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Composite Burn Index (CBI) data and field photos collected for the FIRESEV project, western United States

This set of Composite Burn Index (CBI) data was collected from 2009 to 2011 and supports several products created during the FIRESEV project, which was funded by the Joint Fire Sciences Program. FIRESEV (FIRE SEVerity mapping tools) is a comprehensive set of tools and protocols to deliver, create, and evaluate fire severity maps for all phases of fire management. This CBI data describes fire effects for the western U.S. for five vegetation strata after burning in 2008 to 2010 (Key and Benson 1999). The strata include substrates (litter, duff, fuel, and soil); herbs, low shrubs, and small trees; tall shrubs and sapling trees; intermediate trees; and big trees. The field assessments were conducted in deciduous and coniferous forests, shrublands, and grasslands. The dataset includes information on the fires that burned each area, plot locations and sample protocols, topographic characteristics, canopy characteristics, substrate and ground covers, pre- and post-burn estimates of vegetation in each stratum, estimates of the percentage of plot altered by stratum, CBI values calculated for each of the five strata, and a composite CBI value for the entire plot. Field photos at each location are included for perspective on the field conditions related to the CBI assessments.

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Spatial / Geographical Coverage Area
POLYGON ((-123.3612917 48.2181857, -104.5033995 48.2181857, -104.5033995 31.97096634, -123.3612917 31.97096634))
Spatial / Geographical Coverage Location
The CBI plots span 10 states in the western United States. The northernmost plot is in north central Washington, easternmost is in New Mexico, southernmost is in western Texas, and the westernmost is in northern California. Each set of CBI plots is locate
Forest Service Research Data Archive
Temporal Coverage
October 20, 2009 to September 21, 2011
Contact Name
RMRS Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory
Contact Email
Public Access Level
Program Code
005:059 - Department of Agriculture - Management Activities
Bureau Code
005:96 - Forest Service
Harvested from Forest Service
Harvest Source TitleForest Service
Harvest Source URIhttps://www.fs.usda.gov/rds/rdaoaipmh/o
Last Harvest PerformedSat, 01/18/2020 - 15:18

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U.S. Forest Service