U.S. firefighters battling wildfires this year will get a clearer view of these threats with new NASA-funded satellite-based tools to better detect fires nationwide and predict their behavior.
The new fire detection tool now in operation at the U.S. Forest Service uses data from the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) satellite to detect smaller fires in more detail than previous space-based products. The high-resolution data have been used with a cutting-edge computer model to predict how a fire will change direction based on weather and land conditions.
This tool is another example of the high-value benefits from cooperative efforts between NASA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Read more about the program here.