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Fire Assessment

While forest fires are a major disaster which destroy forest resources and deprecate the local ecological environment; satellite remote sensing offers a useful tool for fire monitoring, management and damage assessment. Fire affected areas can be discriminated in a remote sensing image due to the strong contrast with the unburned areas.

Burn scar maps derived from remote sensing images provide information on the spatial extent and distribution of the fire affected areas, and the total area burned. The burned area, together with land cover information, provide the basis for estimating emission of carbon dioxide and help decision makers to assess the post fire damage to the economy and environment.

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Fire Assessment in Alberta, Canada 2016