HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Satellites are tracing Europe's forest fire scars

Last year's long hot summer was a bumper year for forest fires, with more than half a million hectares of woodland destroyed across Mediterranean Europe. So far this year fresh fires have occurred across Portugal, Spain and southern France, with 2500 people evacuated from blazes in foothills north of Marseille. According to the European Commission, each hectare of forest lost to fire costs Europe's economy between a thousand and 5000 Euros.

The distinctive 'burn scars' left across the land by forest fires can be identified from space as a specific reddish-brown spectral signature from a false-colour composite of spectral bands from optical sensors in the short wavelength infrared, near infrared and visible channels.

A new ESA-backed, Earth Observation-based service is making use of this fact, employing satellite imagery from SPOT and Landsat to automatically detect the 2004 burn scars within fire-prone areas of the Entente region of Southwest France, within the Puglia and Marche regions of Italy and across the full territory of Spain.

Burn scar detection is planned to take place on a seasonal basis, identifying fires covering at least one hectare to a standard resolution of 30 metres, with detailed damage assessment available to a maximum resolution of 2.5 metres using the SPOT 5 satellite.

Partner users include Italy's National Civil Protection Department, Spain's Direccin general para la Biodiversidad a directorate of the Environment Ministry that supports regional fire-fighting activities with more than 50 aircraft operating from 33 airbases as well as France's National Department of Civil Protection (DDSC) and the country's Centre D'Essais Et De Recherce de l'Entente (CEREN), the test and research centre of the government organisation tasked with combating forest fires, known as the Entente Interdpartementale.

"To cope with fire disasters, the most affected Departments in the south of France have decided to join
'"/>

Contact: Mariangela D'Acunto
mariangela.d'acunto@esa.int
39-069-418-0856
European Space Agency
27-Jul-2004


Page: 1 2 3 4

Related biology news :

1. Satellites map volcanic home of Africas endangered gorillas
2. Satellites spy deaths in rain forests (Clark et al.)
3. Satellites will join search for source of Ebola virus
4. Satellites to focus on UNESCO World Heritage sites
5. Satellites see big changes since 1980s in key element of oceans food chain
6. Satellites tracking climate changes
7. Satellites vs. mosquitoes: Tracking West Nile Virus in the U.S.
8. Fatal attraction: Satellites to determine sea lions deaths
9. Single virus tracing sets the stage for new infection-fighting drugs and gene-therapy strategies, Science authors say
10. Invitation to cover Europes leading conference on fertility and reproductive medicine
11. Huge market for forest moss raises concerns

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Satellites are tracing Europe forest fire scars

(Date:10/16/2014)... efficiently, they are anything but sustainable: environmental damage ... is becoming increasingly evident. Despite their disadvantages, however, ... regarded as the sole possibility of achieving higher ... Bernhard Schmid, an ecology professor at the University ... agriculture and forestry. After all, a new study ...
(Date:10/15/2014)... the pandemic risk from strains of influenza virus increases ... ourselves to become complacent that the most substantial threats ... , Influenza pandemics arise when a new virus strain ... immunity – spreads in the human population. There have ... the worst of which – the 1918 Spanish Flu ...
(Date:10/15/2014)... Conn. , Oct. 15, 2014 NXT-ID, Inc. (NASDAQ: ... biometric authentication company focused on the growing mobile commerce market releases ... MarketSite in Times Square on Monday October 13 th . ... CTO David Tunnel and angel investor Mr. Chad ... Pereira , CEO of NXT-ID thanked his investors and employees "for ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Plant communities produce greater yield than monocultures 2Plant communities produce greater yield than monocultures 3Scientists 'must not become complacent' when assessing pandemic threat from flu viruses 2Photo Release: NXT-ID Inc. Rings Opening Bell of the NASDAQ Stock Market October 13th 2Photo Release: NXT-ID Inc. Rings Opening Bell of the NASDAQ Stock Market October 13th 3
(Date:10/19/2014)... October 19, 2014 The report "Chocolate, ... Share, Trade, Prices, Geography Trend and Forecast (2011 - ... category, and geography and studies the major market drivers, ... America, Europe, and Asia. , The global chocolate market ... $98.3 billion in 2016 at an estimated CAGR of ...
(Date:10/19/2014)... 19, 2014 According to market ... Points; WLAN Controllers; Wireless gateways)]- Global Advancements, Forecasts ... the global Outdoor Wi-Fi market with analysis and ... MarketsandMarkets also identifies the drivers and the restrains ... trends, opportunities and challenges. , Browse 65 market ...
(Date:10/18/2014)... 2014 The report "1,6-Hexanediol Market ... Forecasts to 2019", analyzes the global market on ... understand the industry details such as the key ... geographic regions. , Browse 81 Market Data Tables ... in-depth TOC on “1,6-Hexanediol Market by Application and ...
(Date:10/18/2014)... The Asia-Pacific Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCoS) display market ... with analysis and forecast of revenue. This market was ... to reach $380.0 million by 2018, at a CAGR ... the TOC of the Asia-Pacific LCoS display market report, ... This also provides a glimpse of the segmentation of ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Chocolate Market Projected To Reach $98.3 Billion by 2016 - New Report by MarketsandMarkets 2Chocolate Market Projected To Reach $98.3 Billion by 2016 - New Report by MarketsandMarkets 3Chocolate Market Projected To Reach $98.3 Billion by 2016 - New Report by MarketsandMarkets 4Outdoor Wi-Fi Market (by Access Points, WLAN Controllers, Wireless gateways) Expected to Cross $37.2 Billion by 2018 - New Report by MarketsandMarkets 2Outdoor Wi-Fi Market (by Access Points, WLAN Controllers, Wireless gateways) Expected to Cross $37.2 Billion by 2018 - New Report by MarketsandMarkets 3Outdoor Wi-Fi Market (by Access Points, WLAN Controllers, Wireless gateways) Expected to Cross $37.2 Billion by 2018 - New Report by MarketsandMarkets 41,6-Hexanediol Market Projected to Reach $916.1 Million at a CAGR of 8.3% by 2019 – Report by MarketsandMarkets 21,6-Hexanediol Market Projected to Reach $916.1 Million at a CAGR of 8.3% by 2019 – Report by MarketsandMarkets 31,6-Hexanediol Market Projected to Reach $916.1 Million at a CAGR of 8.3% by 2019 – Report by MarketsandMarkets 41,6-Hexanediol Market Projected to Reach $916.1 Million at a CAGR of 8.3% by 2019 – Report by MarketsandMarkets 5The Asia-Pacific Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCoS) display market is expected to reach $380.0 million by 2018 - New Report by MicroMarket Monitor 2The Asia-Pacific Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCoS) display market is expected to reach $380.0 million by 2018 - New Report by MicroMarket Monitor 3
Cached News: