Characterizing 12 Years of Wildland Fire Science at the U.S. Geological Survey: Wildland Fire Science Publications, 2006–17

Open-File Report 2019-1002
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Wildland fire characteristics, such as area burned, number of large fires, burn intensity, and fire season duration, have increased steadily over the past 30 years, resulting in substantial increases in the costs of suppressing fires and managing damages from wildland fire events (National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, 2017). Wildland fire management could benefit from sound decision making based on reliable scientific information. Fire scientists produce data, tools, and information to support fire and land management decision making. With ever-changing land use scenarios, environmental conditions, and emerging technological capabilities, new assessments and studies are continually needed. Established by Congress in 1879, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is the primary science branch of the Department of the Interior (DOI), which manages more than 400 million acres of public lands in the United States. The USGS has more than 100 scientists across seven Mission Areas that help address the wildland fire science needs of DOI bureaus and their stakeholders. The diverse expertise of these scientists allows them to address complex interdisciplinary challenges. In this report, we identify and characterize scientific literature produced by USGS scientists during 2006–17 that addresses topics associated with wildland fire science. Our goals were to (1) make the most complete list possible of product citations readily available in an organized format, and (2) use bibliometric analysis approaches to highlight the productivity of USGS scientists and the impact of contributions that the Bureau has provided to the scientific, land management, and fire management communities.

Suggested Citation

Steblein, P.F., and Miller, M.P., 2018, Characterizing 12 years of wildland fire science at the U.S. Geological Survey—Wildland fire science publications, 2006–17: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019–1002, 67 p.,

ISSN: 2331-1258 (online)

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • Results and Discussion
  • Acknowledgments
  • References Cited
  • Appendix 1. Bibliography
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Characterizing 12 years of wildland fire science at the U.S. Geological Survey: Wildland Fire Science Publications, 2006–17
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 2019-1002
DOI 10.3133/ofr20191002
Year Published 2019
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Office of the AD Ecosystems
Description Report: iii, 67 p.; 2 Companion Files
Country United States
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
Google Analytic Metrics Metrics page
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