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Dynamic Monitoring of Agricultural Fires in China from 2010 to 2014 Using MODIS and GlobeLand30 Data

College of Surveying and Geo-informatics, Tongji University, 1239 Siping Road, Shanghai 200092, China
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Academic Editors: Songnian Li, Jun Chen, Shu Peng and Wolfgang Kainz
ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2016, 5(10), 172;
Received: 6 July 2016 / Revised: 20 September 2016 / Accepted: 21 September 2016 / Published: 25 September 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Analysis and Applications of Global Land Cover Data)
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In the summer and autumn, which is the primary cropland planting preparation and harvest time, cropland burning is very common in China. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) Terra active fire product (MOD14) and GlobeLand30-2010 data are used here to analyze the fire activity of the predominant land cover types. A total of 44,852 scenes of MOD14 images and MOD03 images are used, covering the whole of China from 20 May to 31 October during 2010 to 2014. Agricultural burning is a significant contributor to fire activity in China, and accounts for 60% on average of all the fire activity over the last five years. The spatial and temporal distribution of agricultural burning in seven different geographical regions is analyzed in detail. The experiments showed that the Central and Eastern China regions are the largest contributors to agricultural burning, producing 59%–80% of all the agricultural fires. At the national scale, the number of agricultural fire counts peak in June, which is associated primarily with winter burning of wheat croplands. View Full-Text
Keywords: MODIS; GlobeLand30 land cover data; agricultural fire MODIS; GlobeLand30 land cover data; agricultural fire

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Xie, H.; Du, L.; Liu, S.; Chen, L.; Gao, S.; Liu, S.; Pan, H.; Tong, X. Dynamic Monitoring of Agricultural Fires in China from 2010 to 2014 Using MODIS and GlobeLand30 Data. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2016, 5, 172.

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