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Call for Papers: Remote sensing Session at WildFire 2011 Conference (South Africa)

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Until recently there were no adequate data on the continental occurrence, size distributions, characteristics, or trends in fire numbers or areas burned annually to meet the information needs of scientists, fire managers and policy decision-makers.

WILDFIRE 2011 – The 5th International Wildland Fire Conference

Sun City, South Africa, 9-13th May, 2011

<http://www.wildfire2011.org/>

Session Title: Wildland Fires: Mapping, Monitoring and Assessment using Remote sensing and GIS Applications

Session description:

Until recently there were no adequate data on the continental occurrence, size distributions, characteristics, or trends in fire numbers or areas burned annually to meet the information needs of scientists, fire managers and policy decision-makers. Resource managers need such information to identify areas that are most under threat of too-frequent burning, the likely points of origin of such fires, and what management strategies and operations would best enable more effective prevention and control of fire. Scientists require this information to investigate the impact of fire on plant and animal species, ecosystems, soils and biogeochemical cycles, to estimate trace gas and particulate emissions and their associated radiative forcing and the forcing of surface albedo change on the climate, and the relationships between fire, land cover land use, and climate. Data products such as active fire detection, burned area, fire radiative power and fire danger, are being generated from recent generations of remote sensing satellites, validated and used in operational fire information systems as well as to address fundamental science questions. These satellite fire products in conjunction with advances in Geospatial technologies (GIS and GPS) facilitate rapid integration of datasets in space and time for fire danger rating, fire occurrence prediction, preparedness and, suppression planning for more effective management.

The session theme is “Wildland Fires: Mapping, Monitoring and Assessment using Remote sensing and GIS Applications”. We invite contributions on methodologies and applications of fire detection, monitoring, fire danger rating, and assessment spanning diverse geographic regions and scales. The papers should have significant Remote Sensing and/or GIS component. African participation and focus is welcomed. This special session will open with plenary lectures led by prominent Remote Sensing and GIS experts in Fire research.

The session organizers welcome paper or poster abstracts in the following areas.

a). Remote sensing algorithms of fire detection, mapping and management

b). Satellite fire products (active fires, burnt areas, fire radiative power), analysis and validation

c). Fire Danger derived from satellite products

d). Fire emissions estimation, pollution and impact at a variety of scales

e). Spatio-temporal analysis of Fire events and causative factors

f). Remote sensing and GIS based applications for pre-fire planning and management; post-fire evaluation and management; post-fire vegetation recovery assessments, disturbance ecology, etc.

g). Decision support systems for Fire management

The session will provide an unprecedented opportunity for professionals and students from diverse disciplines to discover latest trends in remote sensing and GIS related fire research and fire management applications. The session will also facilitate exchange of ideas, research results, professional experiences, and future vision in the fields of remote sensing of fires, geospatial technologies and
applications.

Please consider submitting your abstracts and papers to the above session for exchanging your ideas and research with other fire researchers. Poster abstracts should be 100-150 words, with the poster a standard portrait layout and AO size. Paper abstracts should be 100-150 words, and presentations not longer than 15 minutes, leaving 5 minutes for Q&A. The layout template for papers can be downloaded from the link: <http://www.wildfire2011.org/submitpaper.php>

For more information see <http://www.wildfire2011.org/>

Email abstracts to : Krishna P Vadrevu - <Krishna@hermes.geog.umd.edu>
Or Anja Hoffmann <aahoffmann@email.de>
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Deadline:

Last date of submission of Abstracts: 31st January, 2011

Session Conveners:

Krishna P Vadrevu, Associate Research Professor, Dept. of Geography, University of Maryland, College Park, USA ; Email: <Krishna@hermes.geog.umd.edu>

David P Roy, Professor, Geographic Information Science Center of Excellence, South Dakota State University, USA; Email: <David.Roy@sdstate.edu>

Chris Justice, Professor, Dept. of Geography, University of Maryland, College Park, USA; Email: <justice@hermes.geog.umd.edu>

Session Rapporteur

Anja Hoffman, Remote Sensing Researcher, Global Fire Monitoring Center,
Germany aahoffmann@email.de

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