Fire Ecology, 2007
Volume 3, Issue 1
Fire is a primary change agent in many terrestrial ecosystems. Appreciation is growing for the essential role ﬁre plays in ﬁre-adapted ecosystems. Nevertheless, humans living in the wildland urban interface (WUI) understandably regard ﬁres as a threat to their safety, their property, or the natural resources and ecosystem services upon which they depend. As land development has expanded into the WUI, so has the demand for better spatial information regarding ﬁre danger and ﬁre effects, both short- and long-term.
Remote sensing has become essential for mapping: 1) wildland ﬁre perimeters, 2) the area burned within the perimeter, and 3) the variability and severity of ecological effects on vegetation and soils within the area burned. The current state of post-ﬁre remote sensing applications is either directly described or exempliﬁed by several applications in this compilation of eight articles for this special issue of Fire Ecology. These papers originated from oral presentations delivered at the 3rd International Fire Ecology and Management Congress, held in San Diego, California, 13-17 November 2006.