Spatial relationships between burn patterns, pre-burn vegetation composition and distribution, and short-term vegetation recovery in Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia (collaborator: Paul Wetzel, Smith College)
May 2008 - February 2010
- USFWS Region 5
1. Describe fire severity and fire spatial (patch size and shape) patterns based on spatial data currently available from ONWR (i.e., the 2007, 2.5m resolution SPOT panchromatic data). 2. Develop a vegetation classification of newly acquired (this study) satellite imagery with aerial photography and site-based sampling (limited to ground-truthing sites). 3. Compare the burn pattern descriptive analysis with new (this study) and archived (Loftin and McCloskey) vegetation classifications to document short-term vegetation change following the 2007 fires.
|Wetzel, P., and C.S. Loftin. Characteristics of a large, infrequent disturbance in a wetland ecosystem: Fire in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia, USA. 2010 Ecological Society of America annual meeting, 1-6 August, Pittsburg, PA. Wetzel presented.||August 2010|
|Loftin, C.S., and P.Wetzel. 2011. Human perceptions and ecological effects of fire in Okefenokee Swamp; Department of Wildlife Ecology, University of Maine. Loftin presented. Invited.||February 2011|