The Contribution of Remote Sensing to the Global Monitoring of Fires in Tropical and Subtropical Ecosystems

  • J.-P. Malingreau
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 84)


Recent developments in the use of satellite observation technology have led to new insights into the dynamics of vegetation communities and of large-scale disturbances occurring therein. In particular, data derived from thermal sensors carried on board space platforms have provided regular information on the occurrence and distribution of fires in tropical and subtropical ecosystems. Whilst the role of fire in vegetation communities has been extensively studied by plant ecologists, it is only recently that global views of the phenomena have been directly acquired. Satellite data shed additional light on fire distribution and on ecological interactions leading to vegetation burning. In some cases, they may force adjustments in current views on worldwide fire regimes.


Normalize Difference Vegetation Index Remote Sensing Vegetation Index Rain Forest Biomass Burning 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J.-P. Malingreau
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  1. 1.Institute for Remote Sensing ApplicationsJoint Research Center EECIspra (Varese)Italy

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