Global Burnt Area 2000

Project Description
Over large regions of the globe, fires are known to contribute
significantly to the injection of gases and aerosols into the
atmosphere, and to be a major disturbance to the vegetation cover.
Biomass burning contributes up to 50%, 40% and 16% of the total
emissions of anthropogenic origin for carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide
and methane respectively. Both the scientific community and the
policy makers are looking for reliable and quantitative information on
the magnitude and spatial distribution of biomass burning

It is in this context that the Global Burnt Area 2000 initiative
(GBA2000) has been launched by the GVM Unit of the JRC, in partnership
with 6 other institutions, with the specific objective being to
produce a map of the areas burnt globally for the year 2000, using the
medium resolution (1 km) satellite imagery provided by the
SPOT-Vegetation system and to derive statistics of area burnt per type
of vegetation cover.

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