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The focus of this work is to provide methodological tools that will possibly allow reliable estimates of the burnt areas at continental level and hence provide a reliable input for biomass burning estimates and atmospheric chemistry models. The first step is the stratification of the African continent using an existing land cover map and representing three broad types of situation: (a) areas that have large fires every year; (b) areas that have small fires every year; (c) areas that never have fires. The next stage is to apply the methodology to a full 12 years archive for Africa and try to validate the results by comparing them with the annual fire distribution as derived from AVHRR data and with burn scars mapping from the higher resolution data.

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Authors: BARBOSA P, JRC Ispra (IT);GRÉGOIRE J-M, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Workshop on Remote Sensing and GIS Applications in Forest Fire Management, Alcalá (ES), September 7-9, 1995
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 39319 ORA
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