Why is information on burned areas needed?

It is estimated, that about 25%-35% of Greenhouse gases (GHG) result from biomass burning and therefore they are considered an important factor in climate change (GTOS 68, T13 Fire Disturbance).

Aims of the Fire_cci project

Current global burned area products already exist, but the Fire_cci project aims to improve consistency, using better algorithms for both pre-processing and burned area detection while incorporating error characterisation in their product.

The project team, led by University of Alcala (Spain), focuses on the following issues relating to Fire disturbance:

More specifically, the project team aims to:

The project focuses on the key variable "burned area". It will incorporate active fire observations as a supplemental variable to improve detection of burned area across varying biomes.

Global Burned Area products – Output of the Fire_cci Project

Two global burned area products are delivered as a result of the project:

Complementary, a Small Fire Database (SFD) product has been generated, using Sentinel-2 information at 20-metre spatial resolution, and covering Sub-Saharan Africa for the year 2016, which will be followed by a new version for the year 2019. As additional information, burned area derived from Sentinel-1 has also been obtained for Tropical South America, and a new algorithm combining Sentinel-1 and S-2 is under development.