Fire Fuel Protocol
Scientists using NASA satellite data and climate models predict that the risk of wildfires will increase in coming decades. The frequency and severity of wildfires has increased, and the length of the wildfire season is now longer. These changes are attributed in part to drier environmental conditions, drought, and an unnatural build up of fuels load, which increase the risk of wildfires occurring.
To raise awareness about wildfire risk and engage the public in contributing to fuels load data collection, the existing GLOBE (Global Observations to Benefit the Environment) Fire Fuel protocol is being redesigned using the Photoload Sampling Technique method. The goal is to create an intuitive, visually-based protocol that supports rapid assessment of fuels load by citizen scientists.
This collaborative project aims to streamline the process of fuels data collection and provide reliable data that can help inform fuels management. The protocol is being co-developed as both paper-based and app-based versions. A series of Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) community training workshops and field campaigns are planned to pilot both versions of the GLOBE Fire Fuel protocol, which will assess its usability and viability of data.
The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences Education & Outreach group is working work with the GLOBE Observer app team, U.S. Forest Service (USFS) experts, fire science researchers, and local resource managers and WUI communities to refine the protocol from a citizen science perspective.
Award Number: 80NSSC18K0126