Canadian Forest Service Publications

Use of optical, thermal infrared and radar remote sensing for monitoring fuel moisture conditions. 2003. Leblon, B.; Oldford, S.P.; Abbott, K.; Strickland, G.; Gallant, L.; Alexander, M.E. Pages 33-37 in E. Chuvieco, P. Martin, and C.O. Justice, editors. 4th International Workshop on Remote Sensing and GIS Applications to Forest Fire Management: innovate concepts and methods, June 5-7, 2003, Ghent, Belgium. Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium.

Year: 2003

Issued by: Northern Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 23683

Language: English

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Our study presents results acquired over boreal coniferous forests located in the Mackenzie River basin, Northwest Territories, Canada. NOAA-AVHRR optical and thermal infrared images and SAR images from ERS-1 and RADARSAT were correlated to the Canadian Forest Fire Danger Rating System (CFFDRS) Fire Weather Index (FWI) codes and indices, which were used here as a surrogate of fuel moisture. Results showed that FWI codes and indices were related to optical and thermal infared NOAA-AVHRR data or SAR data, but the relationship was more or less strong with either fast-drying fuel codes or slow-drying fuel codes and indices, depending on the case. The study suggests that the most promising use of satellite images for fire danger rating monitoring is through the combination of optical and thermal infrared images to radar images.