Assessing Landsat 7 applications in wildland fire management - poster
Document Type: Report
Author(s): Tim Hammond; Brad Cella; Lynette Nakazawa; Marsha Lutz; Randi R. Jandt; John McColgan
Publication Year: 2000

Cataloging Information

  • fire
  • fire management
  • fuels mapping
  • land management
  • Landsat ETM+ (Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus)
  • remote sensing
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Record Last Modified: April 26, 2016
FRAMES Record Number: 5781


In March 2000, representatives from several U.S. Department of Interior agencies met to discuss potential applications of Landsat 7 data in wildland fire management. Pilot projects in Alaska and the Great Basin were among the action items from that meeting. This poster reports on activities and progress of the Alaska pilot project. Thematic Mapper (TM) imagery from the Landsat 4 and 5 programs has been used for fire-related applications for many years. However, many factors, including high data costs and restrictions on data sharing between cooperating agencies, have kept it primarily in the realm of research and special projects. The pricing structure of the Landsat 7 program and relaxation of restrictions on data sharing have made it feasible to consider TM imagery as an operational fire management tool.The project area is over the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Park and Preserve, where 7 larger fires burned 177,346 acres in the summer of 1999. A second site was over a planned prescribed burn in south-central Alaska that never came into prescription, so only the Yukon-Charley fires were examined. Several potentially useful products were identified by a team of fire managers, resource managers and remote sensing specialists. These included vegetation and fuels maps, image maps for planning and public information, burn severity maps, perimeter and unburned island maps, and analysis of the mosaic created by the fire. Project objectives included producing the products within operationally realistic budget constraints and time frames. Products will be evaluated by fire managers and land managers to determine their utility, and recommendations will be made for the use of Landsat 7 Thematic Mapper imagery as an operational fire management tool.

Hammond, Tim; Cella, Brad; Nakazawa, Lynette; Lutz, Marsha; Jandt, Randi R.; McColgan, John. 2000. Assessing Landsat 7 applications in wildland fire management (poster).