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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 5, Iss. 6 — Jun. 1, 1966
  • pp: 899–904

The Remote Surveillance of Forest Fires

Ralph A. Wilson  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 5, Issue 6, pp. 899-904 (1966)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.5.000899


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Abstract

The radiometric considerations for fifteen forest fire surveillance and detection systems are reviewed. The system response is optimized in the 3–6-μ spectral region. A formulation of system noise-equivalent temperature is presented in terms of operational performance requirements and start-of-the-art component parameters. The radiometric criteria are investigated for detection of incipient forest fires and mapping of terrain background. Obscuration of fire targets by timber canopies is discussed. A prototype fire detection system based on these considerations is being evaluated.

© 1966 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: February 17, 1966
Published: June 1, 1966

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Ralph A. Wilson, "The Remote Surveillance of Forest Fires," Appl. Opt. 5, 899-904 (1966)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-5-6-899

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