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Table 5 Percent variance explained and percent root mean square error (%RMSE) of random forest (RF) models predicting percent recovery of the Normalized Burn Ratio (NBR) nine years post fire from NBR variables alone; NBR and post-fire climate variables; and NBR, post-fire climate, and topographic variables

From: Examining post-fire vegetation recovery with Landsat time series analysis in three western North American forest types

  Percent variance explained (%RMSE)
Explanatory variables Ponderosa pine Mixed conifer Conifer−oak−chaparral
Pre-fire NBR, dNBR 6 (57) 6 (64) 2 (36)
Pre-fire NBR, dNBR, post-fire climate 47 (43) 38 (51) 32 (29)
Pre-fire NBR, dNBR, post-fire climate, topographic 50 (41) 40 (51) 38 (29)