Metadata Updated: November 12, 2020

LANDFIRE disturbance data are developed to provide temporal and spatial information related to landscape change for determining vegetation transitions over time and for making subsequent updates to LANDFIRE vegetation, fuel and other data. Disturbance data include attributes associated with disturbance year, type, and severity. These data are developed through use of Landsat satellite imagery, local agency derived disturbance polygons, and other ancillary data. DATA SUMMARY: The disturbance data are developed through a multistep process. Inputs to this process include; Landsat imagery and derived NBR (normalized burn ratio) data; polygon data developed by local agencies for the LANDFIRE Refresh effort; fire data obtained from MTBS (Monitoring Trends in Burn Severity), BARC (Burned Area Reflectance Classification,), and RAVG (Rapid Assessment of Vegetation Condition after Wildfire) fire mapping efforts; and PAD (Protected Area Database) data. LANDSAT imagery and derived NBR data are not included in Alaska disturbance grids. Refresh Event polygon data are provided to LANDFIRE by various local, regional, and national agencies and organizations. Disturbance type and year information is included as attributes for each polygon and transferred to the disturbance grids. Severity is determined by using dNBR (difference Normalized Burn Ratio) data classified into high, medium, and low severity levels based on a statistical comparison with the MTBS, BARC, and RAVG fire severity. Vegetation Tracker (Huang, et. al. 2008) algorithms are used to identify disturbances outside of Refresh Events. VCT data are developed for each year identifying disturbed areas as well as severity. Since disturbance type (i.e. causality) is not determined in the VCT process, a spatial analysis is done comparing the VCT output to buffered (1kilometer) Refresh Events and PAD GAP Status information (land use characteristics). While not providing a precise type of disturbance, this analysis provides information useful for narrowing down the types of disturbance that could or could not typically occur. Each zone has ten disturbance grids, one for each year 1999 to 2008. Each grid is attributed with year, disturbance type (if known, otherwise a description of possible types), severity, and the data sources used to create the data.

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Metadata Date February 1, 2007
Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date November 12, 2020
Reference Date(s) January 1, 2010 (publication)
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Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date February 1, 2007
Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date November 12, 2020
Reference Date(s) January 1, 2010 (publication)
Responsible Party Wildland Fire Science, Earth Resources Observation and Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey (Point of Contact)
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Access Constraints Use Constraints: Although LANDFIRE products are delivered as 30-meter pixels, they should not be used at the individual pixel level or on small groups of pixels. LANDFIRE products were designed to support 1) national (all states) strategic planning, 2) regional (single large states or groups of smaller states), and 3) strategic/tactical planning for large sub-regional landscapes and Fire Management Units (FMUs) (such as significant portions of states or multiple federal administrative entities). The applicability of LANDFIRE products to support fire and land management planning on smaller areas will vary by product, location, and specific use. Further investigation by local and regional experts should be conducted to inform decisions regarding local applicability. However, it is the responsibility of the local user, using LANDFIRE metadata and local knowledge, to determine if and/or how LANDFIRE can be used for particular areas of interest. LANDFIRE products are not intended to replace local products, but rather serve as a back-up by providing wall-to-wall cross-boundary products. It is the responsibility of the user to be familiar with the value, assumptions, and limitations of LANDFIRE products. Managers and planners must evaluate LANDFIRE data according to the scale and requirements specific to their needs., Access Constraints: None
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Licence This product is reproduced from geospatial information prepared by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service and USGS EROS. By removing the contents of this package or taking receipt of these files via electronic file transfer methods, you understand that the data stored on this media is in draft condition. Represented features may not be in an accurate geographic location. The Forest Service and USGS EROS make no expressed or implied warranty, including warranty of merchantability and fitness, with respect to the character, function, or capabilities of the data or their appropriateness for any user's purposes. The Forest Service and USGS EROS reserve the right to correct, update, modify, or replace this geospatial information without notification.
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