Use of remote sensing for the 1988 greater Yellowstone area fires
Document Type: Conference Paper
Author(s): H. M. Lachowski; A. Rodman; H. Shovic
Publication Year: 1990

Cataloging Information

  • catastrophic fires
  • computer programs
  • cover
  • cover type conversion
  • crown fires
  • distribution
  • fire intensity
  • forest management
  • Idaho
  • land management
  • Montana
  • multiple resource management
  • national forests
  • national parks
  • overstory
  • photography
  • population density
  • post fire recovery
  • public information
  • rate of spread
  • remote sensing
  • sampling
  • seasonal activities
  • soil temperature
  • state forests
  • surface fires
  • watershed management
  • wilderness areas
  • wildfires
  • wildlife food habits
  • wildlife habitat management
  • Wyoming
  • Yellowstone National Park
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 34709
Tall Timbers Record Number: 8967
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Fire File
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

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The 1988 fires created a lot of changes in land cover in Greater Yellowstone Area, an area of several million acres administered by the Park Service, Forest Service and other Federal, State and private owners. Remotely sensed data, such as aerial photography and imagery collected by satellites, provide an excellent source of information to pinpoint these changes and to assess damage. Two burned area surveys were performed. The first, known as Preliminary Burned Area Survey was performed with high altitude color infrared photography acquired on September 15, 1988. It provided a map and area summary for five burn-related categories, at 200 acres mapping unit, useful for resource assessment and planning (completed December, 1988). The second, more detailed survey was done with Landsat digital data from October 2, 1988, combined with information from aerial photography. This survey, done at five acre mapping units, provided a more precise estimate of actual burned area, and may serve for post fire reviews and scientific research.

Lachowski, H. M., A. Rodman, and H. Shovic. 1990. Use of remote sensing for the 1988 greater Yellowstone area fires, Protecting natural resources with remote sensing. Tucson, AR. p. 48-56,