Skip to page content
USDA Forest Service
  
Treesearch

Research & Development Treesearch

 
Treesearch Home
About Treesearch
Contact Us
Research & Development
Forest Products Lab
International Institute of Tropical Forestry
Northern
Pacific Northwest
Pacific Southwest
Rocky Mountain
Southern Research Station
Help
 

Science.gov - We Participate


USA.gov  Government Made Easy


Global Forest Information Service

US Forest Service
P.O. Box 96090
Washington, D.C.
20090-6090

(202) 205-8333

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

Publication Information

View PDF (790 KB)

Title: Methodological approach for assessing the economic impact of forest fires using MODIS remote sensing images

Author: Rodríguez y Silva, Francisco; Martínez, Juan Ramón Molina; Soto, Miguel Castillo;

Date: 2013

Source: In: González-Cabán, Armando, tech. coord. Proceedings of the fourth international symposium on fire economics, planning, and policy: climate change and wildfires. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-245 (English). Albany, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station: 281-295

Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)

   Note: This article is part of a larger document. View the larger document

Description: Assessing areas affected by forest fires requires comprehensive studies covering a wide range of analyzes. From an economic standpoint, assessing the affected area in monetary terms is crucial. Determining the degree of loss in the value of natural resources, both those of a tangible and intangible nature, enables knowing the residual value remaining after a fire, i.e., it enables determining the "net change in the value of the resources." While the importance of economic analysis in the planning process for different post-fire rehabilitation actions is indisputable, determining the net change in the value of natural resources becomes complex when the size of the affected area makes gathering the information unfeasible, partly because of the costs involved in obtaining the information and partly because of the time that will elapse before the final assessment is available. Once the set of algorithms that allow the initial assessment and the corresponding depreciation of existing resources due to fire impact have been obtained, the assessment can be made immediately with the help of a geographic information system and the corresponding "fire impact depreciation matrix." The ability to incorporate satellite image processing into economic damage assessment allows identifying with greater precision the delimitation of the affected areas based on the "normalized vegetation index."Analysis and interpretation of MODIS images, combined with the energy intensity emitted by the spread of fire, can be integrated into econometric models in order to obtain, in a geo-referenced manner, the economic value per hectare resulting from wildfire damage. This paper details the methodology followed and the results obtained and validated in a series of wildfires that occurred in different geographic areas.

Keywords: vegetation indices, depreciation ratio, economic vulnerability

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.

XML: View XML

Citation:


Rodríguez y Silva, Francisco; Martínez, Juan Ramón Molina; Soto, Miguel Castillo. 2013. Methodological approach for assessing the economic impact of forest fires using MODIS remote sensing images. In: González-Cabán, Armando, tech. coord. Proceedings of the fourth international symposium on fire economics, planning, and policy: climate change and wildfires. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-245 (English). Albany, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station: 281-295.

 


 [ 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.