Since several years ago, satellites have been used to detect fires. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) sensor onboard NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites has been used to scan the Earth’s surface for fires on a daily basis for almost 15 years.
Satellite data are used for mapping current forest fires, burned areas, damage, emissions, soil erosion, vegetation regeneration and for predicting the likelihood of forest fires. This information supports reconstruction, mitigation, preparedness, and disaster response.
The Algerian Space Agency (ASAL), Regional Support Office of UN-SPIDER, has monitored the forest fires occurred during July thanks to its satellite Alsat-2A. It has helped to evaluate the impact over the affected region.
The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), UN-SPIDER’s Regional Support Office (RSO), has developed a programme in order to prevent and manage forest fires through the SERVIR-Himalaya Small Grants Programme, and in conjunction with the South Asian Forum for Environment (SAFE).
La Red Latinoamericana de Teledeteccion e Incendios Forestales (RedLaTIF) is a Latin American network that aims to coordinate and unite forest fires observation and management efforts in Latin America. This regional network workw together with the Global Observations of Forest and Land Cover Dynamics (GOFC/GOLD) network. Read more
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The Korea Forest Service will join forces with Gangwon province to hold the 6th International Wildland Fire Conference in Oct, 2015, in Pyeongchang, Korea, in an effort to exchange views on wildland fire related international issues.