Analysis of forest fire smoke using satellite imagery
De Vries, Peter Joseph
Durkee, Philip A.
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NOAA-9 AVHRR data from 17 and 18 September 1987 were used to perform forest fire smoke analysis and tracking. The analysis included alignment, subtraction and division of image digital values to produce an Aerosol Particle Size Index (S12) after Frost (1988). S12 provides information about the slope of the aerosol particle size distribution curve and can be used to infer particle size distribution changes over time. The results provide evidence that the smoke aging process may be successfully studied using satellite imagery, provided careful analysis and removal of background effects are performed. Keywords:Remote sensing; Nuclear winter; Forest fire smoke; Nuclear warfare; Military thesis
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