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Fire Science

Wildfire Monitoring and Prediction
Fire Imaging

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Pines Fire, San Diego County
10 August 2002

As viewed by the FireMapper™ Thermal-Imaging Radiometer

Images were collected from the PSW Airborne Sciences Aircraft and disseminated in part by satellite communications in near-real time. FireMapper measures the radiance of emitted thermal-infrared light, which readily penetrates smoke. False-color images shown here depict the apparent surface temperature (in Celsius) as estimated from radiance and a simple black-body model. Warmer tones represent recent or active combustion; areas of gray are cooling ash or warm bare ground. Low temperatures of unburned forest and cool ground are shown in green. Images have been geographically referenced. Vertical exaggeration in 3-d views is 1.5 to one unless otherwise noted.

Location Map

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Image 1:
Ground surface temperatures as viewed from above at 8.0 to 12.5 micrometres wavelength on 10 August 2002, between 3:30 and 4:30 pm.

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HOTSPOTS (indicated by blue arrows)
will be visible in RED in the larger image

Download the data from the 7 passes at full resolution,
in geo-tif format zip files from our ftp site!
(Teale Albers projection)

Pass 07
(the most southerly)
Pass 19
(the most northerly)
  "all-in-one" big mosaic (2 MB zip file)

After downloading a TIFF as a zip file, decompress it with WinZip (or your favorite ZIP utility) and the TIFF will be viewable in WangIMG or other graphics viewer. Included are the auxiliary files necessary for proper geo-referencing (if the viewer has that capability).


Archives of past fires: 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001

Forest mapping: 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001

FireMapper™ Specifications: Instrument

FireMapper™ References: Publications

FireMapper™ Tools- image analysis software: ftp downloads page

For Further Information: contact Dr. Philip J. Riggan


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, the Joint Fire Sciences Program, and the U.S. Agency for International Development.
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