OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Spatial and temporal patterns of fire

Spatiotemporal patterns of historical fire and stand development, and 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 spatial and temporal patterns of fire, the biotic and abiotic factors responsible for the distribution of historical and modern-day landscape fire, with exciting questions (well, we think so) of scale, response metrics, the role of humans, implications for adaptive landscape restoration, and links to climate change.  

 

 

Ongoing investigations include:

Fire history and stand reconstructions of the Fremont-Winema and Umpqua National Forests of Oregon: drivers of variability in historical fire across contrasting landscapes (Andrew Merschel, PhD student)

 

Recently completed work includes:
Spatially varying constraints of human-caused fire occurrence in British Columbia, Canada and geography of the wildland-development interface (Phil Camp, MSc)