5th Symposium on Fire and Forest Meteorology and the 2nd International Wildland Fire Ecology and Fire Management Congress

Monday, 17 November 2003
Compilation and Applications of Landsat-Based Historical Fire Atlases: Two Examples
Stephen M. Howard, SAIC and USGS, Sioux Falls, SD; and R. A. McKinley
Landsat imagery have been archived since 1972. These data provide an opportunity evaluate historical fires and review the recovery of the burned landscape. These data provide useful insights for management and planning. Landsat-based historical fire atlases have been compiled for the Mesa Verde National Park and the Salmon-Challis National Forest. Applications include: update vegetation maps, monitor vegetation recovery, evaluate impacts to wildlife habitat; planning fire breaks/safety zones, convey information to the public, and others.

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