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Fuel loads and fuel type mapping

January 1, 2003

Correct description of fuel properties is critical to improve fire danger assessment and fire behaviour modeling, since they guide both fire ignition and fire propagation. This chapter deals with properties of fuel that can be considered static in short periods of time: biomass loads, plant geometry, compactness, etc. Mapping these properties require a detail knowledge of vegetation vertical and horizontal structure. Several systems to classify the great diversity of vegetation characteristics in few fuel types are described, as well as methods for mapping them with special emphasis on those based on remote sensing images.

Publication Year 2003
Title Fuel loads and fuel type mapping
DOI 10.1142/9789812791177_0005
Authors Emilio Chuvieco, David Riaño, Jan W. Van Wagtendonk, Felix Morsdof
Publication Type Book Chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Series Title Series in Remote Sensing
Series Number 4
Index ID 70006785
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Western Ecological Research Center