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NESDIS Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Program

The Satellite Services Division of NESDIS/NOAA created an interactive Web-based GIS used to display satellite data of fire detects in near-real time. It converts the data to a format compatible with ArcIMS and creates a steady flow of the data to the Web Server. The Web Server updates the data being displayed on the internet by deleting the old data and displaying new data. The analyzed fires and smoke layer are update primarily between the hours of 1 pm and 11 pm Eastern time, with occasional updates during the rest of the day. The automated layers are updated twenty-four hours a day as new satellite imagery is received. The product covers the continental United States, Alaska and Hawaii.

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    Distributor DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
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    Originator
    • Department of Commerce (DOC), National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS), Office of Satellite Data Processing and Distribution (OSPDP), Satellite Services Division (SSD), Fire Detection Program
    Publisher
    • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/OSDPD > Office of Satellite Data Processing and Distribution, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
    Date(s)
    • publication: 2002-01-01
    Data Presentation Form: VECTOR DIGITAL DATA, MAP
    Dataset Progress Status Under development
    Data Update Frequency: Continual
    Supplemental Information: Changed to NESDIS Products record set and changed owner from ADMINtemp to Anna Milan. Email sent to Anna.Keh 1/26/07
    Purpose: The Hazard Mapping System is an interactive processing system that allows the trained satellite analysts within the Satellite Services Division (SSD) to manually integrate data from various automated fire detection algorithms with GOES and polar (Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR), and Moderate Resolution Imaging spectroradiometer Fire Algorithm (MODIS) images. Theresult is a quality controlled display of the locations of fires and significant smoke plumes detected by meteorological satellites.
    Use Limitations
    • The information on fire position should be used as a general guidance and for strategic planning. Tactical decisions, such as the activation of a response to fight these fires, should not be made without other information to corroborate the fire's existence and location.This server and data are not considered "operational". We do not guarantee availabilityor timely delivery of data and the server should not be used to support operationalobservation, forecasting, emergency, or disaster mitigation operations, either public orprivate.
    Time Period: 2002-01-01  to  Present
    Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates:
    N: 60
    S: 5
    E: -65
    W: -165
    Spatial Coverage Map:
    Themes
    • Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Program
    • HMS Fire and Smoke Product
    • ABBA
    • Automated Biomass Burning Algorithm
    • WF-ABBA
    • Wildfire Automated Biomass Burning Algorithm
    • FIMMA
    • Fire Identification Mapping and Monitoring Algorithm
    • MODIS
    • Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer Fire Algorithm
    • GOES weather satellite
    • AVHRR instrument
    Places
    • United States
    • Continental United States
    • Alaska
    • Hawaii
    Use Constraints
    • Use Constraints: The information on fire position should be used as a general guidance and for strategic planning. Tactical decisions, such as the activation of a response to fight these fires, should not be made without other information to corroborate the fire's existence and location. Users should note:1) Fires from the automatic detection algorithms outside the US may be included in some of the images, BUT they have not been quality controlled. Only the fires within the US have been scrutinized by the analysts.2) The HMS product for any given day is created and updated by a satellite analyst between 1pm and 11pm Eastern time. After 11pm, the analysis is fine-tuned as time permits. The final product for the previous day is "completed" for the archive at the beginning of the next day's fire shift.3) The fire sizes depicted in the product are primarily determined by the field of view of the satellite instrument, or the resolution of the analysis tool. They should not be used toestimate specific fire perimeters.
    Access Constraints
    • Access Constraints: None
    Fees
    • None
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    Processor
    • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
    Processing Steps
    • The Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Program is an interactive processing system that allows the trained satellite analysts within the Satellite Services Division (SSD) to manually integrate data from various automated fire detection algorithms with GOES and polar (AdvancedVery High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR), and Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer Fire Algorithm (MODIS) images. The result is a quality controlled display of the locations of fires and significant smoke plumes detected by meteorological satellites.The Analyzed Fires from Satellites is the Hazard Mapping System (HMS) fire and smoke product, made by a satellite analyst who quality checks the fire positions (red) and annotates visible smoke (gray). The analysts' shift runs from about 1-11pm EST/EDT. The first thing the analyst does isupdate the analysis for the previous day, to ensure it includes all fires detected for that calendar day. Then work begins on the current day's analysis, which will be updated periodically throughout the shift.
    • Metadata record moved to NESDIS Products record set and the owner has been changed from ADMINTemp to Anna Milan

    Metadata Last Modified: 2011-09-28

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