USDA Forest Service

Pacific Southwest Research Station
Pacific Southwest
Research Station

800 Buchanan Street
Albany, CA 94710-0011
(510) 883-8830
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Research Topics

Fire Science: Imaging

^ Main Topic | CRAFT | Imaging | Forecasting Fire Weather | Managing Fire and Fuels | Masticated Fuel | Social Aspects of Fire

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.

Monitoring Images:

Current Images

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For Further Information:

Please contact Dr. Philip J. Riggan at this link.

Last Modified: Feb 25, 2011 04:14:13 PM