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Detection of Thunderstorms from Satellite Imagery for Forest Fire Control

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The Very High Resolution Radiometer of NOAA-2 and -3 can successfully locate and identify thunderstorms. Since lightning fires account for more than 90 percent of the acreage burned by forest fires in Alaska, this imagery promises to be a useful tool for forest fire control. Techniques used for the detection of thunderstorms from the imagery, and spatial distribution of thunderstorms are discussed.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska, Fairbanks

Publication date: 1974-12-01

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.

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