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A new, global, burnt area product has been developed, from time series of SPOT-VGT data, and validated. Burnt areas are reported at a resolution of 1 km for seven fire years (2000 to 2007). A modified version of a Global Burnt Area (GBA) 2000 algorithm is used to compute global burnt area. The total area burnt each year (2000-2007) is estimated to be between 3.5 million km2 and 4.5 million km2. The total amount of vegetation burnt by cover type according to the Global Land Cover (GLC) 2000 product is reported. Validation was undertaken using 72 Landsat TM scenes. Correlation statistics between estimated burnt areas are reported for major vegetation types. The accuracy of this new global dataset depends on vegetation type.
Citation: Tansey, K., J.-M. Grégoire, P. Defourny, R. Leigh, J.-F. Pekel, E. van Bogaert, and E. Bartholomé (2008), A new, global, multi-annual (2000-2007) burnt area product at 1 km resolution, Geophys. Res. Lett., 35, L01401, doi:10.1029/ 2007GL031567.