This 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
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:
- A list of learning objectives for the module to
let you know where you should be headed.
- Reading assignments and discussion topics.
- In most cases, a PowerPoint presentation.
- A demonstration, video clip or a hands-on GIS
lab exercise that includes a homework assignment.
- Submission of lab exercises, participation in
the threaded discussions and submission of a final project are
required components for completing this course.
- Access to a computer that is connected to the
assignments are submitted via Blackboard