Philip E. Dennison

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Center for Natural and Technological Hazards, Depa...
University of Utah
Salt Lake City , UT 84112, United States

Publications in Fire Ecology

Sensitivity Analysis of a Fire Spread Model in Chaparral Landscape
Pages: 1-13
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0401001

Due to a unique combination of environmental conditions, the chaparral shrublands of southern California are prone to large, intense wildland fires. There is ongoing work in the fire research community to establish whether fuel accumulation or weather conditions are the determining factor in the prevalence of large chaparral fires. This study introduces a framework for contributing a modeling perspective to understanding these alternative hypotheses.  [Read More]

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Monitoring Live Fuel Moisture Using Soil Moisture and Remote Sensing Proxies
Pages: 71-87
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0803071

Live fuel moisture (LFM) is an important fuel property controlling fuel ignition and fire propagation. LFM varies seasonally, and is controlled by precipitation, soil moisture, evapotranspiration, and plant physiology.  [Read More]

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Modeling Climate-Fire Connections within the Great Basin and 
Upper Colorado River Basin, Western United States

Pages: 64-75
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.1002064

The specific temporal patterns of antecedent conditions associated with fire occurrence in the Great Basin and Upper Colorado River Basin are poorly understood. Using 25 years of combined fire and climate data, we identified unique antecedent patterns of climate conditions prior to fires in the Great Basin and Upper Colorado River Basin. Five distinct antecedent patterns of climate related to fire were found within the region; with these antecedent patterns we were able to construct models of fire danger.  [Read More]

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