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Airborne infrared forest fire detection system: final report

Author(s): Ralph A. Wilson, Stanley N. Hirsch, Forrest H. Madden, John B. Losensky
Year Published: 1971

This work was undertaken because of a mutual interest of the Department of Defense, Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA), and the USDA Forest Service in the problems of detecting hot targets against natural terrain backgrounds using airborne infrared (IR) line scanning instrumentation. The study objectives were broadly defined in ARPA Order No. 544, which contains three specific task assignments that were modified from time to time during the course of the study. The basic problem was to examine the target obscuring effects of timber foliage or canopies on small charcoal fires in the forest cover types of North America. A concurrent objective was to develop an optimum system for airborne forest fire detection including the development of the operational patrol procedures.

Citation: Wilson, Ralph A.; Hirsch, Stanley N.; Madden, Forrest H.; Losensky, B. John. 1971. Airborne infrared forest fire detection system: final report. Res. Pap. INT-RP-93. Ogden, UT: USDA Forest Service, Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 99 p.
Topic(s): Mapping
Ecosystem(s): Subalpine wet spruce-fir forest, Subalpine dry spruce-fir forest, Montane wet mixed-conifer forest, Montane dry mixed-conifer forest, Aspen woodland, Ponderosa pine woodland/savanna
Document Type: Technical Report or White Paper
NRFSN number: 11942
FRAMES RCS number: 14066
Record updated: Jun 14, 2018