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Bi-spectral infrared forest fire detection and analysis using classification techniques
Author(s): Jose Manuel Aranda; Juan Melendez; Antonio Jose de Castro; Fernando Lopez
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Paper Abstract

Infrared cameras are well established as a useful tool for fire detection, but their use for quantitative forest fire measurements faces difficulties, due to the complex spatial and spectral structure of fires. In this work it is shown that some of these difficulties can be overcome by applying classification techniques, a standard tool for the analysis of satellite multispectral images, to bi-spectral images of fires. Images were acquired by two cameras that operate in the medium infrared (MIR) and thermal infrared (TIR) bands. They provide simultaneous and co-registered images, calibrated in brightness temperatures. The MIR-TIR scatterplot of these images can be used to classify the scene into different fire regions (background, ashes, and several ember and flame regions). It is shown that classification makes possible to obtain quantitative measurements of physical fire parameters like rate of spread, embers temperature, and radiated power in the MIR and TIR bands. An estimation of total radiated power and heat release per unit area is also made and compared with values derived from heat of combustion and fuel consumption.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 December 2003
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5153, Ecosystems' Dynamics, Agricultural Remote Sensing and Modeling, and Site-Specific Agriculture, (22 December 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.507156
Show Author Affiliations
Jose Manuel Aranda, Univ. Carlos III de Madrid (Spain)
Juan Melendez, Univ. Carlos III de Madrid (Spain)
Antonio Jose de Castro, Univ. Carlos III de Madrid (Spain)
Fernando Lopez, Univ. Carlos III de Madrid (Spain)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5153:
Ecosystems' Dynamics, Agricultural Remote Sensing and Modeling, and Site-Specific Agriculture
Wei Gao; David R. Shaw, Editor(s)

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