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Eastern San Bernardino Mountains

19 September 2003

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 Piper Navajo remote sensing aircraft

Fire Science

Wildfire Monitoring and Prediction
Fire Imaging


Vegetation mortality survey,
San Bernardino National Forest
30 April 2003

As viewed by the FireMapper™ system
in reflected red, near-IR, and thermal IR frequencies

Images were collected from the PSW Airborne Sciences Aircraft flying over the area near Barton Flats.

The forests in the San Bernardino Mountains and the
Peninsular Ranges are seriously drought stressed. In addition, some have diseases (dwarf mistletoe, annosus root disease) which also cause severe stress. Stressed trees can't produce enough resin to protect against pathogens. Examples of these include the California flatheaded borer, mountain pine beetle, red turpentine beetle, Jeffrey-pine beetle and western pine bark beetle. The fir engraver attacks fir trees while the Ips beetle is a scavenger that attacks the tops of trees, along with slash and seriously distressed trees.
Trees in the San Bernardinos are subject to drought, air pollution, and complexes of pests, not just beetles. Deciduous species are affected the same as the coniferous species; black oaks there are suffering from drought stress and also defoliation by the fruit-tree leafroller.

(Entomologist Dr. Laura Merrill, personal communication)





Location Map:

Shaded relief map of the Big Bear Lake, Moonridge, and Onyx Peak area. Color overlays show area of processed imagery.

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Image 1:

A mosaic of images from a flight 4-30-2003.

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Healthy vegetation is bright green; stressed or dying vegetation is yellow-brown in this false-color depiction.

Residual patches of snow (on north-facing slopes) are bright yellow.

(This RGB image shows reflected red light at 650 nm in red, reflected NIR at 850 nm in green, and thermal IR at 10.5 um in blue. The blue band has been inverted, so that the colder areas are brighter blue.)

Archives of past fires: 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001

Forest mapping: 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001


FireMapper™ Specifications: Instrument

FireMapper™ References: Publications

FireMapper™ Tools- image analysis software: ftp downloads page

For Further Information: contact Dr. Philip J. Riggan

FireMapper™ has been developed through a Research Joint Venture with Space Instruments, Inc., and support from the National Fire Plan, Forest Service International Programs, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Joint Fire Sciences Program, and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

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