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Introduction to Remote Sensing for Wildfire Applications

OLI Landsat8 false color image of Funny River Fire, Alaska, 2014

This webinar series provides a basic overview of remote sensing, tools for accessing and visualizing relevant NASA Earth science data, and case study applications for utilizing tools for pre- and post-burn wildfire conditions. 

Learning Objectives: 

Attendees will be able to:

  • Access and visualize NASA data for wildfire applications
Course Format: 
  • Five, one-hour sessions 
  • Introductory Webinar - no remote sensing experience required

No remote sensing experience required. 


This course is intended for land managers at the local, state and federal level, NGOs, international management agencies and private sector organizations. 

Registration Information: 

This webinar is free, but you must register for each session before viewing the recording. 

Session One: Overview of Remote Sensing

An overview of the NASA Applied Science Program and ARSET, an outline of the course, overview of global wildfire issues, how remote sensing is used for wildfires, advantages and disadvantages of remote sensing and the fundamentalos of remote sensing (spatial, temporal, spectral resolution). View the recording »

Session Two: Satellite Sensors & Data Products for Wildfire Applications

An overview of satellite data processing levels, satellites and sensors for wildfire applications (Landsat, MODIS, MERRA, SMAP), satellite data products and tools for data access for national and global wildfire applications (LANDFIRE, FIRMS, global fire maps, Worldview), and a demonstration of FIRMS MODIS active fires. View the recording »

Session Three: Remote Sensing Products for Pre- and Post-Fire Wildfire Planning & Assessment

An overview of remote sensing indices (NDVI, NBR), post-fire planning (BAER), and a demonstration of the RECOVER Decision Support System, featuring guest speaker Keith Weber, Idaho State University. View the recording »

Session Four: New Techniques and Technologies

An overview of UAS and aircraft systems, featuring guest speaker Dale Hamilton (Northwest Nazarene University), and an overview of SMAP. View the recording »

Session Five: Terrain Data and Applications

An overview of data access, tools, and recent terrain data releases, featuring guest speakers Lindsey Harriman and Kelly Lemig (Land Processes Distributive Active Archive Center - LP DAAC). View the recording »

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