Skip to page content
USDA Forest Service

Research & Development Treesearch

Treesearch Home
About Treesearch
Contact Us
Research & Development
Forest Products Lab
International Institute of Tropical Forestry
Pacific Northwest
Pacific Southwest
Rocky Mountain
Southern Research Station
Help - We Participate  Government Made Easy

Global Forest Information Service

US Forest Service
P.O. Box 96090
Washington, D.C.

(202) 205-8333

You are here: Home / Search / Publication Information
Bookmark and Share

Publication Information

View PDF (389 KB)

Title: Application of QuickBird imagery in fuel load estimation in the Daxinganling region, China.

Author: Jin, Sen; Chen, Shyh-Chin;

Date: 2012

Source: International Journal of Wildland Fire. 21: 583-590

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Description: A high spatial resolution QuickBird satellite image and a low spatial but high spectral resolution Landsat Thermatic Mapper image were used to linearly regress fuel loads of 70 plots with size 30X30m over the Daxinganling region of north-east China. The results were compared with loads from field surveys and from regression estimations by surveyed stand characteristics. The results show that fuel loads were related to stand characteristics, such as stand mean diameter at breast height and stand height. As the QuickBird image using the shadow fraction method represented the stand characteristics well, fuel loads were well estimated from the QuickBird image. QuickBird estimations outperformed those from the lower spatial resolution Thermatic Mapper image. For many fuel classes, the QuickBird estimations were as good as those regressed from surveyed stand characteristics, and thus similar to the surveyed fine and total dead fuel loads. However, coarse fuel loads were not estimated as well using both satellite images owing to their intrinsic low association with stand characteristics. Despite this limitation in estimating coarse fuels, very-high-resolution images such as QuickBird are still valuable in estimating fine fuels, which are critically important in the practice of fire management.

Keywords: remote sensing, shadow fraction

Publication Notes:

  • We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
  • This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.



Jin, Sen; Chen, Shyh-Chin. 2012. Application of QuickBird imagery in fuel load estimation in the Daxinganling region, China. International Journal of Wildland Fire. 21: 583-590.


 [ Get Acrobat ]  Get the latest version of the Adobe Acrobat reader or Acrobat Reader for Windows with Search and Accessibility

USDA logo which links to the department's national site. Forest Service logo which links to the agency's national site.