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burnr: Fire history analysis and graphics in R

June 1, 2018

We developed a new software package, burnr, for fire history analysis and plotting in the Rstatistical programming environment. It was developed for tree-ring fire-scar analysis, but is broadly applicable to other event analyses (e.g., avalanches, frost rings, or culturally modified trees). Our new package can read, write, and manipulate standard tree-ring fire history FHX files, produce fire—demography charts, calculate fire frequency and seasonality statistics, and run superposed epoch analysis (SEA). A key benefit of burnr is that it enables automation of analyses and plotting, especially for large data sets. The package also facilitates creative plotting, mapping, and analyses when combined with the thousands of packages available in R. In this paper, we describe the basic functionality of burnr and introduce users to fire history analyses in R.

Publication Year 2018
Title burnr: Fire history analysis and graphics in R
DOI 10.1016/j.dendro.2018.02.005
Authors Steven B. Malevich, Christopher H. Guiterman, Ellis Margolis
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Dendrochronologia
Index ID 70198520
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Fort Collins Science Center