USGS Wildland Fire Workshop, EROS Data Center, Sioux Falls, SD, July 9-10, 1997.
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Report on the first workshop on USGS wildland fire expertise and capabilities. The workshop brought together operational and research representatives of the Federal fire management agencies to initiate a more comprehensive assessment of the USGSs capabilities and the appropriate roles for USGS interaction and involvement with the fire community. The report discusses how the USGS can play a significant role in wildland fire research and offer the fire community several unique capabilities. Foremost capability is the role as data producer fire detection, assessment, ecological modeling, and rehabilitation and restoration relying on digital elevation models, digital line-graphs, national technical means, and image data are also discussed. The bureau offers technical expertise using geographic information systems GIS, image processing and analysis, data base management and clearinghouse experience, and access to national technical means data. The bureau must exploit the USGSs expertise and prominence in wildland fire research. The USGS is an experienced player in fire ecology, fire assessment, and fuels loading research. Finally, the USGS also offers strong interdisciplinary experience in watershed and geologic landslide modeling, which is key for assessing postfire effects.
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