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Thank you for your interest in the Fire_cci Burned Area (BA) product version 4.1. The dataset is generated by the Fire_cci project, which is part of the Climate Change Initiative (CCI) of the European Space Agency (ESA). The primary aim of the project is the generation of long time series of global BA maps in support of climate change modelling research.

Fire_cci BA version 4.1 was released in July 2016, superseding version 3.1 that was published in October 2014. The BA product relies on a newly developed algorithm that exploits spectral information from MERIS imagery in combination with thermal information from the MODIS active fires product (cf. Chuvieco et al. (2016)).

Fire_cci BA version 4.1 covers the period 2005-2011 and consists of a
 (i) BA pixel product at full MERIS resolution (around 300 m) with date of detection, confidence level and land cover burned in GeoTIFF format.
 (ii) grid product with 0.25 degree spatial and 15 days temporal resolution in NetCDF format including total BA, standard error, fraction of observed area, number of burned patches and BA by land cover type.

During the ongoing Fire_cci project, the BA time series will be extended in time to cover the period 2000 to 2017 by integrating the best combination of satellite sensors. Improvements in the uncertainty characterization and validation are also foreseen. In addition, a small fire database for Africa will be established based on Sentinel-2 MSI data.

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Your feedback is highly valuable for us to develop BA products that are best-suited for a wide range of users. Please help us shaping the Fire_cci products by filling the following 13 questions.

We are keen to receive ongoing feedback from you if you use the Fire_cci products.
For any question, please contact the Fire_cci project manager Dr. M. Lucrecia Pettinari.

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Best regards,

Your ESA Fire_cci Team

Chuvieco, E., Yue, C., Heil, A., Mouillot, F., Alonso-Canas, I., Padilla, M., Pereira, J., Oom, D., Tansey, K. (2016) A new global burned area product for climate assessment of fire impacts: the ESA Fire_cci project. Global Ecol. Biogeogr., 25: 619–629. doi:10.1111/geb.12440.