Earth  ID: 10634

Wildfire and Pine Beetles

Mountain pine beetles are native to Western forests, but in recent years their numbers have skyrocketed. As they damage more trees and kill whole regions of forest, some worry that the dead forest left behind has become a tinderbox ready to burn. But do pine beetles really increase fire risk?Using Landsat satellite data, University of Wisconsin forest ecologist Phil Townsend and his team are discovering that pine beetle damage appears not to have a significant impact in the risk of large fires. In fact, it might even reduce fire risk in some instances.


Credits

Jennifer A. Shoemaker (UMBC): Video Editor
Rich Melnick (HTSI): Video Editor
Phil Townsend (University of Wisconsin): Interviewee
Jefferson Beck (UMBC): Narrator
Jennifer A. Shoemaker (UMBC): Producer
Phil Townsend (University of Wisconsin): Scientist
George Potter (Freelance): Videographer
Jennifer A. Shoemaker (UMBC): Writer
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Mission:
Landsat

Data Used:
Landsat

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Keywords:
DLESE >> Biology
SVS >> Climate
DLESE >> Ecology
SVS >> Fire Management
SVS >> HDTV
DLESE >> Human geography
DLESE >> Natural hazards
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Climate Indicators >> Fire Weather Indices
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Biosphere >> Animal Taxonomy >> Insects
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Biosphere >> Ecological Dynamics >> Fire Characteristics
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Biosphere >> Ecological Dynamics >> Fire Occurrence
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Human Dimensions >> Natural Hazards >> Fires
DLESE >> Narrated
NASA Science >> Earth

GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version 8.0.0.0.0