Hyperspectral Remote Sensing of FireA Review

Authored by: Sander Veraverbeke , Philip Dennison , Ioannis Gitas , Glynn Hulley , Olga Kalashnikova , Thomas Katagis , Le Kuai , Ran Meng , Dar Roberts , Natasha Stavros

Advanced Applications in Remote Sensing of Agricultural Crops and Natural Vegetation

Print publication date:  December  2018
Online publication date:  December  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138364769
eBook ISBN: 9780429431166
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Fire is a widespread Earth system process with important carbon and climate feedbacks. Multispectral remote sensing has enabled mapping of global spatiotemporal patterns of fire and fire effects, which has significantly improved our understanding of interactions between ecosystems, climate, humans, and fire. With several upcoming spaceborne hyperspectral missions like the Environmental Mapping And Analysis Program (EnMAP), the Hyperspectral Infrared Imager (HyspIRI), and the Precursore Iperspettrale Della Missione Applicativa (PRISMA), we provide a review of the state of the art and perspectives of hyperspectral remote sensing of fire. Hyperspectral remote sensing leverages information in many (often more than 100) narrow (smaller than 20 nm) spectrally contiguous bands, in contrast to multispectral remote sensing of a few (up to 15) noncontiguous wider (greater than 20 nm) bands.

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