Center For Forest Disturbance Science (SRS RWU 4156)

The Center for Forest Disturbance Science is a research project of the US Forest Service Southern Research Station focused on the study of disturbance processes across scales and their risk of occurrence in order to develop innovative management strategies for reducing vulnerability of ecosystems to degradation.

Selected News and Events

Liberia Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

John Stanturf, Scott Goodrick and Mel Warren (SRS-Oxford) spent most of September in Liberia, conducting a Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for the USAID-Liberia mission. They spent the first week in Monrovia meeting with staff from various Liberian government agencies, staff of the AID mission, and non-governmental organizations. During week two they traveled southeast along the coast to the port city of Buchanan and north to the iron ore mining area of Nimba Province, close to the border with Sierra Leone and Guinea. They are concentrating on the present condition and utilization of key natural resources (forestry, agriculture, mining, and fisheries), identifying proposed development activities in these areas, and assessing how vulnerable they are to climate change and variability. A major challenge is that there are no consistent meteorological data for Liberia; very little has been collected since the civil wars began in the 1980s and most of what was collected prior to that was lost during the conflicts.

posted Nov 27, 2010 by John Stanturf

Achtemeier and Liu present at Fire Behavior and Fuels conference

Gary Achtemeier attended the 3rd Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference held at Spokane, Washington and gave oral and poster presentations. The oral presentation was “What Rabbit Rules tells us about the Esperanza Fire: Step 1: Fire Spread up Cabazon Mountain.” The paper described Rabbit Rules simulations of fire spread for variations in height of grass and presence of rockiness and gullies. The Esperanza Fire was a major event in Southern California in 2006. The poster was “Toward a Rule-Driven Wind Model for Mountainous Terrain.” Yong Liu also presented a poster at the conference entitled “Simulation and Evaluation of Smoke Plume Rise with Modified Daysmoke.” Achtemeier also gave a training session on Rabbit Rules to nine interested parties at the 3rd Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference. The purpose of the training session was to inform land managers of Rabbit Rules and encourage collaboration. Students from the US, Canada, Turkey, and Australia attended the workshop.

posted Nov 27, 2010 by John Stanturf

Visit to FORIG

Gary Achtemeier attended the 3rd Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference held at Spokane, Washington and gave oral and poster presentations. The oral presentation was “What Rabbit Rules tells us about the Esperanza Fire: Step 1: Fire Spread up Cabazon Mountain.” The paper described Rabbit Rules simulations of fire spread for variations in height of grass and presence of rockiness and gullies. The Esperanza Fire was a major event in Southern California in 2006. The poster was “Toward a Rule-Driven Wind Model for Mountainous Terrain.” Yong Liu also presented a poster at the conference entitled “Simulation and Evaluation of Smoke Plume Rise with Modified Daysmoke.” Achtemeier also gave a training session on Rabbit Rules to nine interested parties at the 3rd Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference. The purpose of the training session was to inform land managers of Rabbit Rules and encourage collaboration. Students from the US, Canada, Turkey, and Australia attended the workshop.

posted Nov 27, 2010 by John Stanturf

Stanturf hands over reins to Goodrick

President Harry Truman’s famous saying,“The buck stops here” applies to Project Leaders as well. Here John Stanturf is passing the sawbuck (inflation, remember?) to Scott Goodrick at a gathering in Athens to celebrate the succession. Scott Goodrick has taken over as Project Leader for the Center Forest Disturbance Science. John Stanturf returns to full-time research at CFDS, although he will serve as Acting Project Leader until January 1, 2011 while Scott completes his Executive Leadership training program. In a related move, Yongqiang Liu will assume responsibility as Team Leader for the Atmospheric Science Team in CFDS.

posted Nov 27, 2010 by John Stanturf