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National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis

Project Description

Fire is an essential component of many ecosystems. Anthropogenic factors have altered natural and indigenous fire cycles resulting in catastrophic wildfire and ecosystem changes with profound socio-ecological impacts. Prescribed fire and community wildfire planning are increasingly valuable tools for managing for beneficial effects of wildfire. Inputs to these tools historically rely only on field and remote sensing-based metrics of above ground processes (e.g. vegetation, topography, fuels, wind). Critically, there has been little work directed at integrating freshwater and particularly groundwater into models of fire risk, fire related decision-support tools, and as derived inputs to community wildfire protection plans, prescribed burn plans, and statewide assessments of fire risk. The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is currently engaged in several decision-making activities with regional and local stakeholders around regional prescribed burning and community wildfire protection planning.

Principal Investigator(s)

Kelly Easterday, Mark Reynolds

Project Dates

Start: February 1, 2024

End: October 13, 2024

active

Participants

Sasha Berleman
Audubon Canyon Ranch
Kaili P. Brande
University of California Santa Barbara
Carlie Domingues
University of California, Davis
Joan Dudney
University of California
Kelly Easterday
The Nature Conservancy
Caitlin Fong
University of California, Santa Barbara
Devyn Friedfel
Pepperwood Preserve
Glenn G. Gazdecki
Santa Barbara County
Sarah Gibson
The Nature Conservancy
Michelle Halbur
Pepperwood Preserve
Rob Hazard
Santa Barbara County Fire Department
Elizabeth Hiroyasu
The Nature Conservancy
Lyza Johnsen
University of California Santa Barbara
Moses Katkowski
The Nature Conservancy
Mahsa Khodaee
The Nature Conservancy
Vince LaRocco
Santa Barbara County Fire Department
Jordan Legrys
University of California, Santa Barbara
Sophia Leiker
University of California, Santa Barbara
Carrie Levine
Spatial Informatics Group
Seth Mitchell
USDA Forest Service
Nicole A. Molinari
USDA Forest Service
Max A. Moritz
University of California Santa Barbara
Dar A. Roberts
University of California, Santa Barbara
Teresa Romero
Native Coast Action Network
Clare Saiki
University of California, Santa Barbara
Jason Sweet
Santa Barbara County Fire Department
Fred Tan
Santa Barbara County Fire Department
Emma C. Underwood
University of California, Davis
Rodolfo M Uribe
Los Padres National Forest
Paul Van Leer
University of California Santa Barbara
Kevin Varga
University of California, Santa Barbara
Althea Walker
Climate Science Alliance
Graham Wesolowski
Spatial Informatics Group Natural Assets Laboratory
Tracy West
The Nature Conservancy
Kate Wilkin
San Jose State University
Marion Wittmann
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation