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Fire detection by AVHRR: toward a new approach for operational monitoring
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Paper Abstract

The most commonly used fire detection methods based on AVHRR (Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer aboard NOAA satellites) observations have been applied, in this work, to the Italian Peninsula, in order to assess their effectiveness and robustness in an operational scheme for fire monitoring in different areas. The analysis developed so far shows that unsuccessful results obtained from existing detection methods mainly depend on the use of generalized, fixed threshold values, in the fire-detection tests. A new fire-detection technique, based on the most general RAT (Robust AVHRR Technique) approach, is proposed in this work. It seems able to join good performances, typically associated with techniques based on locally tuned thresholds, with high operational exportability, achieved by an automated implementation scheme completely based on AVHRR data hands. Improvements achievable by using this new approach over the Italian Peninsula, have been evaluated (for several forest- fire events and different observational conditions) by comparison with the historical records of the Italian Forestry Service.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 December 1998
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3499, Remote Sensing for Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Hydrology, (11 December 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.332769
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Rosa Lasaponara, Univ. della Basilicata (Italy)
Vincenzo Cuomo, Univ. della Basilicata (Italy) and Istituto di Metodologie Avazate di Analisi Ambiente (Italy)
Valerio Tramutoli, Univ. della Basilicata (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3499:
Remote Sensing for Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Hydrology
Edwin T. Engman, Editor(s)

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