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Using MODIS data to analyse post-fire vegetation recovery in Australian eucalypt forests

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Remote sensing observations provide useful spatially explicit and temporally dense information for monitoring post-fire vegetation recovery patterns over large areas. Although large fires are common in Australian eucalypt forests, research on remote sensing of post-fire vegetation recovery in this ecosystem has been limited. In this study, time series (2000–2012) of Normalised Difference Vegetation Index, Enhanced Vegetation Index and Normalised Differenced Infrared Index derived from Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) were used to analyse post-fire vegetation recovery in eucalypt forests in Australia. The analysis focused on 11 sites which burned during 2001/02 and 2002/03 fire seasons. Results indicated that spectral recovery in Australian eucalypt forests is particularly rapid after fire as spectral indices values returned to pre-fire levels three to six years after fire. Spectral recovery was particularly rapid during the first year following fire and the influence of severity was limited to the first two years after fire.

UOW Authors


  •   Caccamo, Gabriele (external author)
  •   Bradstock, Ross
  •   Collins, Luke
  •   Penman, Trent D.
  •   Watson, Penny J. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Caccamo, G., Bradstock, R. A., Collins, L., Penman, T. & Watson, P. (2015). Using MODIS data to analyse post-fire vegetation recovery in Australian eucalypt forests. Journal of Spatial Science, 60 (2), 341-352.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84948582588

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/2644

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 11

Start Page


  • 341

End Page


  • 352

Volume


  • 60

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • Remote sensing observations provide useful spatially explicit and temporally dense information for monitoring post-fire vegetation recovery patterns over large areas. Although large fires are common in Australian eucalypt forests, research on remote sensing of post-fire vegetation recovery in this ecosystem has been limited. In this study, time series (2000–2012) of Normalised Difference Vegetation Index, Enhanced Vegetation Index and Normalised Differenced Infrared Index derived from Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) were used to analyse post-fire vegetation recovery in eucalypt forests in Australia. The analysis focused on 11 sites which burned during 2001/02 and 2002/03 fire seasons. Results indicated that spectral recovery in Australian eucalypt forests is particularly rapid after fire as spectral indices values returned to pre-fire levels three to six years after fire. Spectral recovery was particularly rapid during the first year following fire and the influence of severity was limited to the first two years after fire.

UOW Authors


  •   Caccamo, Gabriele (external author)
  •   Bradstock, Ross
  •   Collins, Luke
  •   Penman, Trent D.
  •   Watson, Penny J. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Caccamo, G., Bradstock, R. A., Collins, L., Penman, T. & Watson, P. (2015). Using MODIS data to analyse post-fire vegetation recovery in Australian eucalypt forests. Journal of Spatial Science, 60 (2), 341-352.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84948582588

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/2644

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 11

Start Page


  • 341

End Page


  • 352

Volume


  • 60

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • Australia