Fire Science: Imaging
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PSW is developing new technology to monitor the progress
and intensity of major wildland fires and their impacts on the environment.
Remote sensing instruments now used in fire operations are nationally
deployed-and thus may not be readily available to a given incident-or
lack the dynamic range necessary to measure the very bright infrared light
emitted from major wildfires. New technology is needed to measure the
intensity and dynamics of fire fronts-properties that affect the rate
of fire spread, smoke production, and forest damage-and make fire information
readily and widely available.
PSW is now flying the FireMapper thermal-imaging radiometer to map and
monitor major wildfires in partnership with the Forest Service's Pacific
Southwest Region. Based on modern night-vision technology, the FireMapper
is designed to accurately map fire intensity and provide fire intelligence
to improve firefighter safety, make fire fighting more effective, and
reduce wildfire damage to natural resources and society. imaging with
the FireMapper system is also being tested for use in burned area rehabilitation.
FireMapper has been developed through a Research Joint Venture with Space
Instruments, Inc., and support from the National Fire Plan, Forest Service
International Programs, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S.
Agency for International Development. FireMapper and associated mapping
cameras are deployed aboard the PSW Airborne Sciences Aircraft, N70Z,
which is a twin engine Piper Navajo.
For Further Information:
Please contact Dr. Philip J. Riggan at this link.