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Remote Sens. 2009, 1(4), 1043-1054; doi:10.3390/rs1041043

MODIS Hotspot Validation over Thailand

Remote Sensing and GIS, School of Engineering and Technology, Asian Institute of Technology, P.O.Box 4, Klong Luang, Pathumthani, 12120, Thailand
Forest Fire Control Division, National Park, Wildlife, and Plant Conservation Department, 61 Pholyothin Road, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thailand
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Received: 27 July 2009 / Revised: 9 November 2009 / Accepted: 9 November 2009 / Published: 17 November 2009
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To ensure remote sensing MODIS hotspot (also known as active fire products or hotspots) quality and precision in forest fire control and management in Thailand, an increased level of confidence is needed. Accuracy assessment of MODIS hotspots utilizing field survey data validation is described. A quantitative evaluation of MODIS hotspot products has been carried out since the 2007 forest fire season. The carefully chosen hotspots were scattered throughout the country and within the protected areas of the National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries. Three areas were selected as test sites for validation guidelines. Both ground and aerial field surveys were also conducted in this study by the Forest Fire Control Division, National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conversation Department, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Thailand. High accuracy of 91.84 %, 95.60% and 97.53% for the 2007, 2008 and 2009 fire seasons were observed, resulting in increased confidence in the use of MODIS hotspots for forest fire control and management in Thailand. View Full-Text
Keywords: MODIS; hotspots; active fire product; field validation; forest fire; Thailand; protected area; management; false alarm; accuracy MODIS; hotspots; active fire product; field validation; forest fire; Thailand; protected area; management; false alarm; accuracy

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Tanpipat, V.; Honda, K.; Nuchaiya, P. MODIS Hotspot Validation over Thailand. Remote Sens. 2009, 1, 1043-1054.

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