ISU/NASA system helps fight wildfires

ISU/NASA system helps fight wildfires

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US: The latest GIS-based satellite imagery support system developed by Idaho State University and NASA has been tested successfully in fighting large blazes and planning fire recovery in Idaho. The system is soon to be used across the entire Western United States.

Keith Weber, the principal investigator on the project, said “We have data for Idaho now, but soon data will be available for the rest of the Western United States as we expand RECOVER’s scope."

Dubbed as recovery, the new system hardly takes five minutes to create a report that gives the Bureau of Land Management or wildfire managers the needed information to plan for wildfire recovery and mitigation. Now, in almost few minutes the entire information is made available to firemen on their mobile devices and to managers in remote locations.

Dr. Howard Grimes, ISU vice president for research and economic development said, “Using big data approaches to solving real problems is a new and critical direction for GIS researchers.”

Source: Idaho State Journal