Space-borne high resolution fire remote sensing in Benin, West Africa

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An experiment on high resolution remote sensing of fires was conducted in the Ouémé catchment area of Benin, West Africa using the Bi-spectral InfraRed Detection (BIRD) satellite. The high spatial resolution capability of the BIRD system allows the detection of fires with active burning areas less than a few hundred square metres in the sub-pixel domain, as well as the estimation of quantitative characteristics of these fires, such as the radiative fire energy release and (less accurately) the effective fire temperature and area.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: DLR-Institute of Space Sensor Technology and Planetary Exploration Berlin-Adlershof Rutherfordstrasse 2 12489 Berlin Germany, Email: 2: Remote Sensing Research Group Geographic Institutes of University of Bonn Meckenheimer Allee 166 53115 Bonn Germany, Email: 3: Institute for Biodiversity Research of the University of Rostock Wismarsche Str. 8 18055 Rostock Germany, Email:

Publication date: June 1, 2004

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