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.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 34th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment|
|Place of Publication||unknown|
|Number of pages||3|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|
|Event||International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment (ISRSE 2011 34th): The GEOSS Era: Towards Operational Environmental Monitoring - Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia|
Duration: 10 Apr 2011 → 15 Apr 2011
Conference number: 2011 (34th)
|Conference||International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment (ISRSE 2011 34th)|
|Period||10/04/11 → 15/04/11|
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.