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Title

Mapping the location of wildfires in Alaskan boreal forests using AVHRR imagery
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Nancy H. F. French; Eric S. Kasischke; Laura L. Bourgeau-Chavez; Donald Berry
Publication Year: 1995

Cataloging Information

Keyword(s):
  • AVHRR - Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer
  • boreal forest
  • burn area
  • fire scars
  • fire size
  • remote sensing
  • satellite imagery
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Record Last Modified: July 21, 2017
FRAMES Record Number: 4051

Description

The results of a study using satellite imagery to map boreal forest fires in Alaska in 1990 and 1991 are presented. Composite AVHRR data detected >80% of fires greater than 2000 ha in size. Additionally, using a two season method, 78% of the area of all boreal forest fires in Alaska was mapped. This technique is considered to be an accurate way to detect forest fire scars and estimate area burned throughout the boreal forests, and could be very important in those regions where wildfire data are presently difficult or impossible to gather.

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Citation:
French, Nancy H. F.; Kasischke, Eric S.; Bourgeau-Chavez, Laura L.; Berry, Donald. 1995. Mapping the location of wildfires in Alaskan boreal forests using AVHRR imagery. International Journal of Wildland Fire 5(2):55-61.