The Fire_cci Project Team

The University of Alcalá (UAH) has formed a group of research institutions, technology partners and companies in order to carry out the Fire_cci project in an optimum way. The whole group and its partners are referred to as UAH project team.

The scientific and industrial consortium of the UAH team for Phase 2 consists of the following partners, which are shortly described below with their experience and proposed roles.

UAH is the lead partner and the scientific coordinator of the activities of its partners. 

Specific groups of partners are set-up to address specific tasks

  • Earth Observation Science Group
  • System Engineers
  • Climate Research Group
  • Partners for options

Earth Observation Science Team

sites/default/files/uah.jpg UAH,University of Alcala (Spain) will be the project science leader partner as well as the project manager, and will develop burned area algorithms for coarse-resolution sensors.

University of the Basque Country (EHU, Spain) will be responsible for the algorithms to detect small fires using medium-resolution sensors such as Landsat-OLI and Sentinel-2


University of Leicester (UL, United Kingdom) will be responsible for product validation, and will also collaborate in the generation of the small fire database, in particular processing of Sentinel-1 radar data on cloudy regions.


University College London (UCL, United Kingdom) will participate in modelling the BA signal and the uncertainty characterization.

sites/default/files/ISA.jpg School of Agriculture, University of Lisbon (ISA, Portugal) will develop burned area algorithms for coarse-resolution sensors.

System Engineers


Brockmann Consult GmbH (BC, Germany) will be responsible for the system engineering and BA production and dissemination.

Climate Research Group


Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (MPIC, Germany) will help to link the project with groups working on fire emission estimation and atmospheric composition modelling, and will contribute to product quality control and assessment by intercomparisons with other fire products and by atmospheric modelling.


Research Institute for Development (IRD, France) will help to link the project with groups working on vegetation dynamic models and will assess pixel level benefits for the climate model community.


Climate and Environmental Sciences Laboratory (LSCE, France) will implement data generated by the project in a state of the art land carbon model, and help to link the project with groups working on carbon budgets and fire-related vegetation models.


Stichting VU-VUmc (VUA, Netherlands) will focus on the conversion of BA products to fire emissions and link to the atmospheric and biogeochemical communities.

Apart from the baseline project, four optional proposals have been accepted by ESA, which include new partners:


Remote Sensing Solutions GmbH (RSS, Germany) is in charge of a Special Case Study on Fires in Indonesia and El Niño.


Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPIM, Germany) will help with the assessment of the burned area time series derived from the AVHRR-LTDR product.


Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL, Belgium) will provide the connection between burned area form AVHRR-LTDR and land cover.


Cubenube (Spain) will be responsible for the system engineering and BA production of the Sentinel 1 burned area test sites in South America.

During Phase 1, the following partners were also members of the Fire_cci Project Team:

GAF AG, Munich (Germany)

DLR – Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (Germany), Applied Remote Sensing Cluster


JÜLICH – Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH (Germany)

INIA – Instituto Nacional de Tecnologia Agraria y Alimentaria, Remote Sensing Research Group: Fire and Earth observation scientific expertise (Spain)