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Abstract

This report details findings of the Fire in Global Resources and Environmental Monitoring (FIRES), and Tropical Ecosystem observation by Satellite (TREES) projects, which fall within the framework of the Space Applications Institute (SAI). Both of these projects are active in monitoring vegetation cover and fire activity, and assessing their impact on ecosystems and tropospheric chemistry. In March 1998, teams were sent to various locations in South America, to map vegetation fires and assess their effect on regional deforestation dynamics and gas emissions. The data collected from PC based satellite receivers enabled researchers to determine general patterns of fire distribution, and to identify four regions which are directly affected by fire activity. There are plans to develop this regional fire and vegetation mapping on a global scale, and the Global Vegetation Monitoring (GVM) Unit at SAI is developing a World-Fire-Web Network, which will allow more extensive mapping of vegetation fires. A pilot network has been implemented since June 1998, and will be tested for 12 months, after which it will be enlarged, to give global coverage.

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Authors: GREGOIRE J M, GVM unit, Space Applications Institute, Joint Research Centre, Ispra (IT);GLENAT B, GVM unit, Space Applications Institute, Joint Research Centre, Ispra (IT);JANVIER P, GVM unit, Space Applications Institute, Joint Research Centre, Ispra (IT);JANODET E, GVM unit, Space Applications Institute, Joint Research Centre, Ispra (IT);TOURNIER A, GVM unit, Space Applications Institute, Joint Research Centre, Ispra (IT);SILVA J M N, Technical University, Department of Forestry, Lisbon (PT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 18091 EN (1998) 28pp.
Availability: Available from CCR Ispra - Servizio Pubblicazioni
Record Number: 199910614 / Last updated on: 1999-04-13
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en