Canadian Forest Service Publications

Satellite Detection Limitations of Sub-Canopy Smouldering Wildfires in the North American Boreal Forest. 2018. Johnston, J.M.; Johnston, L.M.; Wooster, M.J.; Brookes, A.; McFayden, C.; Cantin, A.S. Fire 1(2):

Year: 2018

Issued by: Great Lakes Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 39356

Language: English

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DOI: 10.3390/fire1020028.

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We developed a simulation model for predicting forest canopy interception of upwelling fire radiated energy from sub-canopy smouldering vegetation fires. We apply this model spatially across the North American boreal forest in order to map minimum threshold detectable sub-canopy smouldering fires using three satellite fire detection systems. We evaluate our results according to fire management requirements for “early detection” of wildland fires. Our results represent a ‘theoretical best performance’ of remote sensing systems to detect sub-canopy smoldering fires early in their lifetime.