Boreal forests and post-fire recovery (Northeast, China)

Monitoring forest fire and post-fire recovery with synergistic analysis of multi-source remote sensing and ecological modeling.

National Science Foundation of China (NSFC)
PI: Cuizhen (Susan) Wang

Summary: Boreal forests in the Northeast China periodically suffer from wildfires in the monsoon climate. This research is initiated from the severe fire erupted in the Greater Hinggan Mountain on May 6th, 1987, which burned 1.3 million hectares of forestlands in 28 days. Synergistic analysis of optical and microwave imagery from multiple sensors is performed monitor the decadal forest recovery in the past 20 years, including the re-establishment of forest canopy covers, structural parameters and aboveground woody biomass, and to assess their spatio-temporal distributions in forests with different burning intensities. The results will enhance our understanding of forest responses to fires at different intensities, provide base information for advanced fire monitoring in local agencies, and promote sustainable forest development in this region.



Fan, Q., C. Wang*, D. Zhang and S. Zang, 2017. Environmental influences on forest fire regime in the Greater Hinggan Mountains, Northeast China. Forests, 8,372. doi:10.3390/f8100372

Wang, J., C. Wang*, and S. Zhang, 2017. Assessing re-composition of Xingan larch in boreal forests after the 1987 fire, Northeast China. Remote Sensing, 9: 504. doi:10.3390/rs9050504.

Li, H., C. Wang*, L. Zhang, X. Li, and S. Zang, 2017. Satellite monitoring of boreal forest phenology and its climatic responses in Eurasia. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 38:19, 5446-5463.