Fire Damage Assessment in Sardinia: the use of ALOS/PALSAR data for post fire effects management

Nicolas Mari, Giovanni Laneve, Enrico Cadau, Ximena Porcasi
2012 European Journal of Remote Sensing  
Fires in the Sardinia Island are one of the most important environmental factors controlling the ecosystem´s function and structure. The evaluation of fire effects by means of remote sensing is economically and practically the best way to assess fire damage, before going to the field. The use of alternative techniques for fire effects assessment is needed, in particular to characterize the biomass loss at the regional level. Radar remotely sensed data can provide great advantages with respect
more » ... ages with respect to optical sensors. The paper is devoted to show the results obtained by applying a semi-automatic algorithm to the images of the L-band SAR sensor PALSAR, on board of the ALOS satellite, for the estimate of the burned area. To assess the quality of the estimate, the radar based results have been compared with those obtained from optical data and ground based information.
doi:10.5721/eujrs20124521 fatcat:xtye3yt2zfdi3bduhgj22h7d3q