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The MAPSS team together with long-time collaborator Chris Daly of the Spatial Climate Analysis Service is using Daly's PRISM model to produce high-resolution data grids of observed fire weather. The PRISM model produces interpolations of weather station data that are sensitive to topography, which is especially important in the complex, fire-prone terrain of the mountainous West. Input station data are gathered primarily from the National Weather Service (NWS) Cooperative Observer Program (COOP) and U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) SNOTEL networks. For mapped examples of the PRISM-generated historical weather data grids see the Spatial Climate Analysis Service's Web...
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The Palmer Drought Severity Index (PDSI) is a measure of drought derived from both precipitation and temperature. Negative (i.e., dry) values of PDSI are closely associated with a high potential for wildland fire. PDSI is based on a supply-and-demand model of soil moisture originally developed by Wayne Palmer, who published his method in the 1965 paper Meteorological Drought for the Office of Climatology of the U.S. Weather Bureau.The index has proven to be most effective in indicating long-term drought (or wetness) over a matter of several months. PDSI calculations are standardized for an individual station (or grid cell) based on the long-term variability of precipitation and temperature at that location....
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The integrity of Amazon forests are currently threatened by climate change, deforestation, and fire. However, it is unclear how these agents of change interact over large spatial and temporal domains and reducing this uncertainty is important for projecting changes in carbon stocks and species biogeography, and could better inform continental scale conservation programs. With this in mind, aboveground biomass and tree cover data were produced using the dynamic global vegetation model, LPJmL, with 9 different global climate models (using the SRES A2 emissions storyline) and 2 different deforestation scenarios (from Soares et al.). The existing fire module was modified to include 'escaped fire' associated with deforestation,...
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This data represents a draft “Integrated” alternative from the DRECP Description and Comparative Evaluation of Draft DRECP Alternatives dated December 17, 2012. Each integrated alternative is comprised of three primary elements: Renewable Energy Development areas, Conservation Area Reserve System areas, and Other Lands.The Renewable Energy Development areas include Development Focus Areas (DFAs) in all alternatives and in Alternatives 1, 6, and 7 also include Solar PEIS Variance lands.The Conservation Area Reserve System includes three components: the BLM Land Use Plan Amendment (LUPA) areas, Conservation Planning Areas, and Existing Conservation. The BLM LUPA areas are comprised of Desert Conservation Lands...
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Mojave and Great Basin Upper Bajada and Toeslope distribution within the DRECP study area.This community was extracted from the Land/Use Natural Vegetation Communities dataset provided by Aerial Information Systems and the California Dept. of Fish and Game. Extractions were based on the GroupCommunity field.The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Vegetation Classification and Mapping Program (VegCAMP) and contractor Aerial Information Systems (AIS) created a fine-scale vegetation map of a portion of the western Mojave Desert in California. The mapped area is bounded to the west and south by USDA Ecoregional Subsection 322Ag of the Mojave Desert (Miles and Goudey 1997). To the east, the portion mapped...
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