LANDFIRE SClass (Succession Classes) v1.4.0

LANDFIRE/Fire/SClass/v1_4_0
Dataset Availability
2014-09-01T00:00:00 - 2014-09-01T00:00:00
Dataset Provider
Earth Engine Snippet
ee.ImageCollection("LANDFIRE/Fire/SClass/v1_4_0")
Tags
vegetation fire wildfire usgs usda doi nature-conservancy landfire

Description

LANDFIRE (LF), Landscape Fire and Resource Management Planning Tools, is a shared program between the wildland fire management programs of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service, U.S. Department of the Interior's Geological Survey, and The Nature Conservancy.

Landfire (LF) Historical fire regimes, intervals, and vegetation conditions are mapped using the Vegetation Dynamics Development Tool (VDDT). These data support fire and landscape management planning goals in the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy, the Federal Wildland Fire Management Policy, and the Healthy Forests Restoration Act.

The Succession Classes (SClass) layer characterizes current vegetation conditions with respect to the vegetation species composition, cover, and height ranges of successional states that occur within each biophysical setting. SClass can also represent uncharacteristic vegetation components, such as exotic species, that are not found within the compositional or structural variability of successional states defined for a biophysical setting. Succession classes do not directly quantify fuel characteristics of the current vegetation, but rather represent vegetative states with unique succession or disturbance-related dynamics, such as structural development or fire frequency. To produce SClass, the historical reference conditions of these successional states were derived from the vegetation and disturbance dynamics model VDDT (Vegetation Dynamics Development Tool) (LF_1.0.0 CONUS only used the vegetation and disturbance dynamics model LANDSUM). The area contained in succession classes is compared to the simulated historical reference conditions to calculate measurements of vegetation departure, such as fire regime condition class. SClass is used in landscape assessments.

The LANDIFRE Fire datasets include:

  • Fire Regime Groups (FRG) is intended to characterize presumed historical fire regimes within landscapes based on interactions between vegetation dynamics, fire spread, fire effects, and spatial context
  • Mean Fire Return Interval (MFRI) quantifies the average period between fires under the presumed historical fire regime
  • Percent of Low-severity Fire (PLS) image quantifies the amount of low-severity fires relative to mixed- and replacement-severity fires under the presumed historical fire regime and is defined as less than 25 percent average top-kill within a typical fire perimeter for a given vegetation type
  • Percent of Mixed-severity Fire (PMS) layer quantifies the amount of mixed-severity fires relative to low- and replacement-severity fires under the presumed historical fire regime, and is defined as between 25 and 75 percent average top-kill within a typical fire perimeter for a given vegetation type
  • Percent of Replacement-severity Fire (PRS) layer quantifies the amount of replacement-severity fires relative to low- and mixed-severity fires under the presumed historical fire regime, and is defined as greater than 75 percent average top-kill within a typical fire perimeter for a given vegetation type
  • Succession Classes (SClass) layer characterizes current vegetation conditions with respect to the vegetation species composition, cover, and height ranges of successional states that occur within each biophysical setting
  • Vegetation Condition Class (VCC) represents a simple categorization of the associated Vegetation Departure (VDEP) layer and indicates the general level to which current vegetation is different from the simulated historical vegetation reference conditions
  • Vegetation Departure (VDep) indicates how different current vegetation on a landscape is from estimated historical conditions. VDep is based on changes to species composition, structural stage, and canopy closure.'

Bands

Resolution
30 meters

Bands

Name Description
SClass

Succession Classes

SClass Class Table

Value Color Description
1 a16333 Succession Class A
2 38a800 Succession Class B
3 c9deab Succession Class C
4 fff8a6 Succession Class D
5 004a4d Succession Class E
6 a00000 Uncharacteristic Native Vegetation Cover / Structure / Composition
7 ff0000 Uncharacteristic Exotic Vegetation
111 0000ff Water
112 c8ffff Snow / Ice
120 8400a8 Non-burnable Urban
121 e8beff Burnable Urban
131 4e4e4e Barren
132 b2b2b2 Sparsely Vegetated
180 ffff00 Non-burnable Agriculture
181 ffaa00 Burnable Agriculture

Collection Properties

Collection Properties

Name Type Description
SClass_classes DOUBLE

Class values of the Succession Classes.

SClass_names STRING

Descriptive names of Succession Classes.

Terms of Use

Terms of Use

LANDFIRE data are public domain data with no use restrictions, though if modifications or derivatives of the product(s) are created, then please add some descriptive modifier to the data set to avoid confusion.

Citations

Citations:
  • The suggested way to cite LANDFIRE products is specific to each product, so the model for citation is provided, with an example for a particular product. Producer. Year released. Product xxxxx:

    • Individual model name.
    • BpS Models and Descriptions, Online. LANDFIRE. Washington, DC. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
    • U.S. Department of the Interior; U.S. Geological Survey; Arlington, VA
    • The Nature Conservancy (Producers). Available- URL. Access date.

    Example Citation: LANDFIRE Biophysical Settings. 2018. Biophysical setting 14420: South Texas sand sheet grassland. In: LANDFIRE Biophysical Setting Model: Map zone 36, [Online]. In: BpS Models and Descriptions. In: LANDFIRE. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service; U.S. Department of the Interior; U.S. Geological Survey; Arlington, VA: The Nature Conservancy (Producers). Available: https://www.landfire.gov/national_veg_models_op2.php [2018, June 27]. Additional guidance on citation of LANDFIRE products can be found here

Explore in Earth Engine

var dataset = ee.ImageCollection('LANDFIRE/Fire/SClass/v1_4_0');

var visualization = {
  bands: ['SClass'],
};

Map.setCenter(-121.671, 40.699, 5);

Map.addLayer(dataset, visualization, 'SClass');