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This paper provides a summary of a global observation of forest cover (GOFC) workshop on satellite observations of fires, and a plan of action resulting from that meeting. The meeting focused on the needs for fire information from various user communities, the capabilities of existing satellite-based fire-observing systems and the research and development needed to improve these systems. The objectives and findings of the meeting are presented together with the meeting recommendations.

A number of satellite sensing systems currently provides different information, including the location of active fires, burn scares, and vegetation characteristics. The development of algorithms and experimental products has occurred in the research domain, and some of these products are now being incorporated into prototype operational systems.

Combining data from the different sensing systems to provide enhanced information was found to be high priority, but this presents a technical and logistical challenge. Quantifying the accuracy of fire products is of great importance to the user community, and currently a high priority for the research community. Efforts are now being made to move the most effective proven techniques into the operational domain. Networks of researchers, data producers and fire information users are being established, making use of recent advances in Internet technology for data and information distribution. Even at this early stage, fire information from networks using earth observation satellite data is being used to produce a much more current and complete overview of the global fire situation on a daily basis, notably through the Global Fire Monitoring Centre. re.

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Authors: AHERN F J, Canada Centre for Remote Sensing, Ottowa, Ontario (CA);BELWARD A S, JRC, SAI, Ispra (IT);GREGOIRE J-M, JRC, SAI, Ispra (IT);ELVIDGE C D, NOAA National Geophysical Data Centre, Boulder, Colorado (US);GOLDAMMER J, Freiburg University, The Global Fire Monitoring Centre, Freiburg (DE);JUSTICE C O, IBAMA, Brasilia (BR);RAPOSO PEREIRA J A, University of Wisconsin, NOAA/NESDIS/ORA/ARAD/ASPT, Madison, WI (US);PRINS E M, Forest Fire and Global Change, Canadian Forest Service, Sault Ste Marie, Ontario (CA);STOCKS B J, Forest Fire and Global Change, Canadian Forest Service, Sault Ste Marie, Ontario (CA)
Bibliographic Reference: An article published in: Global and Regional Vegetation Fire Monitoring from Space: Planning of Coordinated International Effect. SPB Academic Publishing, The Hague, 2001, pp.267-290
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