Dr. Eric Rowell Joins the Wildland Fire Science Program

Eric RowelThe Tall Timbers’ Wildland Fire Science Program welcomes Dr. Eric Rowell as a Wildland Fire Spatial Scientist to bring terrestrial LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) analysis expertise to our growing program. Eric comes to Tall Timbers from The FireCenter at the University of Montana where he studied remote sensing of fuels through the use of terrestrial LiDAR systems. At the FireCenter, Eric collaborated with Prescribed Fire Consortium partners including Tall Timbers to develop fuel models and relate them to fire behavior.

At Tall Timbers, Eric will work on several projects including leading a Department of Defense SERDP Grant that seeks to accurately characterize natural vegetation and fuels in three-dimensional space. Additionally, he will support the development of fuel models that can be used in next generation fire modeling software that can be used to inform managers in prescribed fire decision making.

Eric represents another step forward in creating a world class wildland fire program at Tall Timbers.

Dr. Eric Rowell uses a terretrial LiDAR system to scan a portion of Pebble Hill Plantation in Thomas County, Georgia.

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