U.S. Joint Fire Science Program


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Fire Science Brief, Issue 99, March 2010


US government work.


This project compared and contrasted the utility and limitations of satellite-imagery and computer simulation modeling approaches to mapping fire effects and burn severity. The goal was to provide resource managers with tools to more effectively meet burned area rehabilitation objectives and manage fire on landscapes. Using satellite imagery analysis together with simulation modeling may improve burn severity mapping. The results of this study are being integrated into a comprehensive spatially explicit software analysis package for wildfi re and prescribed fire management decision support.