An Automated Tool for Deriving FARSITE Canopy Fuel Parameters from Airborne LiDAR Data

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 2007-00318
Amount: $349,846.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
2048 ANALYSIS DR STE B, Bozeman, MT, 59718
DUNS: 049451706
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert Crabtree
 (406) 556-9880
Business Contact
 Karen McIntosh
Title: Senior Program Director
Phone: (406) 556-9880
Research Institution
The USDA is the managing agency for 192.5 million acres, much of which is national forest. A major threat to national forests is uncontrolled wildland fires. These fires are a serious threat to goods and services provided by national forests, including natural resources (timber), forage for livestock and wildlife, outdoor recreation, and a vector to sequester carbon. Healthy forests provide habitats for various plant and animal species and protect soil quality, prevent soil erosion, and improve water quality. This project will allow the USDA to better manage forest ecosystems through innovations in technology. It will allow the USDA and other federal and commercial agencies to calculate forest biomass and potential fuels, as well as provide reproducible inputs into the federally-mandated FARSITE fire software application. The end result will produce a toolkit in which 80% of our processing methodology is automated and 20% is customizable. Customization services will be sold to end-users in the fire management, timber, and insurance industries in conjunction with our web-based visualization application FIRESCAPET. Our browser-based mapping application fuses and displays data from real-time sensor networks at active fires with numerous remote-sensing imagery and weather forecast products. The services developed under this project will directly fill a significant deficiency in the firefighting communityýýýý-the lack of accurate, relevant, and accessible data for ingestion into fire spread models.

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