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FUEL MAPPING AND FIRE PHYSICS

Available: July 2022

charred trees

A spatially explicit dataset will project woody fuel loads over the next 10–20 years in areas of current elevated tree mortality.

FIRE SCIENCE TEAM
Mapping Fuels

Pyregence is developing a protocol for sampling forest fuels and integrating the information into a thematic map. We’re using satellite imagery and aerial LiDAR, combined with field measurements, to characterize vegetation types and the amount, size, depth, and nature of forest fuels in granular detail.

These factors will then be entered into spatially explicit fuel models, which will help researchers, electric utility companies, and fire management agencies improve their decision-making and reduce risk to communities and utility infrastructure.