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Table 7 Average recovery times reported in previous studies that used satellite indices to describe post-fire vegetation recovery. NDVI = Normalized Difference Vegetation Index, NDSWIR = Normalized Difference Shortwave Infrared Index, EVI = Enhanced Vegetation Index, VRI = Vegetation Recovery Index, BRR = Burn Recovery Ratio, NPP = Net Primary Productivity (derived from NDVI and Simple Ratio [SR])

From: Examining post-fire vegetation recovery with Landsat time series analysis in three western North American forest types

AuthorsYearVegetation typeLocationIndexReported mean recovery time (yr)
Viedma et al.1997MediterraneanSpainNDVI1 to 18
Hicke et al.2003BorealCanadaNPP9
Epting and Verbyla2005BorealAlaska, USANDVI, NBR8 to 14
Idris et al.2005Tropical, temperate forestBorneo, ChinaNDVI1 to 4
Hope et al.2007ChaparralCalifornia, USANDVI10
Wittenberg et al.2007MediterraneanIsraelEVI3
Cuevas-González et al.2009BorealSiberia, RussiaNDVI, NDSWIR13
Gouveia et al.2010Pinus L., Eucalyptus L’HérPortugalNDVI3 to 5
Jin et al.2012BorealCanadaEVI5 to 8
Fernandez-Manso et al.2016PinusSpainVRI7 to 20
Pickell et al.2016BorealCanadaNBR5.6
Chompuchan and Lin2017PinusTaiwanBRR20 to 30
White et al.2017BorealCanadaNBRVariable
Yang et al.2017BorealNorht AmericaNDVI>10
Frazier et al.2018BorealCanadaNBRVariable
Hislop et al.2018SclerophyllSE AustraliaNBR8 to 10