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Annual Disturbance

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This page includes a general description of the product, please consult the schedule and version pages for information specific to each release.

LANDFIRE (LF) Annual Disturbance (Dist) products depict where change occurred on the landscape, both spatially and temporally, on an annual basis. These products inform model vegetation transitions to provide updates to LF vegetation, fuel, and fire regime products.

Disturbance products are developed by combining fire program data (e.g., Monitoring Trends in Burn Severity (MTBS)), cooperator-provided field data via the LF Events Geodatabase, and change detection methods using Landsat imagery.

Annual Disturbance products are attributed with disturbance year, type, and severity. These products are applicable in several areas of research and management such as landscape change, habitat gain/loss, carbon stock change, vegetation restoration, and more.

LF 2016 Remap and beyond includes a 90-kilometer buffer along the 1,500 miles of the eastern and southern borders AK shares with Canada. Then with the LF 2020 update, and future updates, for the Conterminous United States (CONUS) a 90-kilometer buffer into Mexico is also included.

Annual Nationwide Remote Sensing of Disturbance for LANDFIRE (2021)
Methods used to mitigate data gaps in LF 2012 and beyond.PDF

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Attribute Data Dictionary PDF

Comma separated value (CSV) files can be found in the LF Library.

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Northwest region - LF 2016 Remap Dist 2016


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