western States in the US has been made available to the public. However, there may be some inconsistencies in the data with particular regard to the fire regime data. The fire regime data is broken down into indicator sets such as Mean Fire Return Interval, Fire Regime Groups, and Fire Regime Condition Class, which once normalized should yield equal numbers in terms of acreages across the landscapes since the last fire return. Errors discovered in this analysis, or lack thereof, should provide insight into future areas of study involving the landfire datasets, reveal inconsistencies in data collection, or perhaps validate these landfire data subsets.