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Duration: 2018-2020
Status: Ongoing
Project Contact: atm@uninova.pt

Financing: Portugal2020/ FCT

Partners: Uninova (prime), ISA (Instituto Superior de agronomia) , ICNF (Instituto de Conservação de Florestas e Natureza)

FUELMON (remote FUEL break MONitoring for forest fire protection)
Project Summary

The main goal of this project is to demonstrate a novel approach for deriving satellite-based maps of fuel treatment and biomass accumulation in the Portuguese primary fuel break network. There are three main scientific objectives:
1) Improve image resolution and daily coverage using freely available data from Earth Observation satellites (Sentinel, Landsat);
2) compare alternative image classification approaches for fuel identification in satellite imagery;
3) use a data fusion algorithm to leverage the temporal information contained in the satellite imagery time series to derive up-to-date maps of the temporal and spatial dynamics of fuel treatment and biomass accumulation.

The goal and objectives are achieved with a monitoring system capable of fusing and processing satellite imagery and other spatial and cartographic data. The project will be developed by UNINOVA and ISA, in close collaboration with the Institute for Nature Conservation and Forests (ICNF).

(A) - (A) Example of a Fuel break as seen by Sentinel-2

(B) Example of a Fuel break as seen by Landsat-8

Apoio FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia no âmbito da Unidade de Investigação CTS - Centro de Tecnologia e Sistemas, referência UID/EEA/00066/2013