OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Spatial and temporal patterns of fire

Spatial and temporal patterns of contemporary fire

 

Where and when wildfires occur is a function of fuels to burn, conditions for burning, and an ignition agent. Though we understand these first principles of what's necessary for landscape fire, our ability to quantitatively capture the dynamics of the three components of the "fire regime triangle" is still rough. Our work looks at biotic and abiotic factors responsible for the distribution of modern-day landscape fire, with exciting questions (well, we think so) of scale, response metrics, the role of humans, and links to climate change.  

 

 

Recent investigations include:

  1. Topographic and fire weather controls over fire refugia in western North American forest ecosystems (Sandra Haire, Carol Miller, Jonathan Coop, Marc-Andre Parisien, Ellen Whitman, Geneva Chong, Meg Krawchuk)
  2. Spatially varying constraints of human-caused fire occurrence in British Columbia, Canada (Phil Camp, MSc)
  3. Geography of the wildland-development interface (WDI): beyond the WUI (Phil Camp, MSc)

And some oldies but goodies:

  1. Global fire occurrence in contemporary and future climates (Max Moritz, Marc-Andre Parisien, Meg Krawchuk, Enric Batllori-Presas)
  2. Historical, current, and future fire in California (Meg Krawchuk, Max Moritz/UC-Berkeley)
  3. Proposition of fire regimes types for China's diverse ecosystems (Meg Krawchuk)
  4. Fire, fores harves, and climate change in mixedwood boreal forest ecosystems (Meg Krawchuk, Steve Cumming)