Network-enabled detection, characterization, and monitoring of tropical peatland burning

Date and Time : January 20, 2014 (Monday) - 09.00 - 17.30
Chair : Chris Elvidge, Chair
Takuji Kiura, Co-chair
Eui-Nam John Huh, Co-chair
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Objectives :

Tropical peatlands are valued for their biodiversity and carbon reserves. In many cases these lands are outside of the protection afforded by parks and reserves, leaving them vulnerable to drainage and conversion to croplands. Fire is a primary tool used in the conversion to agriculture. Once fires are started, they may burn in a flameless smoldering phase for extended periods of time. Because of their low temperature, these smoldering fires are difficult to detect from space. Yet, their impact is substantial, producing vast quantities of smoke and massive releases of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.

Networks are widely used to distribute satellite data and fire detections from satellite observations. Similarly, networks are used to collect data from sensor networks and may be used to distribute data to field teams fighting the fires.

In this workshop we examine and inter-compare data sources for the detection of peatland fires, attributing land tenure for specific fires, and sensor networks that track weather and smoke.

Presenters will be encouraged to submit papers to the APAN Proceedings.

Target Audience : Scientists and others who collected data and analyzed the June 2013 events in Sumatra. Those interested to understand how networks are used to distribute data and environmental information.
Expected Number of Participants : 25 - 30
Agenda : Chair: Chris Elvidge, NOAA

Session 1: Satellite observations of fires Sumatra during June 2013

  1. MODIS and NOAA AVHRR detections (Hiroshi Hayasaka, Hokkaido University, hhaya@eng.hokudai.ac.jp)
  2. VIIRS Nighfire detections (Chris Elvidge, NOAA, chris.elvidge@noaa.gov)
  3. SPOT 6 burn area mapping (Ms. Parwati, LAPAN, Indonesia)
  4. Burn scar mapping from Landsat 8 (Chris Elvidge, NOAA)

Session 2: Peatland Burning Issues

  1. Significance of peatland burning in estimating Indonesia's carbon emissions (Dadang Hilman, Indonesia Climate Change Center).
  2. What data do the fire control staff want to have, how can it be best delivered (Israr Albar, Directorate of Forest Fire Control)
  3. Lessons learned on hotspot monitoring from satellite and ground truth data (Ms. Yenni Vetrita, LAPAN, Indonesia)

Session 3: Analysis

  1. Overlay of active fires and burn scars.
    How well do active fire detections match the record from burn scar mapping?
  2. Potential for modeling of CO2 and smoke emissions.

Session 4: Planning for coordinated data collections, data analysis and distribution during the 2014 fire season.

  1. The rationale for nighttime Landsat 8 collections (Chris Elvidge, NOAA, USA)
  2. Discussion of field sites and collection of validation data

Video Conferencing : TBD
Seating Arrangement : U Shape
Remarks :

About Bandung

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