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Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences
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College of Natural Resources

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875 Perimeter Drive MS 1133
Moscow, ID 83844-1133
Alistair Smith

Alistair Smith


Office: CNR 204C
Phone: (208) 885-1009
Email: alistair@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1133
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1133

College of Natural Resources
Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences
Associate Professor
Program Lead, Fire Ecology and Management
Director, Idaho Fire Initiative for Research and Education (IFIRE)

Campus Locations: Moscow
With UI Since 2003


  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Remote sensing
    • Forestry
    • Fire science
    • Smoke and air quality
  • Biography

    Dr Smith is a physicist that conducts applied research in multiple natural resource fields including the study of vegetation from satellites and the study of what controls combustion, fire spread, and smoke emissions in wildland fires. Dr Smith did his BSc in Physics from the University of Edinburgh, with both his MSc in Physics and PhD in Geography from the University of London. Dr Smith joined the University of Idaho community in 2003.

  • Selected Publications
    • Smith, A.M.S., Kolden, C.A., Tinkham, W.T., Talhelm, A., Marshall, J.D., Hudak, A.T., Boschetti, L., Falkowski, M.J., Greenberg, J.A., Anderson, J.W., Kliskey, A. , Alessa, L., Keefe, R.F., and Gosz, J. 2014. Remote Sensing the Vulnerability of Vegetation in Natural Terrestrial Ecosystems, Remote Sensing of Environment, 10.1016/j.rse.2014.03.038. 
    • Smith, A.M.S., Tinkham, W.T., Roy, D.P., Boschetti, L., Kumar, S. Sparks, A.M, Kremens, R.L. and Falkowski, M.J. 2013. Quantification of fuel moisture effects on biomass consumed derived from fire radiative energy retrievals, Geophysical Research Letters, 40, 6298-6302. 10.1002/2013GL058232.
    • Meingast, K.M., Falkowski, M.J., Kane, E.S., Potvin, L.R., Benscoter, B.W., Smith, A.M.S., Bourgeau-Chavez, L.L. & Miller, M.E. 2015. Spectral detection of near surface moisture content and water table position in northern peatland ecosystems, Remote Sensing of Environment, in press.
    • Smith, A.M.S., Falkowski, M.J., Greenberg, J.A. and Tinkham, T. 2014. Remote sensing of vegetation structure, function, and condition, Remote Sensing of Environment, 10.1016/j.rse.2014.05.002. 
    • Smith, A.M.S., Kolden, C.A., Tinkham, W.T., Talhelm, A., Marshall, J.D., Hudak, A.T., Boschetti, L., Falkowski, M.J., Greenberg, J.A., Anderson, J.W., Kliskey, A. , Alessa, L., Keefe, R.F., and Gosz, J. 2014. Remote Sensing the Vulnerability of Vegetation in Natural Terrestrial Ecosystems, Remote Sensing of Environment, 10.1016/j.rse.2014.03.038. 
    • Leslie, I.N., Heinse, R., Smith, A.M.S. and McDaniel, P.A. 2014, Soil-pipe morphology in forested hillslopes with restrictive horizons, Soil Science Society of America Journal, 78, 3, doi:10.2136/sssaj2014.01.0008. 
    • Poznanovic, A.J., Falkowski, M.J., MacLean, A.L., Evans, J.S. and Smith, A.M.S. 2014. Accuracy assessment of five methods for estimating western juniper (Juniperus occidentalis) canopy cover, PE&RS, 80, 5, 45-55.
    • Birch, D.S., Morgan P., Kolden, C.A., Hudak, A.T. and Smith A.M.S. 2014. Is proportion burned severely related to daily area burned?" Environmental Research Letters, 9, 064011, doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/9/6/064011.
    • Lannom, K.O, Tinkham, W.T. , Smith, A.M.S., Abatzoglou, J., Newingham, B.A., Hall, T.E., Morgan P, Strand E.K., Paveglio, T.B. Anderson, J.W, and Sparks A.M., 2014. Defining extreme wildland fires using geospatial data, International Journal of Wildland Fire, 23, 322-377, doi:10.1071/WF13065.
    • Kreye, J.K., Brewer, N.B., Morgan, P., Varner, J.M, Smith, A.M.S., Hoffman, C.H., and Ottmar, R.D. 2014. Fire behaviour in masticated fuels: a review, Forest Ecology and Management, 314, 193-207. 10.1016/j.foreco.2013.11.035. 
    • Tinkham W., Smith A.M.S., Marshal, H-P., Link, T.E and Falkowski, M.J, 2014. Quantifying spatial distribution of snow depth errors from LiDAR using Random Forests, Remote Sensing of Environment, 141, 105-115. doi: 10.1016/j.rse.2013.10.021. 
    • Smith, A.M.S., Tinkham, W.T., Roy, D.P., Boschetti, L., Kumar, S. Sparks, A.M, Kremens, R.L. and Falkowski, M.J. 2013. Quantification of fuel moisture effects on biomass consumed derived from fire radiative energy retrievals, Geophysical Research Letters, 40, 6298-6302. 10.1002/2013GL058232. 
    • Heward H*., Smith A.M.S*., Roy, D.P.*, Tinkham, W.T., Hoffman, C.M., Morgan P. and Lannom, K.O. 2013. Is burn severity related to fire intensity? Observations from landscape scale remote sensing, International Journal of Wildland Fire, 9, 910-918. doi: 10.1071/WF12087. 
    • Hudak A.T., Ottmar R.D., Vihnanek, B, Brewer N.W., Smith A.M.S., Morgan P. 2013, The relationship of post-fire white ash cover to surface fuel consumption. International Journal of Wildland Fire, 22, 6, 780-785. doi: 10.1071/WF12150.
    • Tinkham W., Hoffman, C., Falkowski, M.J., Smith A.M.S., Link, T.E. and Marshal, H-P., 2013. A methodology to spatially characterize errors in LiDAR derived products, PE&RS, 79, 7, 709-716. 
    • Wooster, M.J. Roberts, G., Smith, A.M.S., Johnson, J., Freeborn, P., Amici, S., and Hudak, A.T. 2013, Thermal Remote Sensing of Active Vegetation Fires and Biomass Burning Events, chapter 18, in "Thermal Infrared Remote Sensing", Eds: C. Kuenzer and S. Dech. Springer, ISBN: 978-94-007-6638-9.
    • Roy, D.P., Boschetti, L., Smith, A.M.S., 2013, Satellite remote sensing of fires, chapter 5 in Belcher, C.M. and Rein, G., eds., Fire Phenomena and the Earth System: An Interdisciplinary Guide to Fire Science, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., Chichester, England, 368pp. ISBN: 978-0-470-65748-5. DOI: 10.1002/9781118529539.ch5. 
    • Brewer, N.W., Smith, A.M.S., Hatten, J.A., Higuera, P.E., Hudak, A.T., Ottmar, R.D. and Wade T. Tinkham, 2013, Fuel Moisture Influences on Fire-altered Carbon in Masticated Fuels: An Experimental Study, Journal of Geophysical Research, 118, 30-40, doi:10.1029/2012JG002079. 
    • Hyde, J.C., Smith, A.M.S. and Ottmar, R.D., 2012, Properties affecting the consumption of sound and rotten coarse woody debris: a preliminary investigation using laboratory fires, International Journal of Wildland Fire, 21, 5 596-608, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/WF11016. 
    • Tinkham W., Smith A.M.S., Link, T.E., Hoffman, C., Hudak, A.T., Swanson, M., Gessler P.E., and Falkowski, M.J., 2012 The utility of LiDAR for forest inventory: Investigating height errors from slope and vegetation in a coniferous forest with complex terrain, Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 42, 413-422. 
    • Adams, H.D., Luce, C.H., Breshears, D.D., Weiler, M., Hale, C.H., Allen, C.D., Smith, A.M.S., Huxman, T.E., 2012. Ecohydrological consequences of drought- and infestation-triggered tree die-off, Ecohydrology, DOI: 10.1002/eco.233. 
    • Hyde, J.C., Smith, A.M.S., Ottmar, R.D, Alvarado, E.C., and Morgan P. 2011. The Combustion of Sound and Rotten Coarse Woody Debris: A Review, International Journal of Wildland Fire, 20, 163-174. 
    • Tinkham, W.T., Huang, H., Smith, A.M.S., Shrestha, R. Falkowski, M.J., Hudak, A.T., Link, T.E., Glenn, N.F. and Marks, D.G., 2011, A comparison of two open source lidar surface filtering algorithms, Remote Sensing, 3, 638-649. 
    • Smith, A.M.S. Eitel, J.U.H. and Hudak, A.T. 2010, Spectral Analysis of Charcoal on Soils: Implications for Wildland Fire Severity Mapping Methods, International Journal of Wildland Fire, 19, 976-983. 
    • Roy, D.P., Boschetti, L., Maier, S.W. and Smith, A.M.S., 2010 Field estimation of ash reflectance using a standard grey scale, International Journal of Wildland Fire, 19, 698-704. 
    • Sesnie, S.E., Finegan, B., Gessler, P.E., Rahaniemi, S. Thessler, S., Brendana, Z.R. and Smith, A.M.S., 2010. The multispectral separability of Costa Rica rain forest types with support-vector machines and Random Forest decision trees, International Journal of Remote Sensing, 31, 11, 2885-2909. 
    • Holden, Z.A., Morgan, P., Smith, A.M.S. and Vierling, L.A., 2010. Beyond Landsat: Multi-scale Assessment of Four Satellite Sensors for Detecting Burn Severity in Ponderosa Pine Forests of the Gila Wilderness, NM, USA. International Journal of Wildland Fire, 19, 449-458.
    • Kremens, R., Smith, A.M.S. and Dickinson, M. 2010 Fire Metrology: current and future directions in physics-based measurements, Fire Ecology, 6, 1, 13-35.
    • Falkowski, M.J., Hudak, A.T., Crookston, N., Gessler, P.E., Ubeler, E.H. and Smith A.M.S., 2010 Landscape-scale parameterization of a tree-level forest growth model: a k-NN imputation approach incorporating LiDAR data, Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 40, 184-199.
    • Smith, A.M.S., Falkowski, M.J., Hudak, A.T., Evans, J.S. Robinson, A.P., and Steele, C.M. 2009. Comparing field and remote estimates of forest canopy cover, Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, 35, 5, 447-459. 
    • Hudak, A.T., Evans, J.S. and Smith, A.M.S., 2009, Review: LiDAR Utility for Natural Resource Managers, Remote Sensing, 1, 4, 934-951.
    • Evans, J.S., Hudak, A.T., Faux, R., Smith, A.M.S., 2009, Discrete Return lidar in Natural Resources: Recommendations for Project Planning, Data Processing, and Deliverables, Remote Sensing, 1, 776-794
    • Dickinson, J, Robinson, A.P., Gessler, P.E. Harrod, R. and Smith, A.M.S., 2009 Flatland in flames: a two-dimensional canopy fire propagation model, International Journal of Wildland Fire, 18, 527-535.
    • Lentile, L.B*., Smith, A.M.S*., Hudak, A.T., Morgan, P., Bobbitt, M., Lewis, S.A. and Robichaud, P. 2009 Remote sensing for prediction of 1-year post-fire ecosystem condition, International Journal of Wildland Fire, 18, 594-608.
    • Hyde, J.C., Smith, A.M.S., Ottmar, R.D, Alvarado, E.C., and Morgan P., [exp 2011] The Combustion of Sound and Rotten Coarse Woody Debris: A Review, International Journal of Wildland Fire, in press
    • Smith, A.M.S. Eitel, J.U.H. and Hudak, A.T. 2010, Spectral Analysis of Charcoal on Soils: Implications for Wildland Fire Severity Mapping Methods, International Journal of Wildland Fire, 19, 976-983.
    • Roy, D.P., Boschetti, L., Maier, S.W. and Smith, A.M.S., 2010 Field estimation of ash reflectance using a standard grey scale, International Journal of Wildland Fire, 19, 698-704.
    • Smith, A.M.S., Falkowski, M.J., Hudak, A.T., Evans, J.S. Robinson, A.P., and Steele, C.M. 2009 (published 2010) Comparing field and remote estimates of forest canopy cover, Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, 35, 5, 447-459. 
    • Smith, A.M.S., Strand, E.K., Steele, C.M., Hann, D.B., Garrity, S.R., Falkowski M.J. and Evans, J.S., 2008 Production of vegetation spatial-structure maps by per-object analysis of juniper encroachment in multi-temporal aerial photographs, Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, Vol. 34, Suppl. 2, S268-285.
  • Research Projects
    • Prototyping a methodology to develop regional-scale forest aboveground biomass carbon maps predicted from Landsat time series, trained from field and lidar data collections, and independently validated with FIA data, NASA Carbon Monitoring System (Jan 1 2015-Dec 31 2017) Co-Investigator with PI Hudak (USFS)
    • Prototyping global industrial forest mapping, a Landsat spatio-temporal approach, NASA, (Jan 1 2014-Dec 31 2016), Co-Investigator with PI L. Boschetti (UI)
    • Enhancing Tools and Geospatial Data to Support Operational Forest Management and Regional Forest Planning in the Face of Climate Change, NASA ROSES New Investigator, Collaborator with PI MJ Falkowski (U. Minnesota).
    • Fuel Consumption and Carbon cycling in northern peatland ecosystems: Understanding vulnerability to burning, fuel consumption, and emissions via remote sensing of fuel moisture and fire radiative energy, NASA ROSES Terrestrial Ecology, Collaborator with PI MJ Falkowski (U. Minnesota).
    • Quantifying the characteristics and investigating the biogeoscientific and societal impacts of extreme wildland fires in the United States northern Rockies region, NASA ROSES Interdisciplinary Research in Earth Science, (July 1 2011-Aug 1 2015), Principal Investigator
  • Outreach Projects
    • “Effective Communication for Smoke Management in a Changing Air Quality Environment I and II”, Supervised coordinator (Joshua Hyde), Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Sept 16-18, 2008 and Carl T. Curtis National Park Service Midwest Regional Headquarters, Feb 24 - 26, 2009
    • Inter-agency training workshops for personnel who need to work with the public and other agencies to develop smoke management/air quality approaches. Sponsored by the US National Park Service.
    • Supervised coordinator (Joshua Hyde), who under direction has: Developed online tutorials and training modules for NPS and other agency personnel on smoke management and air quality. Developed online glossary of smoke management and air quality terminology called “Smokepedia”:  http://www.cnr.uidaho.edu/wildlandfire/fact.htm

  • Awards and Honors
    • 2012 Alumni Award of Excellence, UI
    • 2012 Outstanding Outreach/Service Award, College of Natural Resources, UI
    • 2011 Outstanding Researcher, College of Natural Resources, UI
    • 2009 Outstanding Researcher, College of Natural Resources, UI
    • 1989 Blue Peter Badge (Conservation)

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