Skip to main content

Generation of fuel type maps from Landsat TM images and ancillary data in Mediterranean ecosystems

Buy Article:

$50.00 plus tax (Refund Policy)

Abstract:

This paper presents methods to generate fuel type maps from remote sensing data at a spatial and temporal scale adequate for operational fire management applications. Fuel type maps account for structural characteristics of vegetation related to fire behaviour and fire propagation. A fuel type classification system adapted to the ecological characteristics of the European Mediterranean basin was adopted for this study. The Cabañeros National Park (in central Spain) area was selected for testing and validating the methods. Fuel type maps were derived from two Landsat TM satellite images and digital elevation data. Atmospheric and topographic corrections of the satellite images were performed to reduce spectral variability. A sensitivity analysis was carried out to determine the most appropriate bands for fuel type mapping. The final classification was checked by an intense field survey, the final classification accuracy being estimated at 83%. The main problem was discriminating among those fuel types that differ only in vegetation height or composition of the understory layer. The mean mapping accuracy was 15 m (0.6 pixels), and no areal discrepancy or boundary displacement with vegetation maps was apparent.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/x02-052

Publication date: August 1, 2002

More about this publication?
  • Published since 1971, this monthly journal features articles, reviews, notes and commentaries on all aspects of forest science, including biometrics and mensuration, conservation, disturbance, ecology, economics, entomology, fire, genetics, management, operations, pathology, physiology, policy, remote sensing, social science, soil, silviculture, wildlife and wood science, contributed by internationally respected scientists. It also publishes special issues dedicated to a topic of current interest.
  • Information for Authors
  • Submit a Paper
  • Subscribe to this Title
  • Terms & Conditions
  • Sample Issue
  • Reprints & Permissions
  • Ingenta Connect is not responsible for the content or availability of external websites
nrc/cjfr/2002/00000032/00000008/art00001
dcterms_title,dcterms_description,pub_keyword
6
5
20
40
5

Access Key

Free Content
Free content
New Content
New content
Open Access Content
Open access content
Subscribed Content
Subscribed content
Free Trial Content
Free trial content
Cookie Policy
X
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more