REM407: GIS Applications in Fire Ecology and Management

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REM407 (2cr)

Course Goals

FireThis course introduces the student to applications of GIS in fire ecology research and management. The course gives the student insight in fire incident mapping, fire behavior and fire effects models and maps, GIS overlay analysis, fire severity assessments using remote sensing, fire atlas data, availability and access of LANDFIRE data, the role of GIS in the Fire Regime Condition Class (FRCC) concept. We read and discuss research papers related to GIS and fire research, view demonstrations of GIS analysis techniques, engage in hands-on exercises producing BARC maps, compare fire effects under different burning conditions, analyze fire-atlas data, and GIS overlay analysis of topography, vegetation and fire perimeters.

Course Structure

As you can see from the Lesson Schedule, this course is divided into 9 general topics. We will spend 1 week on each topic. Each Lesson is divided into one module. In each Lesson you will find the following information:

  1. A list of learning objectives for the module to let you know where you should be headed.
  2. Reading assignments and discussion topics.
  3. In most cases, a PowerPoint presentation.
  4. A demonstration, video clip or a hands-on GIS lab exercise that includes a homework assignment.
  5. Submission of lab exercises, participation in the threaded discussions and submission of a final project are required components for completing this course.
Course Requirements



  • Access to a computer that is connected to the Internet

Blackboard Login

All assignments are submitted via Blackboard