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A spectral unmixing approach for mapping burned areas in Mediterranean countries

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The principal aim of this Letter is to evaluate the usefulness of Spectral Mixture Analysis (SMA) for estimating the area burned by forest fires in Mediterranean countries using National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) unitemporal data. The results show that the method, using an image acquired just after the fire occurrence, is capable of discriminating burned area accurately (Kappa coefficient >0.76).

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Agrarian Engineering Department, León University, Avda. Portugal 41, 24071 Leon, Spain

Publication date: 2005-04-01

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