Characterising bush fires in Australia's top end using MODIS active fire observations

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    Abstract

    This study used MODIS active fire detections and associated fire radiative power estimates to characterise bush fires in the savanna region of Australia's Northern Territory. In contrast to other sensors MODIS has dedicated fire channels that rarely saturate over fires, enabling fire detections during the day and estimates of fire radiative power. Using number of day- and night-time fire detections it was possible to distinguish two phases of fire activity. The first phase, occurring in the early dry season, is dominated by low intensity management fires that are lit during the day and extinguish in the evening. In the late dry season, the second phase shows many high intensity fires which are burning through the night.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 34th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment
    Editors unknown
    Place of Publicationunknown
    PublisherUnknown
    Pages-
    Number of pages3
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    EventInternational Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment (ISRSE 2011 34th): The GEOSS Era: Towards Operational Environmental Monitoring - Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia
    Duration: 10 Apr 201115 Apr 2011
    Conference number: 2011 (34th)

    Conference

    ConferenceInternational Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment (ISRSE 2011 34th)
    Abbreviated titleISRSE
    CountryAustralia
    CitySydney, NSW
    Period10/04/1115/04/11

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    Maier, S., Edwards, A. C., Russell-Smith, J., & YATES, C. (2011). Characterising bush fires in Australia's top end using MODIS active fire observations. In unknown (Ed.), Proceedings of the 34th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment (pp. -). unknown: Unknown.