Fire Ecology Program
The Fire Ecology Program focuses on areas of fire science needed for the continued use of prescribed fire as a conservation and land management tool into the future. In order to both accomplish fire management goals and protect human health and safety, it is important to accurately estimate fire emissions, including smoke, particulate matter, and various chemicals. We study each of the components needed to estimate fire emissions and their impacts, including:
- Burned area through satellite remote sensing and records keeping systems;
- Fuel consumption of various fuel types;
- Emissions produced per biomass consumed (emission factors);
- Chemical composition of emissions.
We also study the effect of prescribed fire ignition techniques and weather conditions on fire behavior and effects. We collaborate with the Tall Timbers Wildland Fire Science Program in support of their research initiatives.