USDA Forest Service

Geospatial Technology And Applications Center

Can RAVG data be used for non-forested areas or non-fire-related disturbances?

RAVG assessments are based on regression equations that relate imagery-derived indices to field-based burn severity measures for forest vegetation. They are not calibrated for other vegetation types and other disturbances. Although RAVG data may indicate the relative severity of other disturbances or in other vegetation types, the burn severity values cannot be directly applied to such cases.

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