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Application of Satellite Remote Sensing Data for Fire & Smoke Monitoring

2nd International Smoke Symposium
Long Beach, CA
Date Range: 
Monday, November 14, 2016
8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Wildland fires present a number of critical issues, including loss of human life and property and increased in air pollution. Professionals can use satellite remote sensing data to track active fires, monitor resulting smoke, forecast air quality, and map post-burn severity. NASA’s Applied Remote Sensing Training Program (ARSET) will offer a day long workshop focusing on satellite data applications for fire and smoke detection and monitoring.

The training was a pre-conference event for the 2nd International Smoke Symposium, presented by the International Association of Wildland Fire in conjunction with the National Wildfire Coordinating Group Smoke Committee. The workshop detailed the applications of NASA resources to decision-making activities for: 

  • air quality forecasting
  • smoke, fire, and PM2.5 monitoring
  • image interpretation
  • data access for inclusion in modeling efforts

The training provided practitioners in wildland fire, smoke management, public health, and air quality management with tools to incorporate satellite remote sensing into their decision-making process. 

Course Objective: 
  • Introduce NASA remote sensing data
  • Provide demonstrations and hands-on exercises on accessing NASA data using online and offline tools
  • Provide examples of how to apply NASA data for various fire and smoke applications
Course Format: 
  • One day workshop
    • November 14, 2016,  8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • A combination of presentations, demonstrations, and hands-on activities

National and international entities involved in air quality and wildfire management. Professionals interested in implementing satellite capabilities for decision support activities.

Registration Information: 
  • The materials from this training are available below for free. 
Course Agenda: 
Morning Session

8:30 - 8:45: Introduction and Logistics

8:45 - 8:50: ARSET Program Overview

8:50 - 9:30: Satellite Capabilities for Air Quality Monitoring: An Overview
Fundamentals of remote sensing, current air quality capabilities, air quality applications, and future air quality capabilities. 

9:30 - 10:15: Satellite Imagery Access, Interpretation, and Tools for Dust, Smoke, and Pollution
Basics of red-blue-green imagery, a demonstration of Earth Observatory, and a Worldview exercise to access near real-time RGB imagery. 

10:15 - 10:30: Break

10:30 - 12:00: Wildfire Satellites and Products
Satellite overview, including Landsat, MODIS, VIIRS, GOES; wildfire products and tools, including LANDFIRE, FIRMS, NOAA'S HMS, VIIRS Active Fire Mapper, and RECOVER; and an exercise on VIIRS Active Fire Mapper. 

12:00 - 12:30: Introduction to NASA's Applied Sciences' Wildfire Program, by Vince Ambrosia

12:30 - 1:30: Lunch Break

Afternoon Session

1:30 - 3:00: Satellite Aerosol Data for Smoke and Air Quality Monitoring
MODIS AODs, MISR plume heights, OMI AI, data access, and applications.

3:00 - 3:30: Application of Active Fires and Smoke Exercise
Combining datasets that identify wildfire locations and smoke plumes.

3:30 - 3:45: Break

3:45 - 5:00: Application of Satellite Aerosol Data for PM2.5 Estimations
Estimate PM2.5 mass concentration at surface level (μgm-3) while using satellite derived Aerosol Optical Depth (AOD) at visible wavelengths.

5:00 - 5:30: Discussion, Closing Remarks, and Survey


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