Assessing and modeling hill fire impact in country parks with SPOT HRV images and GIS

Tung FUNG, Chi Yung JIM

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Abstract

Remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS) techniques provide efficient tools for resource management. In this paper, these techniques are applied for resource management of country parks in Hong Kong. A spatial database is developed integrating SPOT HRV multispectral data, topographic data, hillfire recordand thematic maps. Vegetation resources are mapped based on multidate SPOT and DEM data with an overall accuracy of 74.3%. Integrated with hillfire record, the impact of hillfire on vegetation resources is assessed. Grass is the major vegetation type subject to fire. Bi-variate relationships between hillfire, its frequency of occurrence and various terrain (elevation, slope, aspect and distance to streams) and human activities (accessibility and point sources of fire) variables are examined. A logistic regression model is used to identify hill fire prone sites with a 75.4% of correct prediction of fire vs. non-fire sites. Elevation, vegetation and accessibility are found to be more important factors for hillfire occurrence. Copyright © 1998 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-58
JournalGeocarto International
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1998

Citation

Fung, T., & Jim, C. Y. (1998). Assessing and modeling hill fire impact in country parks with SPOT HRV images and GIS. Geocarto International, 13(1), 47-58. doi: 10.1080/10106049809354628

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