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Type: Conference Paper
Author(s): Nancy H. F. French; Eric S. Kasischke; J. L. Michalek; James P. Mudd
Editor(s): S. G. Conard
Publication Date: 2000

The importance of measuring and monitoring fire related ecosystem characteristics in boreal forests is recognized and is the focus of several new studies. In this paper we present a discussion on the use of remote sensing for the study of boreal forest fire scar characteristics. Remote measurements of geophysical parameters and model imputs are discussed. It is recognized that remote measurements need to be combined with field measurements and modeling. Specific examples on recent work using infrared remote sensing for fire scar studies are presented and discussed in detail. Results of this work have shown that shortwave infrared systems can be used to map fire severity. Thermal infrared systems can be used to monitor surface temperature changes, to map thermal characteristics of the burn scar surface, and can potentially be used in the modeling of surface energy fluxes. Generally, remote sensing can provide unique information at a variety of scales for the study of fire ecology.

Citation: French, N. H. F., E. S. Kasischke, J. L. Michalek, and J. P. Mudd. 2000. Using shortwave and thermal infrared satellite imagery to study the effects of fire in an Alaskan boreal forest, in Conard, S. G., Disturbance in boreal forest ecosystems: human impacts and natural processes. Duluth, MN. USDA Forest Service, North Central Research Station,St. Paul, MN. p. 373-381,General Technical Report NC-209.

Cataloging Information

  • boreal forests
  • carbon
  • disturbance
  • ecosystem dynamics
  • energy
  • fire intensity
  • fire management
  • fire scar analysis
  • fire size
  • forest management
  • population density
  • remote sensing
  • statistical analysis
  • temperature
Tall Timbers Record Number: 20993Location Status: In-fileCall Number: A13.88:NC-209Abstract Status: Fair use, Okay, Reproduced by permission
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