Idaho State University, NASA develop a tool to map wildfires

Idaho State University, NASA develop a tool to map wildfires

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US: Researchers at the Idaho State University (ISU) GIS Training and Research Centre have developed a GIS-based tool to map wildfires. The project is called ‘Rehabilitation Capability Convergence for Ecosystem Recovery’ (RECOVER). NASA”s Applied Sciences Program and the NASA”s High-end Computing Program have provided the initial funding of nearly $180,000 for the project.

A screenshot of the Charlotte Fire test site that displays the type of information that can now be readily available to wildfire fighters.RECOVER puts all the necessary information in a single application in the form of multi-layered GIS maps. These GIS maps of fire areas are based on satellite imagery of the burned or burning areas provided by NASA and other sources. Once the centre receives the imagery with the parametres of the fire, it can be processed within few hours. This helps the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) teams to plan strategies and monitor ecosystem recovery in the aftermath of wildfires. “We”re using a variety of advanced cloud computing, web services, and data grid technologies to dramatically improve the decision-making activities associated with fighting wildfires,” said John Schnase, at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Although the programme is still being tested, wildfire managers have used it successfully to map wildfires in Idaho, including the infamous Pony and Elk Creek Complex Wildfire.

Source: ISU Headlines