Detecting the burned area in southern Kalimantan by using the sentinel-1 polarimetric SAR and landsat-8 OLI optic

I. Prasasti, K. I.N. Rahmi, J. T. Nugroho, J. Sitorus, R. Arief, D. Triyono, Suwarsono

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Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imageries data have turned out to be one of the essential sources for forest fire mapping, especially in tropical region since the smoke haze obstruct data acquisition by optical sensor. Despite these limitations, until now, the use of optical sensors still dominates in monitoring forest and land fires in the world. The Sentinel-1 satellites presently offer unreservedly accessible and freely available, world coverage and fast recurrent time (6-12 days), gives Sentinel-1 images the possibility to be broadly utilized for observing the Earth's surface, including forest and land fire phenomenon. However, the use of sentinel-1 data for monitoring and mapping forest and land fires in the tropics of Indonesia, is still limited and has not been widely implemented. This study investigated the use of Sentinel-1, synergy with optical Landsat-8 OLI (Operational Land Imager) data, to identify the burned area, in the tropical region of Indonesia, during 2019 fire season. A pair of Landsat-8 OLI, collected before and after fires, has been used to delineate the boundaries of sample location of burned area. Then, the difference of reflectance and Normalized Burn Ratio were analyzed. A series of Sentinel-1 images, collected before and during/after fires, has been utilized to produce the backscatter values among images. Fire incident causes landcover changes from vegetated land to bareland. This changes can affect the reflectance detected from Landsat-8 OLI. This changes also influence the backscatter recognized from SAR sensor. Then analysis of SAR backscatter on the location of the burned area detected from Landsat-8 was performed. The synergy between SAR polarimetric and optical reflected data, creates a valuable tool for identifying and interpreting burned area following a fire event.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012048
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jun 2020
Event4th International Seminar on Sensors, Instrumentation, Measurement and Metrology, ISSIMM 2019 - Padang, West Sumatera, Indonesia
Duration: 14 Nov 201914 Nov 2019


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