Crystal A. Kolden

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Department of Geography
University of Idaho
P.O. Box 443021
Moscow , Idaho 83844, United States

Publications in Fire Ecology

Assessing Accuracy of Manually-mapped Wildfire Perimeters In Topographically Dissected Areas
Pages: 22-31
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0301022

Accurate mapping of wildfires is critical to fire management. Technological advances in remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) over the last decade have been widely incorporated into wildfire mapping and management, but neither have been assessed for accuracy nor compared to established manual methods. Since Landsat-based mapping of wildfires will soon replace manual mapping methods, this type of comparison is critical to understanding the strengths of each method.  [Read More]

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Fire Frequency, Area Burned, and Severity: A Quantitative Approach to Defining a Normal Fire Year
Pages: 51-65
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0702051

Fire frequency, area burned, and fire severity are important attributes of a fire regime, but few studies have quantified the interrelationships among them in evaluating a fire year. Although area burned is often used to summarize a fire season, burned area may not be well correlated with either the number or ecological effect of fires. Using the Landsat data archive, we examined all 148 wildland fires (prescribed fires and wildfires) >40 ha from 1984 through 2009 for the portion of the Sierra Nevada centered on Yosemite National Park, California, USA.   [Read More]

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Wildfire Consumption and Interannual Impacts by Land Cover in Alaskan Boreal Forest
Pages: 98-114
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0801098

Boreal forest fires are an important source of terrestrial carbon emissions, particularly during years of widespread wildfires.  Most carbon emission models parameterize wildfire impacts and carbon flux to area burned by fires, therein making the assumption that fires consume a spatiotemporally homogeneous landscape composed of predominantly spruce forests and peat bogs with deep duff layers.  [Read More]

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