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The SMOKO experiment is a joint Australian-EC scientific collaboration which aims at the development and test of methodologies to monitor biomass burning activity from Earth Observation techniques, and to assess fire impacts on the global CO(2), and carbon budgets. It involves three research institutions: the CSIRO-Earth Observation Centre (Australia), the Technical University of Lisbon (Portugal) and the Space Applications Institute of the EC Joint Research Centre. The field experimental activities took place in June 1999, in the Darwin region of Australia (Northern Territory): fire related information was collected on the ground and from low altitude air surveys. Time series of satellite imagery from 5 different Earth Observation systems, were acquired to assess their respective contribution to a multi-satellite approach to fire monitoring and mapping using optical, thermal and microwave data.

The results obtained from the analysis of the experiment dataset are reported here. They will be implemented for operational use in to major initiatives on the SAI: The World Fire Web monitoring network and the Global Land Cover-2000 project.

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Authors: GRGOIRE J.M (EDITOR), JRC Space Applications Institute, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19596 EN (2000), 76pp, Euro: free of charge
Availability: Available from European Commission, DG XII Communication Unit rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 200, B-1049 Bruxelles (BE) Tel: +32-2-2950001 Fax:+32-2-2958220 email:
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