wildfire mapping

Fire and embers glow orange on the floor of a conifer forest at twilight.

Mapping Wildfire Movement

Caitlin Dempsey

The Fire Events Data Suite is being used to map near real-time wildfire behavior including fire perimeters, active front, and total burned areas.

Debris Flow in Cable Canyon following the 2003 Old Fire in the San Bernardino Mountains, California. Photo: USGS, public domain.

Climate Change is Increasing Post-Wildfire Landslides in Southern California

Caitlin Dempsey

A recently published study has forecasted that climate change is driving increased wildfire and landslide risk in Southern California.

Google has added near real-time wildfire boundaries to its maps.

Google Adds Near Real-time Wildfire Boundaries to Search and Maps

Caitlin Dempsey

Google pulls data from NOAA's GOES satellites to map out wildfire boundaries.

Total burned area in 2019 compared to the 2001-2018 average in South America. From: Lizundia-Loiola, J., Pettinari, M.L., & Chuvieco, E. (2020). Temporal Anomalies in Burned Area via ESA.

2019 Was a Tumultuous Fire Season in the Amazon

Elizabeth Borneman

Scientists and researchers have pieced together the many impacts the 2019 Amazon fire season had on that region and the world as a whole.

Mapping Australia’s Bushfires

Mark Altaweel

Tools based on near-real time data from satellites, such as those used by Australia or developed by NASA, have great utility in monitoring existing fires while giving the public near real-time monitoring.

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