Cover Senegalese Fire Activity during the 1989-90 Dry Season Deduced from NOAA AVHRR Night Time Images
The savannas and woodlands of Sub-Saharan Africa are annually swept by uncontrolled wildfires and controlled burning. Senegal, at the extreme western part of the African continent, is not an exception from this situation. By its position, which ranges from the Sahelian zone in the north to the Guinean zone in south, the supply of fuel load for biomass burning is assured by the high annual biomass production of its savannas and woodlands. This is particularly the case of the Senegalese Guinean and Sudanian zones. On the cover map these zones extend roughly from a line extending between Kaolack (on the cover; shown by a K) and Tambacounda (T) and southwards. Abundant fire activity is also present in the Sahelian zone,north of this line, in years of normal or above-normal rainfall. The rainy season preceding the 1980-90 fire season was a fairly normal year, at least when including the last decades with general rain deficits. The front cover illustrates the temporal-spatial distribution of fire activity in Senegal foe that particular fire season.
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Type: Staff Publications
Author: Sindre Langaas
Year of publication: 1993
Publisher: International Journal of Remote Sensing