Forest Fire

ESA Land Training 2021

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Forest Fires in Russia. Image: ESA.

The European Space Agency (ESA) is organising an Advanced Training Course on Land Remote Sensing with the focus on Earth Observation and Artificial Intelligence for Forestry. This course is dedicated to training the next generation of Earth Observation (EO) scientists and experts working in forestry domain to exploit data from EO missions (e.g. the Copernicus Sentinels) and use Artificial Intelligence (AI) for science and applications development.

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20/09/2021 to 24/09/2021

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Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering at the University of Ljubljana

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Ljubljana

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  • Slovenia

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European Space Agency (ESA)

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Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering at the University of Ljubljana, Ministry of Economic Development and Technology of the Republic of Slovenia, Tourist Board of the Republic of Slovenia

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ARSET - Satellite Observations and Tools for Fire Risk, Detection, and Analysis

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Fires in Southern California. Image: Nasa Earth Observatory.

Fires are a growing concern, especially in regions with longer fire seasons, expanded wildland/urban interfaces, and severe and frequent droughts. Anthropogenic fires are commonly used to clear grassland and agricultural land prior to the planting season, and forests are often cleared using fires so the land can be repurposed for other uses. Whether naturally-occurring or anthropogenic, fires produce a significant change in the structure and reflectance of vegetation and soil properties and atmospheric chemistry.

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11/05/2021

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NASA ARSET

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Latin American partners successfully complete virtual training course on forest fire management

Forest fires in the Amazon. Image: NASA Earth Observatory.

Recent advances in the implementation of open data policies such as those that facilitate access to satellite data and products of the Copernicus programme and the incorporation of cloud-based processing platforms such as Google Earth Engine are facilitating the use of Earth Observation to address challenges posed by natural hazards.

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Mon, 15/03/2021 - 14:00

ESA and CGI sign contract to improve wildfire risk management using EO and AI data

Logo of CGI. Image: CGI.

The European Space Agency (ESA) plans to improve its capabilities to track the effects of wildfires. For this purpose, ESA recently offered a contract to the IT and business consulting firm CGI in order to create a new mapping service for wildfires. This mapping service will blend Earth observation (EO) and Artificial intelligence (AI) data to improve wildfire risk management globally.

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Fri, 26/02/2021 - 09:45

Scientists are using radar data to decipher where and how well landscapes recover after major fires

Forest fires. Image: ESA

In recent years, the world witnessed many devastating wildfires with disastrous impacts on the environment as well as on its population. In the past satellite- and airplane-based radar instruments have been used to detect wildfires and observe their temporal progression and the damage caused. A new scientific project supported by the Earth Applied Sciences Disasters programme at NASA uses radar data for a new approach in order to decipher where and how well landscapes recover in the years after major fires.

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Fri, 12/02/2021 - 16:30

Virtual technical advisory support to Honduras

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Wed, 22/07/2020 to Tue, 22/12/2020

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UN-SPIDER held six webinars and discussion sessions with staff at the Forest Conservation Institute of the Ministry of Environment and staff at the national office of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in order to raise awareness of novel satellite technologies and products for monitoring forest fires. Participants took note of the UN-SPIDER recommended practice on burn severity mapping, the capacity of the Sentinel-5P satellite to monitor smoke dispersion in the atmosphere and a procedure developed in Colombia for assessing the susceptibility of vegetation to forest fires.

As a follow-up, UN-SPIDER will provide technical advisory support to the Forest Conservation Institute through the creation of a 20-year database of forest fires (2000–2020), the modelling of the susceptibility of vegetation to forest fires in two geographical areas identified by the Institute and dedicated training on the use of these novel applications.

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UN-SPIDER contributes to virtual training on the use of Google Earth Engine for forest fire management

In recent years, various regions of the world have been experiencing severe forest fires which, in some cases, are triggering major losses.

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Mon, 04/01/2021 - 10:13

UN-SPIDER Updates July 2020

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Mon, 03/08/2020
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UN-SPIDER and CEPREDENAC raise awareness about space-based products for monitoring 2020 forest fire season in Honduras

Screenshot of visualizing CO emissions from forest fires in Honduras using data from the Sentinel-5P satellite and Sentinel Hub EO Browser.

On 22 July 2020, UN-SPIDER and the Central American Coordination Centre for Natural Disaster Prevention (CEPREDENAC) joined forces to conduct a webinar on the use of novel space-based products and services to monitor forest fires that took place during the spring of 2020 in Honduras.

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Mon, 27/07/2020 - 17:43

UN-SPIDER conduct webinar on role of satellites for forest fire management

The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission captured the fires over Borneo on 13 September 2019. Image: contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2019), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO.

The head of the UN-SPIDER Bonn office and a visiting scientist from the Universidad Católica de Manizales conducted a webinar entitled “Introduction to Satellite Products and Services for the Management of Forest Fires” on 10 June. The aim of this webinar was to facilitate the use of space-based information for disaster management and emergency response, in particular to monitor and forecast forest fires.

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Mon, 08/06/2020 - 15:32

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