Canadian Forest Service Publications

Airborne optical and thermal remote sensing for wildfire detection and monitoring. Allison, R.S.; Johnston, J.M.; Craig, G.; Jennings, S.; McAlpine, R.S. Sensors 16(8):1310.

Year: 2016

Issued by: Great Lakes Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 37379

Language: English

Availability: PDF (download)

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DOI: 10.3390/s16081310

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This paper focuses on providing a comprehensive review of wildfire detection techniques and the current stat of the art technologies (for human, ariborne, UAV, and satellite systems). This review was conducted to summarise what new technologies have recently emerged, and what are currently being used for fire detection in teh operational arena. The field of remote sensing of fire is growing rapidly and it is important to provide this review to document recent advances and teh relative value of the various tools. The impact of this paper is narrowly focused. The intention is to provide a status report and some documentation on the utility of current systems. From a research stand point it is valuable to know which technologies have been taken up by operational users, and why. And for groups tasked with developing detection systems this paper will provide valuable guidance in terms of what the end user needs are. From an operational stand point, the province of Alberta alone spends ~$6 million/year on fire detection. It is possible that this paper can assist operational decision makers in identifying alternative lower cost methods of fire detection.