Articles | Volume 21, issue 1
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 73–86, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-21-73-2021

Special issue: Remote sensing and Earth observation data in natural hazard...

Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 73–86, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-21-73-2021

Research article 11 Jan 2021

Research article | 11 Jan 2021

Assessing the accuracy of remotely sensed fire datasets across the southwestern Mediterranean Basin

Luiz Felipe Galizia et al.

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This paper aims to provide a quantitative evaluation of three remotely sensed fire datasets which have recently emerged as an important resource to improve our understanding of fire regimes. Our findings suggest that remotely sensed fire datasets can be used to proxy variations in fire activity on monthly and annual timescales; however, caution is advised when drawing information from smaller fires (< 100 ha) across the Mediterranean region.
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