Southern Fire Exchange - a new consortium for fire science information delivery
By Dr. Kevin Roberston, Associate Scientist, Fire Ecology
A group of researchers from Tall Timbers Research Station, University of Florida, North Carolina State University, and the US Forest Service Southern Research Station were recently awarded a two year grant from the Joint Fire Sciences Program to organize a consortium to help deliver fire science information to the end users who most need it. The partners who will make up this consortium, called the Southern Fire Exchange, are too numerous to list, but consist of private research and conservation organizations, universities, and state and federal agencies throughout the region.
Much of the SFE's work will be behind the scenes, helping to build on and improve information transfer systems already in place. For example, it will expand the content and interface tools of the Fire Research and Management Exchange System (FRAMES) and Encyclopedia of Southern Fire Science. The grant will help support continual additions to the Komarek Tall Timbers Fire Ecology Database, which may be further integrated into the other information systems. SFE will organize workshops and field days to bring fire scientists and end users together on relevant topics in the field, and it will help disseminate information from the One Message, Many Voices prescribed fire campaign aimed at the general public. Perhaps most importantly, it will coordinate research scientists to produce new data syntheses on particular land management topics relating to fire. Tall Timbers is excited to be a part of this ambitious but important undertaking.