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Title: Measuring fire behavior with photography

Author: Clements, Hubert B.; Ward, Darold E.; Adkins, Carl W.;

Date: 1983

Source: Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing 49(2):213-217

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Description: Photography is practical for recording and measuring some aspects of forest fire behavior if the scale and perspective can be determined. This paper describes a photogrammetric method for measuring flame height and rate of spread for fires on flat terrain. The flames are photographed at known times with a camera in front of the advancing fire. Scale and perspective of the photographs are determined by including two targets a known distance apart in the camera view field and applying simple geometry.

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Clements, Hubert B.; Ward, Darold E.; Adkins, Carl W. 1983. Measuring fire behavior with photography. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing 49(2):213-217.


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