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Remote Sensing and Fires

 

     

Two main thrusts of activities have used remote sensing and GIS. Much of this work was part of the projects on ‘Underlying causes and impacts of fires in Indonesia’, Phase I funded by the US Forest Service, and Phase II funded by the European Union, the Government of Japan and ACIAR.

The first relates to work by Fred Stolle and colleagues on broad, island-wide assessments of land cover distribution for Sumatra and Kalimantan, and hotspots to identify general burning patterns over time and space. Hotspot data overlaid on land cover, land use allocation and other natural and cultural data helped to identify the probable causes of burning in different years and the areas most vulnerable to fires. Fire was more probable in areas allocated to large-scale plantation development and also in undisturbed forests. Their findings highlighted how land use and policies largely influence vegetation fires in Indonesia.

The second relates to work by Rona Dennis, Iwan Kurniawan and others (see also the publications under ‘Underlying causes and impacts of fires’, ‘Fires in the peatlands’, ‘Fire and plantation development’, and ‘Fire and land tenure conflict’). They looked at forest and land cover change and fire patterns on particular sites using a time series of satellite imagery. They then link these spatial patterns to ground research with differing detail and content on the different sites, to understand the causes and impacts of the fires.

 

     

Publications

     
Dennis, R.A.; Colfer, C.J.P. 2006. Impacts of land use and fire on the loss and degradation of lowland forest in 19832000 in East Kutai District, East Kalimantan, Indonesia. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography 27: 3048
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F. Stolle, R. A. Dennis, I Kurniawan, E.F. Lambin., 2004. Evaluation of remote sensing-based active fire datasets in Indonesia. Int. J. Remote Sensing, 20, vol. 25, No. 2: 471-479.
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F. Stolle and E.F. Lambin., 2003. Interprovincial and interannual differences in the causes of land-use fires in Sumatra, Indonesia. Environmental Conservation 30 (4): 375-387.
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F. Stolle, K.M. Chomitz, E.F. Lambin, T.P. Tomich., 2003. Land use and vegetation fires in Jambi Province, Sumatra, Indonesia. Forest Ecology and Management 179: 277*292
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Dennis, R.; Erman, A.; Meijaard, E. 2000. Fire in the Danau Sentarum landscape: historical, present perspectives. Borneo Research Bulletin 31: 123-137.
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Stolle, F. 2000. Vegetation indices and fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan, Indonesia. Bogor, Indonesia. Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), International Centre for Research in Agroforestry, INESCO, USDA Forest Service. 20 p.
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Stolle, F. 2000. Historical Analysis of Hot-Spots of Fires for the Islands of Sumatra and Kalimantan, Indonesia. Bogor, Indonesia. Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), International Centre for Research in Agroforestry, INESCO, USDA Forest Service. 19 p.
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Stolle F and TP Tomich, 1999. The 1997-1998 Fire Event in Indonesia. Nature and Resources 35 (3): 22-30.
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Dennis, R.; Puntodewo, A.; Colfer, C.J.P. 1998. Fishermen, farmers, forest change and fire. GIS AsiaPacific February/March: 26-30.
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Last updated: Wednesday, June 07, 2006