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Fire Ecology, 2007
Volume 3, Issue 1

SPECIAL ISSUE: REMOTE SENSING APPLICATIONS FOR INVESTIGATIONS OF FIRE REGIME ATTRIBUTES
Authors: Andrew T. Hudak, Andrea E. Thode, and Jan W. van Wagtendonk
Pages: 1-2
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0301001

Fire is a primary change agent in many terrestrial ecosystems. Appreciation is growing for the essential role fire plays in fire-adapted ecosystems. Nevertheless, humans living in the wildland urban interface (WUI) understandably regard fires as a threat to their safety, their property, or the natural resources and ecosystem services upon which they depend. As land development has expanded into the WUI, so has the demand for better spatial information regarding fire danger and fire effects, both short- and long-term.

Remote sensing has become essential for mapping: 1) wildland fire perimeters, 2) the area burned within the perimeter, and 3) the variability and severity of ecological effects on vegetation and soils within the area burned. The current state of post-fire remote sensing applications is either directly described or exemplified by several applications in this compilation of eight articles for this special issue of Fire Ecology. These papers originated from oral presentations delivered at the 3rd International Fire Ecology and Management Congress, held in San Diego, California, 13-17 November 2006.

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