An application of Landsat digital technology to forest fire fuel type mapping
Document Type: Conference Paper
Author(s): P. H. Kourtz
Publication Year: 1977

Cataloging Information

  • age classes
  • boreal forests
  • Canada
  • clearcutting
  • coniferous forests
  • cover
  • cover type
  • deciduous forests
  • fire control
  • fire equipment
  • fire growth
  • fire suppression
  • fuel appraisal
  • fuel management
  • fuel types
  • logging
  • Ontario
  • photography
  • population density
  • Quebec
  • rate of spread
  • regeneration
  • remote sensing
  • roads
  • slash
  • water
  • wildfires
  • wind
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Economic limitations prevent the mapping over large areas of forest fire fuel types using conventional forestry methods. The information contained in such maps would be a valuable tool for assisting in initial attack planning, presuppression planning and fire growth modelling. During the past several years, the Forest Fire Research Institute with assistance from the Canadian Centre for Remote Sensing, has examined the role of digital classification and enhancement methods for producing general forest cover classifications suitable as fuel maps. A Taylor enhancement (Dr. M.M. Taylor, Defence and Civil Institute of Environmental Medicine, Department of National Defence, Downsview, Ontario) was produced for an 8 million hectare fire control region showing water, muskeg, coniferous, deciduous and mixed stands, new clearcut logging, burned areas, regeneration areas, nonforested areas and large forest roads. Use of this map by fire control personnel has already demonstrated its usefulness for initial attack decision making. Recent work has dealt with temporal overlays and has shown the merits of this approach. Furture work is aimed at constructing a digital data base containing geometrically corrected temporal classifications for a large area. When completed, this database should provide timely information to fire control decision makers and to a fire growth model.

Kourtz, P. H. 1977. An application of Landsat digital technology to forest fire fuel type mapping, Proceedings of the Eleventh International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment. Michigan. Environmental Research Institute of Michigan,Ann Arbor, MI. p. 1111-1115,