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Forest Fire Monitoring and Mapping

The global increase in wildfires following the 1997-98 El Niņo event emphasized the urgent need for more complete, accurate and timely information. Data from existing and near-term coarse resolution sensors can satisfy most of the information requirements regarding fire locations and extent, and automated algorithms have been demonstrated to extract these parameters. Eventually, the goal is to derive information on fire severity and carbon emissions. The proposed approach is shown schematically in Figure 4.

Figure 4

Figure 4: Forest Fire Monitoring and Mapping

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