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ESA Fire Climate Change Initiative (Fire_cci): AVHRR-LTDR Burned Area Grid product, version 1.1

Update Frequency: Not Planned
Latest Data Update: 2021-01-06
Status: Completed
Online Status: ONLINE
Publication State: Citable
Publication Date: 2020-12-21
DOI Publication Date: 2020-12-21
Download Stats: last 12 months
Dataset Size: 469 Files | 7GB


The ESA Fire Disturbance Climate Change Initiative (CCI) project has produced maps of global burned area derived from satellite observations. The AVHRR - LTDR Grid v1.1 product described here contains gridded data of global burned area derived from spectral information from the AVHRR (Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer) Land Long Term Data Record (LTDR) v5 dataset produced by NASA.

The dataset provides monthly information on global burned area on a 0.25 x 0.25 degree resolution grid from 1982 to 2018. The year 1994 is omitted as there was not enough input data for this year. The dataset is distributed in NetCDF files, and it includes 4 layers: sum of burned area, standard error, fraction of burnable area and fraction of observed area. For further information on the product and its format see the Product User Guide.

Citable as:  Chuvieco, E.; Pettinari, M.L.; Otón, G. (2020): ESA Fire Climate Change Initiative (Fire_cci): AVHRR-LTDR Burned Area Grid product, version 1.1. Centre for Environmental Data Analysis, 21 December 2020. doi:10.5285/62866635ab074e07b93f17fbf87a2c1a.
Abbreviation: FireCCILT11_grid
Keywords: ESA, CCI, Pixel, Burned Area, Fire Disturbance, Climate Change, GCOS Essential Climate Variable


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Access rules:
Public data: access to these data is available to both registered and non-registered users.
Use of these data is covered by the following licence: When using these data you must cite them correctly using the citation given on the CEDA Data Catalogue record.
Data lineage:

Data was produced by the ESA Fire CCI team as part of the ESA Climate Change Initiative (CCI) and is being held on the CEDA (Centre for Environmental Data Analysis) archive as part of the ESA CCI Open Data Portal project.

Data has been derived from spectral information from the AVHRR Land Long Term Data Record (LTDR) product version 5 dataset (

Data Quality:
For information on product quality see
File Format:
Data are in NetCDF format

Process overview

This dataset was generated by a combination of instruments deployed on platforms and computations as detailed below.

Instrument/Platform pairings

AVHRR series Deployed on: NOAA polar orbiting satellites

Mobile platform operations

Mobile Platform Operation 1 Mobile Platform Operation for: NOAA polar orbiting satellites

Computation Element: 1

Title ESA Fire_cci AVHRR-LTDR Burned Area algorithm
Abstract The Burned Area (BA) algorithm used for producing the Fire_CCI AVHRR-LTDR Burned Area product is described in the Fire_cci Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document (ATBD) for the AVHRR LTDR data, available from .
Input Description None
Output Description None
Software Reference None
Output Description


  • units: 1
  • long_name: fraction of burnable area
  • var_id: fraction_of_burnable_area
  • units: 1
  • long_name: fraction of observed area
  • var_id: fraction_of_observed_area
  • var_id: lat_bnds
  • var_id: lon_bnds
  • units: m2
  • long_name: standard error of the estimation of burned area
  • var_id: standard_error
  • var_id: time_bnds
  • units: m2
  • standard_name: burned_area
  • var_id: burned_area
  • long_name: total burned_area

Co-ordinate Variables

  • units: degree_north
  • standard_name: latitude
  • long_name: latitude
  • var_id: lat
  • units: degree_east
  • standard_name: longitude
  • long_name: longitude
  • var_id: lon
  • long_name: time
  • standard_name: time
  • var_id: time
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