Publication Date

8-2007

Committee Chair

Mark P. Kumler, Ph.D.

Committee Members

Jennifer Vollmer, Ph.D.

Abstract

Annual brome (Bromus tectorum), also known as Cheatgrass, is a non-native invasive plant that has degraded rangeland, and wildlife habitat, and has increased the frequency and severity of wildfires in the Western United States. An ArcGIS Server web-enabled GIS decision support system has been developed to empower landowners and land managers to identify critical areas for placing wildfire suppression annual brome fuel break on their land in order to protect their lives and property. The model identifies the critical predictive annual brome habitat and wildfire threat parameters, and uses web services to input the relevant GIS data that represent the model parameters. The GIS analysis is geoprocessed remotely and the potential fire break locations are distributed as a map web service accessible by a web browser with a graphical user interface, on a thinclient computer, along with technical information about the installation of wildfire fuel breaks.

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