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Comparison of fire fuel maps produced using MSS and AVHRR data

August 20, 1985

The fuel information, in support of the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) national fire program, has been obtained through the manila interpretation of Landsat multi-spectral scanner images and digital image analysis of Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) data. The BLM, in cooperation with the Earth Resources Observation Systems Data Center, determined that the accuracy (approximately 90 percent overall) was similar for deriving fire fuel information for Malheur County in eastern Oregon using either approach, and for an area the size of Malheur County (6.4 million acres), the costs were about the same (0.19 cents per acre). But the cost per acre was substantially lower (0.04 cents) where digital analysis of AVHRR data were used to derive fire fuel information for a 42-million-acre area in eastern Oregon. Based on these results, the BLM is using digital analysis of AVHRR data to support its operational fire fuel mapping program.

Publication Year 1985
Title Comparison of fire fuel maps produced using MSS and AVHRR data
Authors Wayne A. Miller, David C. Johnston
Publication Type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Series Title Pecora 10 Symposium
Index ID 70113380
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center