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Assessment of fuel dryness index on Mediterranean vegetation

Spano, Donatella Emma Ignazia and Duce, Pierpaolo and Snyder, Richard L. and Zara, Pierpaolo and Ventura, Andrea (2005) Assessment of fuel dryness index on Mediterranean vegetation. In: Joint Meeting of the 6th Symposium on Fire and Forest Meteorology and 19th Interior West Fire Council Meeting, 25-27 October 2005, Canmore (AB), Canada. Boston, American Meteorological Society. p. 4. Conference or Workshop Item.

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Various approaches and models have been developed to determine moisture content for all fuel levels since the amount of moisture in fuel determines how much of the fuel will burn. All well-known integrated rating systems such as the Canadian Forest Fire Weather Index (FWI), the McArthur Fire Danger Index (FDI), the remote sensing based Fire Potential Index (FPI), and the U.S. National Fire Danger Rating System (NFDRS) include sub-models for estimating fine fuel availability and fine fuel moisture. The most commonly used sub-models are the Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI) from Keetch and Byram (1968) and the time lag fuel moisture classes of the NFDRS, the fine fuel moisture, duff and drought codes of the Canadian FWI, and the drought factor and the fuel moisture sub-model of the FDI.
In this paper the Fd index was used to investigate the potential for characterization of fuel dryness in Mediterranean shrublands where the canopy volume is larger than in grassland and the fuel includes living vegetation and dead material.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
ID Code:2712
Uncontrolled Keywords:Fire potential assessment, Canadian Forest Fire Weather Index, fuel dryness, Mediterranean area
Subjects:Area 07 - Scienze agrarie e veterinarie > AGR/03 Arboricoltura generale e coltivazioni arboree
Divisions:002 Altri enti e centri di ricerca del Nord Sardegna > CNR-Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche > Istituto di biometeorologia, Sassari
001 Università di Sassari > 01 Dipartimenti > Economia e sistemi arborei
Publisher:American Meteorological Society
Deposited On:18 Aug 2009 10:08

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