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Sensors 2013, 13(8), 11146-11166; doi:10.3390/s130811146
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National Scale Operational Mapping of Burnt Areas as a Tool for the Better Understanding of Contemporary Wildfire Patterns and Regimes

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Received: 15 July 2013; in revised form: 10 August 2013 / Accepted: 19 August 2013 / Published: 21 August 2013
(This article belongs to the Section Remote Sensors)
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Abstract: This paper presents the results of an operational nationwide burnt area mapping service realized over Greece for the years 2007–2011, through the implementation of the so-called BSM_NOA dedicated method developed at the National Observatory of Athens for post-fire recovery management. The method exploits multispectral satellite imagery, such as Landsat-TM, SPOT, FORMOSAT-2, WorldView and IKONOS. The analysis of fire size distribution reveals that a high number of fire events evolve to large and extremely large wildfires under favorable wildfire conditions, confirming the reported trend of an increasing fire-severity in recent years. Furthermore, under such conditions wildfires affect to a higher degree areas at high altitudes, threatening the existence of ecologically significant ecosystems. Finally, recent socioeconomic changes and land abandonment has resulted in the encroachment of former agricultural areas of limited productivity by shrubs and trees, resulting both in increased fuel availability and continuity, and subsequently increased burnability.
Keywords: earth observation; large scale burn area mapping; fire regime Mediterranean ecosystems; wildfire management earth observation; large scale burn area mapping; fire regime Mediterranean ecosystems; wildfire management
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Kontoes, C.; Keramitsoglou, I.; Papoutsis, I.; Sifakis, N.I.; Xofis, P. National Scale Operational Mapping of Burnt Areas as a Tool for the Better Understanding of Contemporary Wildfire Patterns and Regimes. Sensors 2013, 13, 11146-11166.

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Kontoes C, Keramitsoglou I, Papoutsis I, Sifakis NI, Xofis P. National Scale Operational Mapping of Burnt Areas as a Tool for the Better Understanding of Contemporary Wildfire Patterns and Regimes. Sensors. 2013; 13(8):11146-11166.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Kontoes, Charalampos; Keramitsoglou, Iphigenia; Papoutsis, Ioannis; Sifakis, Nicolas I.; Xofis, Panteleimon. 2013. "National Scale Operational Mapping of Burnt Areas as a Tool for the Better Understanding of Contemporary Wildfire Patterns and Regimes." Sensors 13, no. 8: 11146-11166.


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