5. Satellite Remote Sensing of Fires

  1. Claire M. Belcher
  1. David P. Roy1,
  2. Luigi Boschetti2 and
  3. Alistair M.S. Smith2

Published Online: 9 APR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118529539.ch5

Fire Phenomena and the Earth System: An Interdisciplinary Guide to Fire Science

Fire Phenomena and the Earth System: An Interdisciplinary Guide to Fire Science

How to Cite

Roy, D. P., Boschetti, L. and Smith, A. M.S. (2013) Satellite Remote Sensing of Fires, in Fire Phenomena and the Earth System: An Interdisciplinary Guide to Fire Science (ed C. M. Belcher), John Wiley & Sons, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118529539.ch5

Editor Information

  1. College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter

Author Information

  1. 1

    Geographic Information Science Center of Excellence, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD, USA

  2. 2

    Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 APR 2013
  2. Published Print: 20 MAY 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470657485

Online ISBN: 9781118529539

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Keywords:

  • fire-affected areas;
  • flaming;
  • satellite remote sensing;
  • smoke;
  • smouldering fires;
  • wildfires

Summary

Space-borne sensors provide the only way to monitor the global distribution and characteristics of fire. Dramatic satellite maps showing fire activity across the entire Earth have been providing a unique picture of fire activity for the last three decades. This chapter demonstrates the key role that satellite remote sensing can play in providing spatially and temporally explicit data and derived data products for monitoring of wildfires. Data from satellite remote sensing systems have been used to monitor smoke plumes, the extent of fire-affected areas, flaming and smouldering fire locations and timing, and to characterize various fire properties.