Appraisal of fire damage and inventory for timber salvage by remote sensing in mountain ash forests in Victoria
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): R. B. Smith; P. W. Woodgate
Publication Year: 1985

Cataloging Information

  • age classes
  • arthropods
  • artificial regeneration
  • ash
  • Australia
  • backfires
  • catastrophic fires
  • crown fires
  • crown scorch
  • decay
  • droughts
  • Eucalyptus regnans
  • fine fuels
  • fire control
  • fire danger rating
  • fire exclusion
  • fire injuries (plants)
  • fire intensity
  • fire management
  • fire sensitive plants
  • fire suppression
  • flammability
  • forest management
  • fuel accumulation
  • fuel loading
  • fuel moisture
  • fuel types
  • fungi
  • ground fires
  • hardwood forests
  • insects
  • litter
  • logging
  • mortality
  • mosaic
  • overstory
  • photography
  • post fire recovery
  • rate of spread
  • regeneration
  • remote sensing
  • salvage
  • spot fires
  • understory vegetation
  • Victoria
  • wildfires
  • wind
  • International
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 35351
Tall Timbers Record Number: 9649
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Fire File DDW
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

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In 1983 the most severe fire in Victorian mountain forests for over forty years killed extensive areas of highly productive eucalypt forest, requiring a large scale timber salvage and forest rehabilitation program. The scheduling of these programs was dependent upon a rapid and reliable assessment of the extent and severity of damage. Damage assessment, initiated immediately following the fire, utilised five distinct but complementary phases of remote sensing, namely airborne infrared scanning, conventional colour aerial photography from both large and small format cameras and Landsat imagery in pictorial and digital forms. The paper describes how this combination of remote sensing media offered a practical and successful solution to the problem of providing accurate and timely resources data for planning purposes. © Institute of Foresters of Australia. Abstract reproduced by permission.

Smith, R. B., and P. W. Woodgate. 1985. Appraisal of fire damage and inventory for timber salvage by remote sensing in mountain ash forests in Victoria. Australian Forestry, v. 48, no. 4, p. 252-263.