Satellite fire products have been systematically used for operational fire monitoring and decision support in Brazil since the late 1980s (e.g.: AVHRR data). However, the Brazilian user community still lacks understanding of product performance and limitations. The availability of new products (e.g.: GOES, MODIS) providing data at different spatial and temporal resolutions introduced additional complications to the process leading to even greater confusion among users. In order to promote adequate use of satellite fire products we propose to conduct workshops and/or special sessions in parallel to the realization of the annual LBA conferences. These workshops are also expected to help stimulate the establishment of a regional network for fire studies where the results from the proposed research can be disseminated. The proposed title of the first workshop is “Overview and applications of multi-sensor and fused active fire products for South America”.
We also propose to stimulate the involvement of Brazilian researchers in immersion programs at the University of Maryland and CIMMS. We expect to have Brazilian researchers visiting these two institutions in order to participate on the data analyses and to contribute in the preparation of papers for publication. We understand that this experience will serve to facilitate communication and knowledge exchange between groups and help promote the involvement of new students in the process.
Mr. Wilfrid Schroeder is currently attending the second year of the Ph.D. program at the Department of Geography – University of Maryland. Mr. Schroeder’s Ph.D. research will be mainly concerned with satellite fire product integration and fire characterization in the Brazilian Amazon. This proposal will contribute to the development of Mr. Schroeder’s Ph.D. research and foster his collaboration with other groups studying vegetation fires in the region.