2014-2015 Partnership accomplishments report on joint activities: National Gap Analysis Program and LANDFIRE

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Abstract

The intended target audience for this document initially is management and project technical specialist and scientists involved in the Gap Analysis Program (GAP) and the Landscape Fire and Resource Management Planning Tools - (LANDFIRE) program to help communicate coordination activities to all involved parties. This document is also intended to give background information in other parts of the USGS and beyond, although some details given are relatively oriented to management of the respective programs.

Because the Gap Analysis Program (GAP) and the Landscape Fire and Resource Management Planning Tools - LANDFIRE programs both rely on characterizations of land cover using similar scales and resolutions, the programs have been coordinating their work to improve scientific consistency and efficiency of production. Initial discussions and informal sharing of ideas and work began in 2008. Although this collaboration was fruitful, there was no formal process for reporting results, plans, or outstanding issues, nor was there any formally-defined coordinated management team that spanned the two programs. In 2012, leadership from the two programs agreed to strengthen the coordination of their respective work efforts. In 2013 the GAP and LANDFIRE programs developed an umbrella plan of objectives and components related to three mutual focus areas for the GAP and LANDFIRE collaboration for the years 2013 and 2014 (GAP/LANDFIRE 2013). The evolution of this partnership resulted in the drafting of an inter-program Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in 2014. This MOU identified three coordination topics relevant to the two programs participating at this point in the MOU history:

  1. Vegetation mapping
  2. Disturbance classes
  3. Formal quality assessment

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype Other Report
Title 2014-2015 Partnership accomplishments report on joint activities: National Gap Analysis Program and LANDFIRE
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher LANDFIRE
Contributing office(s) GAP Analysis Project, Core Science Analytics, Synthesis, and Libraries, Core Science Analytics and Synthesis
Description 6 p.