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Abstract

Bush fire is a phenomenon widely spread over all the tropical regions of the globe. The scientific community monitors the phenomenon and tries to understand its role in environmental dynamics such as climate change, atmospheric chemistry or deforestation. Very few attempts have been made to exploit the results in an operational framework for environmental management, mainly due to the lack of reliable information. Satellite remote sensing is a unique tool to collect such information and make it available to people involved in environmental management. The MTV project of the EEC is currently analysing NOAA-AVHRR time series to monitor bush fire in Africa; results obtained for the 1987/1988/1989 burning seasons are used to illustrate how satellite derived information can be used in fire management policies at three levels: continental, regional and national.

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Authors: GRÉGOIRE J-M, JRC Ispra (IT);MALINGREAU J P, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Satellite remote sensing of environment and agriculture in developing countries, Copenhagen (DK), May 24-25, 1993
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 37773 ORA
Record Number: 199311189 / Last updated on: 1994-11-29
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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