PRODUCT DESCRIPTION - Burnt area and burnt area history

Fires or biomass burning are known to contribute significantly to the injection of carbon into the atmosphere, and to be a major disturbance to the vegetation cover.

The GLOBCARBON Burnt Area Products (BAE) are monthly difference products representing the new burnt areas detected in the last month. These products are formed by combining the methods used in the GBA2000 project (JRC) and the GLOBSCAR project (ESA) and as such are derived from daily observations of the VEGETATION-1, VEGETATION-2, ATSR-2 and AATSR sensors.

The fire history is an accumulation of all monthly products during a year. In addition the combination of all these annual products (1999-2007) is expressed as the frequency of the fire occurrence for this area (pixel).