Simulating the impacts of fire

A computer program

Peter F. Ffolliott, Phillip Guertin, William D. Rasmussen

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Abstract

Recurrent fire has played a dominant role in the ecology of southwestern ponderosa pine forests. To assess the benefits or losses of fire in these forests, a computer simulation model, called BURN, considers vegetation (mortality, regeneration, and production of herbaceous vegetation), wildlife (populations and habitats), and hydrology (streamflow and water quality). In the formulation of the model, graphical representations (time-trend response curves) of increases or losses (compared to an unburned control) after the occurrence of fire are converted to fixedterm annual ratios, and then annuities for the simulation components. Annuity values higher than 1.0 indicate benefits, while annuity values lower than 1.0 indicate losses. Studies in southwestern ponderosa pine forests utilized in the development of BURN are described briefly.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)809-814
Number of pages6
JournalEnvironmental Management
Volume12
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1988

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Keywords

  • Computer simulation model
  • Fire
  • Hydrology
  • Natural resource response
  • Ponderosa pine forests
  • Vegetation
  • Wildlife

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  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Science(all)

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Simulating the impacts of fire : A computer program. / Ffolliott, Peter F.; Guertin, Phillip; Rasmussen, William D.

In: Environmental Management, Vol. 12, No. 6, 11.1988, p. 809-814.

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Ffolliott, Peter F. ; Guertin, Phillip ; Rasmussen, William D. / Simulating the impacts of fire : A computer program. In: Environmental Management. 1988 ; Vol. 12, No. 6. pp. 809-814.
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