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Remote sensing of vegetation fires and its contribution to a fire management information system

Flasse, Stéphane P.; Trigg, Simon N.; Ceccato, Pietro N.; Perryman, Anita H.; Hudak, Andrew T.; Thompson, Mark W.; Dramé, Moussa; Ntabeni, Tim; Frost, Philip E.; Landmann, Tobias; Le Roux, Johan L.

In the last decade, research has proven that remote sensing can provide very useful support to fire managers. This chapter provides an overview of the type of information remote sensing can provide to the fire community. It considers first fire management information needs in the context of fire management information system. An introduction to remote sensing then precedes the description of fire information obtainable from remote sensing data (such as vegetation status, active fire detection and burned areas assessment). Finally, operational examples in five African countries illustrate how the information can be used in practice.

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International Research Institute for Climate and Society
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June 18, 2010

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Wildfire management handbook for Sub-Sahara Africa, ed. J. G. Goldammer and C. de Ronde (The Hague: BBP, 2004), pp. 158-211.