Fire Ecology Program
Fuels, Fire Behavior, Emissions
Studying the spatial extent of ﬁre, fuel loading, ﬁre behavior, fuel consumption, and amount of smoke produced is essential to understanding both natural ecosystem processes and how to minimize the impacts of ﬁre on human populations. We continue to work on improving methods for using remote sensing by satellites to better estimate are burned in the region. We have worked to quantify fuel loading and consumption, and have collaborated with Florida A&M University to measure the amount of smoke produced by ﬁres (particulate matter emission factors) under varying conditions and modes of combustion.
Hsieh, Y.P., G.C. Bugna and K.M. Robertson. 2016. Examination of two assumptions commonly used to determine PM2.5 emission factors for wildland ﬁres. Atmospheric Environment 147:274-283.
Hu, X.F., C. Yu, D. Tian, M. Ruminski, K. Robertson, L.A. Waller, and Y. Liu. 2016. Comparison of the hazard mapping system (HMS) ﬁre product to groundbased ﬁre records in Georgia, USA. Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres 121:2901-2910.
Bried, J., N.J. Giﬀord, and K.M. Robertson. 2015. Predicted crown ﬁre risk adds incentive to restore opencanopy pine barrens at the wildlandurban interface. 2014. Journal of Sustainable Forestry 34:147167.
Robertson, K.M., Y.P. Hsieh, and G.C. Bugna. 2014. Fire environment eﬀects on particulate matter emission factors in southeastern U.S. pinegrasslands. Atmospheric Environment 99:104-111.
Reid, A.M., K.M. Robertson, and T.L. Hmielowski. 2012. Predicting litter and live herb fuel consumption during prescribed ﬁres in native and oldﬁeld upland pine communities of the southeastern United States. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 42:1611-1622.
Reid, A.M. and K.M. Robertson. 2012. Energy content of common fuels in upland pine savannas of the southeastern U.S. and their application to ﬁre behavior modeling. International Journal of Wildland Fire 21:591-595.
Picotte, J.J. and K.M. Robertson. 2011. Timing constraints on remote sensing of wildland ﬁre burned area in the southeastern U.S. Remote Sensing 3:16801690, doi:10.3390/rs3081680.
French, N.H.F., W. de Groot, L.K. Jenkins, E. Alvarado, B. Amiro, B. de Jong, S. Goetz, E. Hoy, E. Hyer, E.S. Kasischke, R. Keane, B.E. Law, D. McKenzie, S.G. McNulty, R. Ottmar, D.P. Salicrup, J. Randerson, K.M. Robertson, B.M. Rogers, M. Turetsky, and G. van der Werf. 2011. Estimating wildland ﬁre emissions for carbon cycle science. Journal of Geophysical Research 116, G00K05, doi:10.1029/2010JG001469.
Picotte, J.J. and K.M. Robertson. 2011. Validation of remote sensing of burn severity in southeastern U.S. ecosystems. International Journal of Wildland Fire 20:453-464.
Hsieh, Y.P., G. Bugna, and K.M. Robertson. 2010. Chemical signature of biomass burning emitted PM2.5 and the detection of its presence in the air by a rapid method. Tall Timbers Fire Ecology Conference Proceedings 24:73-78.
Picotte, J.J. and K.M. Robertson. 2010. Remote sensing of wildland ﬁre burned area in southeastern U.S. Coastal Plain habitats. Tall Timbers Fire Ecology Conference Proceedings 24:86-93.
Robertson, K.M. and T.E. Ostertag. 2007. Eﬀects of land use on fuel characteristics and ﬁre behavior in pinelands of southwest Georgia. Tall Timbers Fire Ecology Conference Proceedings 23:181-191.