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March 13th, 2015 4:30 PM   to   5:30 PM

Presented by Dr. Ioannis Gitas,University of Thessaloniki, Greece.

Since the initiation of the Landsat program (1972) several projects have been conducted to test the potential efficacy and reliability of satellite data in collecting information related to forest fire management. However, during the last decade, the range of applications has increased significantly as a result of the following:

  • an increase in the number of sensors with different characteristics suitable for studying aspects of fire;
  • improvement of our understanding of the role of fire in ecosystems functioning;
  • progress in computer technology;
  • development of new advanced digital image analysis techniques; and
  • improved access to and availability of satellite data and derived products.

This talk will focus on Mediterranean ecosystems and will discuss recent remote sensing applications related to both ‘pre-fire planning’ and ‘post-fire impact assessment’.

This seminar is part of the Edinburgh Earth Observatory series and supported by the AGI.

As usual, the event is followed by "geodrinks" in the Teviot Library bar (EH8 9AJ) at 5.45pm. All are welcome, even if you cannot attend the seminar, but note that access to the bar can be restricted from 6pm so please make contact in advance if you plan to join us after that time.

No booking is required for this event and it is free to attend.

Aim of the Series

The University of Edinburgh School of GeoSciences is pleased to host this seminar series, presenting topics in the broad areas of geographical information and remote sensing, under the auspices of the Edinburgh Earth Observatory. This prestigious series combines research seminars with talks of professional interest and is open to students and staff across the University and beyond, together with professionals in the field working in Edinburgh and other parts of Scotland. Supported by the Association for Geographic Information in Scotland (AGI Scotland) as a professional seminar series, it aims to be inclusive and broad-ranging. Talks are timed for the late afternoon to bring a social dimension.

These seminars also represent an important networking opportunity, with a growing audience comprising some of the key players in the Scottish geographical information industry. Talks are followed by AGI Geo-Drinks which take place in the Teviot Library Bar allowing plenty room for informal professional networking.

Our typical audience numbers 40-60 and combines staff and students from GeoSciences, Informatics and other Schools within the university, with professional colleagues from the Scottish Government, British Geological Survey, EDINA, Registers for Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland, Forest Research and several SMEs from across Central Scotland and beyond.

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