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Geostationary Sensor Based Forest Fire Detection and Monitoring: An Improved Version of the SFIDE Algorithm

Dipartimento di Ingegneria Astronautica, Elettrica e Energetica, Sapienza University of Rome, 00185 Roma, Italy
Scuola di Ingegneria Aerospaziale, Sapienza University of Rome, 00138 Roma, Italy
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Remote Sens. 2018, 10(5), 741;
Received: 18 April 2018 / Revised: 2 May 2018 / Accepted: 7 May 2018 / Published: 11 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Remote Sensing of Wildfire)
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The paper aims to present the results obtained in the development of a system allowing for the detection and monitoring of forest fires and the continuous comparison of their intensity when several events occur simultaneously—a common occurrence in European Mediterranean countries during the summer season. The system, called SFIDE (Satellite FIre DEtection), exploits a geostationary satellite sensor (SEVIRI, Spinning Enhanced Visible and InfraRed Imager, on board of MSG, Meteosat Second Generation, satellite series). The algorithm was developed several years ago in the framework of a project (SIGRI) funded by the Italian Space Agency (ASI). This algorithm has been completely reviewed in order to enhance its efficiency by reducing false alarms rate preserving a high sensitivity. Due to the very low spatial resolution of SEVIRI images (4 × 4 km2 at Mediterranean latitude) the sensitivity of the algorithm should be very high to detect even small fires. The improvement of the algorithm has been obtained by: introducing the sun elevation angle in the computation of the preliminary thresholds to identify potential thermal anomalies (hot spots), introducing a contextual analysis in the detection of clouds and in the detection of night-time fires. The results of the algorithm have been validated in the Sardinia region by using ground true data provided by the regional Corpo Forestale e di Vigilanza Ambientale (CFVA). A significant reduction of the commission error (less than 10%) has been obtained with respect to the previous version of the algorithm and also with respect to fire-detection algorithms based on low earth orbit satellites. View Full-Text
Keywords: satellite; wildfire; detection satellite; wildfire; detection

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Di Biase, V.; Laneve, G. Geostationary Sensor Based Forest Fire Detection and Monitoring: An Improved Version of the SFIDE Algorithm. Remote Sens. 2018, 10, 741.

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