Forest Fire Analysis with Sentinel-2 Satellites: The Case of 2018 Greece Mati

Bitek D., Ocakbaşı E., Erenoğlu R. C.

The 6th International Symposium on Natural Hazards and Disaster Management (ISHAD2022), Bursa, Turkey, 21 - 23 October 2022, pp.100-107

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Bursa
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.100-107
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: Yes


Due to the damage they cause to the environment, forest fires have an important place among the disasters that occur in the world. In recent years, forest fires have increased in frequency, size and intensity, especially in Mediterranean countries. Preventive measures should be taken and risk reduction activities should be implemented sensitively so that natural or man-made risks do not turn into a disaster. Especially after a disaster, the implementation of evacuation plans of cities, when necessary, is of great importance in this context. One of these forest fires in 2018 is the forest fires that started on July 23 in the eastern and western parts of Athens, the capital of Greece. The forest fire in the favorite holiday resort of Mati, located within the borders of the Attica region, east of the capital Athens, was examined within the scope of this study. The forest fires that took place in the said regions were effective in a very large area and the fires in these regions caused the death of 103 people and the destruction of approximately 4,000 houses, including thousands of vehicles. In the study, data processing and evaluation using Sentinel-2 satellite images within the Copernicus program of the European Space Agency (ESA), SNAP software, an open source software developed by ESA, and QGIS program were used for subsequent statistical calculations. As a result of the study, it was determined how much of an area was burned with the help of Sentinel-2 satellites and a study was carried out on the mapping of the affected areas. In addition, the relationship between disaster risk reduction activities and disaster risk reduction activities has been examined.