Spatial patterns of forest fires in Catalonia (NE of Spain) along the period 1975-1995 analysis of vegetation recovery after fire

Díaz-Delgado R., Pons X. (2001) Spatial patterns of forest fires in Catalonia (NE of Spain) along the period 1975-1995 analysis of vegetation recovery after fire. Forest Ecology and Management. 147: 67-74.
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Doi: 10.1016/S0378-1127(00)00434-5

Abstract:

This paper revises the results of applying a semiautomatic methodology for fire scars mapping from a time series of Landsat MSS images over the forest and shrubby surface of Catalonia (1975-1993). Perimeters of fires which occurred in 1994 and 1995 were added enlarging the whole series to 21 years from TM imagery. Results are a map series of fire history during 21 years as well as a map of the fire recurrence level. Omission errors are 23% for burned areas greater than 2 km2 while commission errors are 8% for areas greater than 0.5 km2. Detected fire scars were incorporated into a geographic information system in order to characterise the fire regime of the study area. Fire size distribution and the number of spot fires originated from each fire as well as the maximum distance reached from the main fire are analysed. A first approach to monitor post-burn regeneration through normalised difference vegetation index is also shown. © 2001 Elsevier Science B.V.

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