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Silvia Merino-de-Miguel, Federico González-Alonso, Margarita Huesca, Dolors Armenteras, and Carol Franco

) products are currently being used for the production of the global MODIS land-cover product (MOD12Q1) ( Friedl et al. 2000 ), and it is expected that the NBAR products will be used profusely for those situations where composited surface reflectance may have been traditionally used ( Schaaf 2010 ), as occurs for burn mapping in areas of persistent cloud cover, of which Colombia is a good example. The MODIS hotspots/active fire detections ( NASA/University of Maryland 2002 ), as provided free of

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Sofia Bajocco, Gianni Boris Pezzatti, Antonella De Angelis, Marco Conedera, and Carlo Ricotta

1. Introduction Fires ignite and spread across the landscape as a function of the presence and spatial arrangement of the fuel load associated to the different land-cover types. Accordingly, to understand fire behavior at the regional scale, a key question consists in quantifying the spatial patterns of fire selectivity regarding landscape composition ( Moreira et al. 2001 ). Analysis of habitat selection is a common aspect of wildlife science because the comprehension of how wildlife use

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Mirco Boschetti, Daniela Stroppiana, and Pietro Alessandro Brivio

1. Introduction Fire is a significant source of gas and aerosols worldwide ( French et al. 2003 ) and an important disturbance factor for the ecosystems that induces land-cover modification and change ( Thonicke et al. 2001 ). Since the late 1990s, Earth observation (EO) data have been extensively used for active fire mapping (i.e., presence of the flaming front or “hot spot”; Dwyer et al. 1998 ; Arino and Rosaz 1999 ; Giglio et al. 2003 ) and for delimiting burned area perimeters

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