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Principal Investigators:

Jeffrey Thomas Morisette, NASA (US-PI)
Joao Antonio Raposo Pereira, MMA-IBAMA (SA-PI)
Wilfrid Schroeder, University of Maryland (SA-PI)


Abstract 2003:  Quantifying the Accuracy of MODIS Fire Products and Establishing Their Relationship with Land Cover Dynamics (View)

Resumo 2003:  Quantificação da Acuidade dos Produtos de Fogo do MODIS e o Estabelecimento de sua Relação com a Dinâmica da Cobertura da Terra


LBA-ECO 2002 Business Meeting Poster: 

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Investigation Duration:   01/2003 - 12/2005


LC-35 is a successor to investigation LC-23.



Ivan Andras Csiszar, Co-Investigator, NOAA/NESDIS Center for Satellite Applications and Research
Louis Giglio, NASA/GSFC
Jeffrey Thomas Morisette, US-PI, NASA
Douglas Morton, Co-Investigator, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Joao Antonio Raposo Pereira, SA-PI, MMA-IBAMA
Wilfrid Schroeder, SA-PI, University of Maryland


Research Sites:

Pará Western (Santarém)



Training and Education Activities - Accomplished:

Educational Materials:

Activity Description


  • Research activities and educational materials

    Information on research activities and educational materials produced by this team was posted on the University of Maryland Geography Research Newsletter, including a project summary and a brief report of the October 2003 field campaign. They can be found at the Department of Geography at the University of Maryland website.

Formal Training:

Activity Description


  • Supervision of intern at NASA/Goddard

    Dr. Jeff Morisette mentored Heater Bain, a UNH/GSFC “Research and Discovery” program participant, during the summer 2003. Previous work of this student with Dr. George Hurtt linked census data with AVHRR-based land cover (c. 1992). Now, under the supervision of Dr. Morisette, Heater Bain extended her previous work to include MODIS land cover.

Short Courses / Seminars / Workshops / Conferences:

Activity Description


  • IBAMA special session on Satellite-derived fire and burn scar products throughout the Amazon

    This session was held in conjunction with the 9th Brazilian Remote Sensing Symposium, April 5-10, 2003.

  • ASTER fire map and time series analyses

    During the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC) Fall Seminar Series held at the University of Maryland, in College Park, 2003, Dr. Morton presented preliminary results of the ASTER fire map and analyses.


  • ENVI/IDL software training session

    This session, held at NASA GSFC, was jointly funded by LC-23 and the Invasive Species Forecasting System Project.

  • Ground Based Accuracy Assessments for Fire and Deforestation Events Workshop

    This one-day workshop, held in Brasilia, July 26, was organized in conjunction with the CEOS Land Product Validation subgroup and the GOFC/GOLD fire implementation team.

    There were 33 attendees, including 8 Brazilian students (6 from the Amazon) and participation of 12 Amazonian institutions and universities.

    The workshop included presentations from Embrapa, INPE, IBAMA, NASA, CEOS, GOFC/GOLD, University of Maryland (UMd), and the Federal University of Acre (UFAC).

    A major result of the workshop was to initiate a Brazilian field validation network with a specific protocol for mapping deforestation and burn scars and sharing data and communications between field and remote sensing teams. This network will be utilized for research activities in 2005; data and documentation will be distributed using the infrastructure established after the meeting.


Scheduled STI Site Visits:   more


Datasets/Posters Available as of 2014-04-02

Datasets (with related publications, if any)

LBA-ECO LC-23 Airborne Hyperspectral Vegetation Fire Data, Roraima, Brazil: 2003

LBA-ECO LC-23 ASTER and MODIS Fire Data Comparison for Brazil: 2003-2004

  1. Morisette, J.T., L. Giglio, I. Csiszar, A. Setzer, W. Schroeder, D. Morton, and C.O. Justice. 2005. Validation of MODIS Active Fire Detection Products Derived from Two Algorithms. Earth Interactions 9(9):1-25.
LBA-ECO LC-23 Characterization of Vegetation Fire Dynamics for Brazil: 2001-2003

  1. Schroeder, W., J.T. Morisette, I. Csiszar, L. Giglio, D. Morton, and C.O. Justice. 2005. Characterizing Vegetation Fire Dynamics in Brazil through Multisatellite Data: Common Trends and Practical Issues. Earth Interactions 9(13):1-26.
LBA-ECO LC-23 Vegetation Fire Data, Roraima, Brazil: 2003



Morisette JT, Giglio L, Csiszar I, Setze A, Schroeder W, Morton D, Justice CO. (2005) Validation of MODIS Active Fire Detection Products Derived from Two Algorithms. Earth Interactions, 9, 1-25. (abstract)

*Schroeder W, Morisette JT, Csiszar I, Giglio L, Morton D, Justice CO. (2005) Characterizing Vegetation Fire Dynamics in Brazil through Multisatellite Data: Common Trends and Practical Issues. Earth Interactions, 9, 1-26. (abstract)


Matrix of Publications-Datasets:  more


Science Questions:

Carbon Dynamics:

        CD-Q3d - What portion of the Amazônia–wide carbon flux is from fire? How do ecosystems recover from fire? What are the relations between land management and fire occurrence/frequency?

Land Cover and Land Use Change:

        LC-Q1 - What are the rates and mechanisms of forest conversion to agricultural land uses, and what is the relative importance of these land uses?
        LC-Q2 - At what rate are converted lands abandoned to secondary forests; what is the fate of these converted lands, and what are the overall dynamic patterns of land conversion and abandonment?
        LC-Q3 - What is the area of forest that is affected by selective logging each year? How does the intensity of selective logging influence forest ecosystem function, thus altering forest regrowth and flammability?

Other Research Teams:

CD-01  -  CD-02  -  CD-03  -  CD-04  -  CD-05  -  CD-06  -  CD-07  -  CD-08  -  CD-09  -  
CD-10  -  CD-11  -  CD-12  -  CD-14  -  CD-15  -  CD-17  -  CD-18  -  CD-30  -  CD-31  -  
CD-32  -  CD-33  -  CD-34  -  CD-35  -  CD-36  -  CD-37  -  CD-40  -  CD-41  -  LC-01  -  
LC-02  -  LC-03  -  LC-04  -  LC-05  -  LC-06  -  LC-07  -  LC-08  -  LC-09  -  LC-10  -  
LC-11  -  LC-12  -  LC-13  -  LC-14  -  LC-15  -  LC-16  -  LC-21  -  LC-22  -  LC-24  -  
LC-30  -  LC-31  -  LC-32  -  LC-33  -  LC-34  -  LC-35  -  LC-36  -  LC-37  -  LC-38  -  
LC-39  -  ND-01  -  ND-02  -  ND-03  -  ND-04  -  ND-06  -  ND-07  -  ND-08  -  ND-09  -  
ND-10  -  ND-11  -  ND-30  -  ND-31  -  PC-30  -  TG-01  -  TG-02  -  TG-03  -  TG-04  -  
TG-05  -  TG-06  -  TG-07  -  TG-08  -  TG-09  -  TG-10  -  TG-30  -  TG-31  -  TG-32



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