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Spatial Analysis and Temporal Variability of Biomass Burning Using Satellite Images in Gilé National Reserve from 2004 to 2014

The increasing pressure on the forests ecosystem, led by the need for new areas for agricultural activities in developing regions, is the main cause of the rising occurrence of wildfires that causes damage to these ecosystems. In Mozambique, uncontrolled wildfires are one of the environmental problems, and for its damage control, combat and mitigation are needed a greater efficiency in their detection and monitoring, as the lack of information on the location and extent of burnt area affect the estimation of its real impact on the ecosystem. This study was carried out as a result of increasing burnt areas in the Gilé Nacional Reserve (GNR) between 2001 and 2002. This study aimed to analyze spatial and temporal segregation of fires using satellite images, the results show that the maximum frequency of 15 times in 10 years, corresponding to a mean fire return interval of 3.9 years, with an average of 828 annual fires, registered greatly in August and September, resulting on 229.62 km2 of burnt area, a feature average intensity of 25.09 Mega Watts, being justified in 99% by altitude, slope, and aspect of the plot. The equation developed for the intensity of fires in the GNR is Y=52.504430, 0.061136*Forests - 0.002052* Appearance + 0.067099*Slope + ε.

Spatial Analysis, Temporal Variability of Fire, Land Cover Change

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Credêncio Raúl Maúnze, Ivan Abdul Dulá Remane. (2021). Spatial Analysis and Temporal Variability of Biomass Burning Using Satellite Images in Gilé National Reserve from 2004 to 2014. Research & Development, 2(4), 83-96.

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Credêncio Raúl Maúnze; Ivan Abdul Dulá Remane. Spatial Analysis and Temporal Variability of Biomass Burning Using Satellite Images in Gilé National Reserve from 2004 to 2014. Res. Dev. 2021, 2(4), 83-96. doi: 10.11648/j.rd.20210204.12

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Credêncio Raúl Maúnze, Ivan Abdul Dulá Remane. Spatial Analysis and Temporal Variability of Biomass Burning Using Satellite Images in Gilé National Reserve from 2004 to 2014. Res Dev. 2021;2(4):83-96. doi: 10.11648/j.rd.20210204.12

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