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Evolving forest fire burn severity classification algorithms for multispectral imagery
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Paper Abstract

Between May 6 and May 18, 2000, the Cerro Grande/Los Alamos wildfire burned approximately 43,000 acres (17,500 ha) and 235 residences in the town of Los Alamos, NM. Initial estimates of forest damage included 17,000 acres (6,900 ha) of 70-100% tree mortality. Restoration efforts following the fire were complicated by the large scale of the fire, and by the presence of extensive natural and man-made hazards. These conditions forced a reliance on remote sensing techniques for mapping and classifying the burn region. During and after the fire, remote-sensing data was acquired from a variety of aircraft-based and satellite-based sensors, including Landsat 7. We now report on the application of a machine learning technique, implemented in a software package called GENIE, to the classification of forest fire burn severity using Landsat 7 ETM+ multispectral imagery. The details of this automatic classification are compared to the manually produced burn classification, which was derived from field observations and manual interpretation of high-resolution aerial color/infrared photography.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 August 2001
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4381, Algorithms for Multispectral, Hyperspectral, and Ultraspectral Imagery VII, (20 August 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.437013
Show Author Affiliations
Steven P. Brumby, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Neal R. Harvey, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Jeffrey J. Bloch, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
James P. Theiler, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Simon J. Perkins, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Aaron Cody Young, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
John J. Szymanski, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4381:
Algorithms for Multispectral, Hyperspectral, and Ultraspectral Imagery VII
Sylvia S. Shen; Michael R. Descour, Editor(s)

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