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Anthropogenic and natural fires sometimes modify permanently the ecosystems of the Earth and have been instrumental in transforming tropical and temperate vegetation types.
The research activities on fire dynamics at the savannah-forest interface presented in this document were initiated at Monitoring of Tropical Vegetation (MTV) to better understand and quantify the impact of fires on terrestrial ecosystems and on the atmosphere. These research activities attempt to document the temporal and spatial fire patterns and to relate such patterns to land-cover and land-use conditions and to the functioning of the ecosystems at local, regional, continental and global scales.
Data have been collected on burnt biomass on the ground, on burnt scars from airplanes and on land-cover from low resolution satellite imagery.
Ground measurements on fire behaviour and fire effects have also been made. e.

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Authors: EHRLICH D, JRC Ispra (IT);GRÉGOIRE J-M, JRC Ispra (IT);EVA H, JRC Ispra (IT);JANODET E, JRC Ispra (IT);KOFFI B, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 16314 EN (1995) 72pp., FS
Availability: Available from the Public Relations and Publications Unit, JRC Ispra, I-21020 Ispra (IT)
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