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Demonstration and integration of systems for fire remote sensing, ground-based fire measurement, and fire modeling - Final Report to the Joint Fire Science Program

Author(s): Colin C. Hardy, Philip J. Riggan
Year Published: 2005

Proof-of-concept research is being conducted to: compare airborne and in situ, ground-based fire measurement systems; begin evaluation of two fire-behavior simulation models with these data; test approaches to incorporating improved wind-field and weather data in these models; test the utility of the airborne remote sensing for incident management; and, to develop a geodatabase architecture to facilitate sharing and integration of data. The Rapid Response study will provide an evaluation of the relative accuracy and efficacy of alternative remote sensing methods for characterizing fires, predicting fire effects, and supporting post fire severity mapping efforts. As many as four remote sensing approaches are implemented on each field deployment: in situ kinetic and radiometric thermal observations within a plot area which is to be burned over by the wildland fire; oblique-angle thermal radiometry from a viewpoint outside of the instrument deployment site; multi-spectral thermal infrared image acquisition from fixed-wing aircraft; MODIS sensor fire detection and mapping. Both pre- and post-fire ground sampling is performed within the plot to characterize fuel loadings and moistures, vegetation, overstory, and site attributes. Partners in field operations and data acquisition include co-investigators from the University of Montana (National Center for Landscape Fire Analysis) and Rochester Institute of Technology (Center for Imaging Sciences).

Citation: Hardy, Colin C.; Riggan, Philip J. 2005. Demonstration and integration of systems for fire remote sensing, ground-based fire measurement, and fire modeling. Joint Fire Science Project 03-S-01. Missoula, MT: USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory. 93 p.
Topic(s): Fire Behavior, Simulation Modeling, Mapping, Pre-fire planning or management, Post-fire planning / management
Ecosystem(s): Subalpine dry spruce-fir forest, Montane dry mixed-conifer forest
Document Type: Technical Report or White Paper
NRFSN number: 11158
FRAMES RCS number: 355
Record updated: Jun 14, 2018