Ep #27: Tracking Wildfires from Space

Satellites are critical for tracking fire locations, extent and progression. Many Earth looking satellites are in the fleet to support this effort, and in particular NASA’s Suomi NPP satellite

Published by Tony Darnell on 5th Sep, 2016

Summer in hot dry climates such as in the U.S. western states often provides the perfect conditions for wildfires such as hot temperatures, low humidity and wind. In addition, lightning strikes and careless people can spark fires as well.

Satellites are critical for tracking fire locations, extent and progression. Many Earth looking satellites are in the fleet to support this effort, and in particular NASA’s Suomi NPP satellite (National Polar Orbiting Partnership satellite).

Links
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/index.html
http://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/goddard/2016/californias-cedar-fire-continues-to-threaten-outlying-communities

Fires in Idaho and Wyoming
http://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/goddard/2016/fires-in-idaho-and-wyoming

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