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Vegetation burned areas derived from multiple satellite-based active fires
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Paper Abstract

Biomass burning releases a significant amount of trace gases and aerosol emissions into the atmosphere. If unaccounted for in the modeling of climate, carbon cycle, and air quality, it leads to large uncertainties. The amount of biomass burning emissions depends significantly on burned areas. This study estimates near-real time burned areas from multiple satellite-based active fires in Hazard Mapping System (HMS) developed in NOAA, which capitalizes automated fire detections from Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) Imager, Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR), Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS). The HMS fire counts are compared with a set of Landsat ETM+ burn scars for various ecosystems to investigate the rate of burned area in a fire count. The fire size and fire duration derived from multiple satellites are then used to calculate burned area every half hour. The estimated burned areas are evaluated using national inventory of burned area across the United States for 2005.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 August 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7089, Remote Sensing of Fire: Science and Application, 70890D (27 August 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.799415
Show Author Affiliations
Xiaoyang Zhang, Earth Resources Technology, Inc. at NOAA/NESDIS (United States)
Shobha Kondragunta, NOAA/NESDIS (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7089:
Remote Sensing of Fire: Science and Application
Wei Min Hao, Editor(s)

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