Title: A Global Analysis of Vegetation Fires Using Satellite Images: Spatial and Temporal Dynamics.
Authors: DWYER EdwardGREGOIRE Jean-marieMALINGREAU Jean-paul
Citation: AMBIO vol. 27 no. 3 p. 175-181
Publication Year: 1998
JRC N°: JRC14990
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC14990
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Vegetation fires occur in almost al parts of the globe. Both natural and man-made, they interact in a complex manner with the biosphere. Using a series of global data sets of NOAA AVHRR Satellite Imagery, spread over a twelve month period in 1992-1993, it has been possible, for the first time, to carry out a quantitative study of fire dynamics from a global perspective. The results presented here show the spatial and temporal distribution of active fires as derived form this remotely sensed data. Fires have been detected at all times of the year and in almost every region of the globe, however, 80% of those detected were within the tropics, and the largest number were in the African continent. The main vegetation types affected were savanna woodlands. The potential application of this information to atmospheric chemistry, land-use and land-cover change studies is discussed.
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