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Forest fire studies by medium infrared and thermal infrared thermography
Author(s): Jose Manuel Aranda; Juan Melendez; Antonio J. de Castro; Fernando Lopez
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Paper Abstract

The new generation of dedicated satellites for remote sensing of forest fires now in advanced development demands validation measurements from airborne platforms. A digital image acquisition system in the medium infrared (MIR) and thermal infrared (TIR) bands has been set up specifically for imaging of fires. The system provides simultaneous, co- registered and radiometrically calibrated MIR and TIR images. This makes it possible to use image processing techniques based on pixel-by-pixel comparison of MIR and TIR brightness temperatures. Analysis of a laboratory flame and a wood bonfire shows that the MIR-TIR scatterplot can be used to classify the scene into different fire regions (cold background, hot nonflaming soil, hot flaming soil and pure flame). This technique has been applied also to observations of forest fires realized from a helicopter at distance of more than 1 Km, revealing that several fire regions can be demarcated, including a fire front in which flame emission makes a large contribution.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 March 2001
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4360, Thermosense XXIII, (23 March 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.420987
Show Author Affiliations
Jose Manuel Aranda, Univ. Carlos III de Madrid (Spain)
Juan Melendez, Univ. Carlos III de Madrid (Spain)
Antonio J. de Castro, Univ. Carlos III de Madrid (Spain)
Fernando Lopez, Univ. Carlos III de Madrid (Spain)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4360:
Thermosense XXIII
Andres E. Rozlosnik; Ralph B. Dinwiddie, Editor(s)

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