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A forest fire risk assessment using NOAA AVHRR images in the Valencia area, eastern Spain

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Abstract. The risk of widespread forest fire has been assessed from information supplied by the AVHRR sensor onboard NOAA satellites, for the area of the Autonomous Community of Valencia in eastern Spain, where several major forest fires occurred in the summer of 1994. The burnt surface data were obtained through unsupervised classification of the spectral information of the forest areas, first, from a date previous to the forest fire; and second, from a date following the fire. The methodology for the forest fire risk evaluation is based on the temporal evolution of the NDVI weekly maximum value. Actual forest fires appear to be statistically correlated with the deduced high risk forest fire areas.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: July 10, 1997

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