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LANDFIRE Webinar 10/3 - MoD-FIS

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LANDFIRE closes the 2017 "webinar season" with a primer on one of the most important products we released this year.

The LF team at the USGS EROS Center released new provisional products for the Great Basin and Southwest regions of the United States that capture the seasonal nature of fuels in this region. Modeling Dynamic Fuels with an Index System (MoD-FIS) incorporates seasonal variability of herbaceous cover (i.e. cheatgrass) to capture changes to fire behavior fuel models based on the current fire season herbaceous production.

Using current and historic Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) data from the Landsat archive, LANDFIRE developed a process to map current year herbaceous cover compared to historic averages. The result is updated Existing Vegetation Cover (EVC), Existing Vegetation Height (EVH), and Fire Behavior Fuel Model (FBFM) layers that reflect the current fire season herbaceous cover and resultant fuel availability.

The details:

October 3, 2:30 ET, 12:30 MT: Modeling Dynamic Fuels with an Index System: MoD-FIS in the Great Basin and Southwest U.S.

Co-hosting with Southern Rockies, Great Basin, and Southwest Fire Science Exchanges. In this webinar, Charley Martin, LF Fuels Team Lead, and Tobin Smail, Fire and Fuels GIS specialist, both Technical Support Services Contractors to the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, offer a MoD-FIS primer, explain how the products can be used in these regions, and solicit users’ input and review.

Information and registration.