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Sept. 24, 2019

Burned area detection and mapping using Sentinel-1 backscatter coefficient and thermal anomalies

New paper by Miguel Belenguer-Plomer published in Remote Sensing of Environment

A new paper by Miguel Belenguer-Plomer et. al. has been published in Remote Sensing of Environment. Download the full paper


  • A novel, C-band SAR time-series based burned area mapping algorithm is proposed.
  • The Reed-Xiaoli detector was used to delineate anomalous SAR changes.
  • The most accurate detections were observed over forests, the least over grasslands.
  • The results were compared with those from available global burned area products.
  • Dual-pass SAR data availability, topography, and soil moisture influenced accuracy.