Satellite observations are a key tool in estimating the fuel consumption and smoke emissions from landscape fires due to their spatial and temporal variability. One such approach is through the measurement the of the radiative emission from actively burning fires, the so-called Fire Radiative Power (FRP). FRP data are now routinely used to estimate fuel consumption and trace gas emissions in systems such as the operational Copernicus Atmospheric Monitoring Service. The aims of this project are to validate satellite FRP retrievals from MODIS, VIIRS and SLSTR using observations from helicopter mounted thermal cameras over prescribed burns in Kruger National Park (KNP). A secondary aim of this research is to characterise the seasonal variability of ‘emission factors’ which specify the chemical species release rate (e.g. CO2, CO, CH4, NOx etc) per unit fuel consumed.
Collaborating research institutes, centres and groups
& Jiangping He, 2018 , Remote Sensing , 10 (10) , 1--22
Investigating the impact of overlying vegetation canopy structures on fire radiative power (FRP) retrieval through simulation and measurement
& Doug McRae, 2018 , Remote Sensing of Environment , 217 , 158--171