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Burn severity mapping in Australia 2009

January 1, 2012

In 2009, the Victoria Department of Sustainability and Environment estimated approximately 430,000 hectares of Victoria Australia were burned by numerous bushfires. Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) teams from the United States were deployed to Victoria to assist local fire managers. The U.S. Geological Survey Earth Resources Observation and Science Center (USGS/EROS) and U.S. Forest Service Remote Sensing Applications Center (USFS/RSAC) aided the support effort by providing satellite-derived "soil burn severity " maps for over 280,000 burned hectares. In the United States, BAER teams are assembled to make rapid assessments of burned lands to identify potential hazards to public health and property. An early step in the assessment process is the creation of a soil burn severity map used to identify hazard areas and prioritize treatment locations. These maps are developed primarily using Landsat satellite imagery and the differenced Normalized Burn Ratio (dNBR) algorithm.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2012
Title Burn severity mapping in Australia 2009
DOI 10.5194/isprsarchives-XXXIX-B8-51-2012
Authors Randy McKinley, J. Clark, Jennifer Lecker
Publication Type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Index ID 70193205
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center

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