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A number of remotely sensed data sets on fire distribution are examined so as to quantify the strengths and weakness of the approaches to biomass burning at regional scales. A data set over Africa is used to assess the temporal, spatial and spectral sampling issues that are associated with the detection of active fires and burnt areas from high and low spatial resolution sensors. The paper aims to demonstrate whether the different satellite observations represent an unbiased observation of biomass burning events.

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Authors: EVA H, SAI Ispra (IT);LAMBIN E, Department of Geography, Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve, (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Remote Sensing Environment 64 (1998) 292-315
Record Number: 199910677 / Last updated on: 1999-04-30
Original language: en
Available languages: en