The sensitivity of SIR-C backscatter to fire-related forest spatial patterns

Mary C. Henry, Stephen R. Yool

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This research investigates the use of Shuttle Imaging Radar (SIR-C) data to analyze spatial patterns in forests experiencing different fire histories between 1943 and 1994. C-HH, C-HV, L-HH, and L-HV band data were used to calculate mean backscatter (σ°) and several landscape metrics (e.g., largest patch index, mean patch size, edge density, and patch richness). We assessed the relationship between σ° and fire history, as well as spatial patterns and fire history. Significant (p < 0.05) results were obtained for landscape metrics derived from σ° and several fire history variables, although we did not find significant relationships (p < 0.05) between mean backscatter and fire occurrence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-43
Number of pages25
JournalGIScience and Remote Sensing
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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