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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


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)