Wildland Fire Detection using Satellite Imagery
John Weaver, Dan Bikos, Dan Lindsey, Dan Leszcynski
This is a basic session.
- To review the fire weather forecast
- Requirements of the fire weather forecasts, watches and warnings
- Tools for performing the job
- Unique aspects of the red flag warning
- To learn new techniques for wildland fire detection
- Observation and reporting by spotters / public
- Value added to wildland fire detection using satellite image data - especially RSO
- To work through case studies of wildland fire detection using GOES satellite imagery
This is a basic course. There are no prerequisites.
Training Session Options
NOAA/NWS students - to begin the training, use the web-based video, YouTube video, or audio playback options below (if present for this session). Certificates of completion for NOAA/NWS employees can be obtained by accessing the session via the Commerce Learn Center
- Web-based video that can be taken at anytime (streamed, not recommended for low-bandwidth users). Be sure to have your speakers on and the volume loud enough to hear the presentation. Also be sure that you are using a flash enabled browser.
Audio playback (recommended for low-bandwidth users) - This is an audio playback version in the form of a downloadable VISITview and can be taken at anytime.
Create a directory to download the audio playback file (86 MB) from the following link: http://rammb.cira.colostate.edu/training/visit/training_sessions/wildland_fire_detection_using_satellite_imagery/wildland_fire_detection_using_satellite_imagery_audio.exe
After extracting the files into that directory click on either the visitplay.bat or visitauto.bat file to start the lesson. If both files are present, use visitauto.bat
- Talking points are available for this lesson and may be printed out to easily review the session in detail at any time.
- COMET Fire Weather Modules at MedEd
- Wildfire ABBA Fire Product
- SPC Fire Weather Forecasts
- National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC)
- US Drought Monitor
- SSD Hazard Mapping System
- NESDIS Fire Products
- Firestorm Inducted Tornado page (video mentioned during teletraining session)
- Bailey, A.W., and M.L. Anderson, 1980: Fire temperatures in grass, shrub and aspen communities in central Alberta. Journal of Range Management, 33, 37-40.
- Dozier, J., 1981: A method for satellite identification of surface temperature fields of sub-pixel resolution. Remote Sensing of Environment, 11, 221 - 229.
- Flannigan, M.D., and T.H. Vonder Haar, 1986: Forest fire monitoring using NOAA satellite AVHRR. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 16, 975 - 982.
- Hufford, G.L., et. al., 1999: Detection and growth of an Alaskan forest fire using GOES-9 3.9um imagery. Int. J. Wildland Fire, 9(2), 129-136.
- Prins, E. M., and W. P. Menzel, 1992: Geostationary satellite detection of biomass burning in South America, Int. J. Remote Sensing, 13, 2783-2799.
- Weaver, J.F., J.F.W. Purdom, and T.L. Schneider, 1995: Observing forest fires with the GOES-8, 3.9 Ám imaging channel. Wea. Forecasting, 10, 803-808.
- Developed: 2003
- Dan Bikos (970) 491-3777