MODIS time series as a tool for monitoring fires and their effects on savanna bird diversity

Levin, Noam, Legge, Sarah, Price, Bronwyn, Bowen, Michiala, Litvack, Emily, Maron, Martine and McAlpine, Clive (2012) MODIS time series as a tool for monitoring fires and their effects on savanna bird diversity. International Journal of Wildland Fire, 21 6: 680-694. doi:10.1071/WF11031

Author Levin, Noam
Legge, Sarah
Price, Bronwyn
Bowen, Michiala
Litvack, Emily
Maron, Martine
McAlpine, Clive
Total Author Count Override 7
Title MODIS time series as a tool for monitoring fires and their effects on savanna bird diversity
Journal name International Journal of Wildland Fire   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1049-8001
Publication date 2012-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/WF11031
Volume 21
Issue 6
Start page 680
End page 694
Total pages 15
Place of publication Collingwood, VIC Australia
Publisher C S I R O Publishing
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
In this study, we aimed to explore the effect of fires on bird diversity in Australia's tropical savannas. Bird surveys were conducted at 69 sites between 2005 and 2007 to estimate bird species richness and abundance within the Mornington Sanctuary, the Kimberley, north-west Australia. We used MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) and Landsat satellite imagery to map fire scars and to quantify vegetation cover parameters, and QuickBird imagery to map the percentage tree cover. Bird species richness and abundance were higher in areas exhibiting minimum seasonal and interannual changes, e.g. in riparian areas, near water and where tree cover was high. We found a significant negative effect of fire on bird diversity following the extensive late dry-season fires of 2006. These findings support the view that intense and large fires are threatening biodiversity and reinforce the importance of reducing the occurrence of late dry-season fires, which are the most severe and extensive. MODIS satellite imagery was found to provide a cost-effective approach to monitoring savanna landscapes, assessing the state of vegetation and monitoring fire dynamics
Keyword Biodiversity
Fire scars
Primary Productivity
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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