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The paper presents analysis based on NOAA satellite data acquisitions over south and southeast Asia during the dry seasons of 1992 and 1993. Regional fire patterns and calendars have been derived from the thermal channels of the advanced very high resolution radiometer (AVHRR) instrument using state-of-the-art information extraction techniques. They reveal interesting and sometimes intriguing patterns of biomass burning in the forest, grassland and agricultural ecosystems of the region. The paper will clarify the unique potential and the inherent limitations of the approach in view of maintaining an exhaustive and permanent account of regional fire situations. Steps toward the establishment of biomass burning assessments at the global level will be described.

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Authors: MALINGREAU J P, JRC Ispra (IT);JONES S H, JRC Ispra (IT);DWYER E, JRC Ispra (IT);PINNOCK S, Earth Observation Sciences Ltd, Farnham (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Transboundary Pollution and the Sustainability of Tropical Forests, Kuala Lumpur (MY), December 2-4, 1996
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 40273 ORA
Record Number: 199710205 / Last updated on: 1997-04-01
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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