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Fact Sheet 2012–3133

Wetland Fire Remote Sensing Research: The Greater Everglades Example

By John W. Jones

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Fire is a major factor in the Everglades ecosystem. For thousands of years, lightning-strike fires from summer thunderstorms have helped create and maintain a dynamic landscape suited both to withstand fire and recover quickly in the wake of frequent fires. Today, managers in the Everglades National Park are implementing controlled burns to promote healthy, sustainable vegetation patterns and ecosystem functions. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is using remote sensing to improve fire-management databases in the Everglades, gain insights into post-fire land-cover dynamics, and develop spatially and temporally explicit fire-scar data for habitat and hydrologic modeling.

First posted December 5, 2012

For additional information contact:
Director, Eastern Geographic Science Center
U.S. Geological Survey
MS 521 National Center
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive
Reston, VA 20192

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Suggested citation:

Jones, J.W., 2012, Wetland fire remote sensing research—The Greater Everglades example: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2012–3133, 2 p., available only at http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2012/3133.




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