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  • The use of a global remotely sensed data set to monitor fire as an indicator of land cover maintenance and change in tropical forest and savanna ecosystems

Abstract

An analysis of a one year global series of low resolution, remotely sensed, infra-red satellite data shows that vegetation fires are found throughout the globe but are concentrated in tropical regions. As fire occurrence depends not only on land-cover but on land use, they would be expected to show different spatial and temporal distributions. A classification based on these varying distributions has been carried out for the fire belt in Africa, north of the equator and the relationships between the resulting classes and land cover type and land use is discussed. The paper also outlines a methodology to characterize the combined fragmentation of the forest and the fire pattern that can be used in studying the forest/fire relationship.

Additional information

Authors: DWYER E, JRC Ispra (IT);GREGOIRE J-M, JRC Ispra (IT);MALINGREAU J-P, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: XI World Forestry Congress, Ankara (TR), October 13-22, 1997
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 40386 ORA
Record Number: 199710276 / Last updated on: 1997-04-01
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en