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  27 Apr 2020

27 Apr 2020

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Development of a standard database of reference sites for validating global burned area products

Magí Franquesa1, Melanie K. Vanderhoof2, Renata Libonati3,4, Julia A. Rodrigues3, Alberto W. Setzer5, Dimitris Stavrakoudis6, Ioannis Z. Gitas6, Ekhi Roteta7, Marc Padilla8, and Emilio Chuvieco1 Magí Franquesa et al.
  • 1Environmental Remote Sensing Research Group, Department of Geology, Geography and the Environment, Universidad de Alcalá, Calle Colegios 2, Alcalá de Henares, 28801, Spain
  • 2Geological Survey, Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center, P.O. Box 25046, DFC, MS980, Denver, CO 80225, United States
  • 3Departamento de Meteorologia, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, 21941-916, Brazil
  • 4Centro de Estudos Florestais, Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisboa, 1349-017, Portugal
  • 5Centro de Previsão de Tempo e Estudos Climáticos/Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais, Programa de Monitoramento de Queimada por Satélites, 12227-010, São José dos Campos, SP, Brazil
  • 6Laboratory of Forest Management and Remote Sensing, School of Forestry and Natural Environment, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, P.O. Box 248, GR-54124, Greece
  • 7Department of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science, School of Engineering of Vitoria-Gasteiz, University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU, Nieves Cano 12, Vitoria-Gasteiz, 01006, Spain
  • 8Centre for Landscape& Climate Research, Department of Geography, University of Leicester, Leicester LEI 17RH, United Kingdom

Abstract. Over the past two decades, several global burned area products have been produced and released to the public. However, the accuracy assessment of such products largely depends on the availability of reliable reference data that currently does not exist on a global scale or whose production requires high level dedication of project resources. The important lack of reference data for the validation of burned area products is addressed in this paper. We provide the first Burned Area Reference Database (BARD) that was created by compiling existing reference burned area datasets from different international projects. The Database contains a total of 2769 reference burned area files derived from Landsat or Sentinel-2 imagery. All reference files have been checked for internal quality and are freely provided by the authors. To ensure database consistency, all files were transformed to a common format and were properly documented by following metadata standards. This should help future users of this database to read and convert the files to their own preferred formats or projections. The database is freely available at: (Franquesa et al., 2020).

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BARD: a global and regional validation burned area database M. Franquesa, M. K. Vanderhoof, R. Libonati, J. A. Rodrigues, A. W. Setzer, D. Stavrakoudis, I. Gitas, E. Roteta, M. Padilla, and E. Chuvieco

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Short summary
The article presents a database of reference sites for burned area products validation. We have compiled 2769 reference files from different international projects. The paper describes the methods used to generate and standardize the data. The Burned Area Reference Data (BARD) is publicly available and will facilitate the arduous task of validating burned area algorithms.
The article presents a database of reference sites for burned area products validation. We have...