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 FireCCI project

Current global burned area products already exist, but the FireCCI 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 FireCCI Project

Global burned area products are delivered in two formats as a result of the project:

Complementary, a Small Fire Dataset (SFD) product has been generated, using Sentinel-2 information at 20-metre spatial resolution, and covering Sub-Saharan Africa for the years 2016 and 2019. As additional information, a test burned area derived from Sentinel-1 has also been obtained for Tropical South America. Three test sites in Siberia, Sahel and the Amazon are being used to produce a burned area product combining the long time series of Landsat and Sentinel-2.