Validation analyses of an operational fire monitoring product: The Hazard Mapping System

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Vegetation fires are becoming increasingly important especially in regions where the proximity to urban areas can result in large populations being directly impacted by such events. During emergency situations, accurate fire location data becomes crucial to assess the affected areas as well as to track smoke plumes and delineate evacuation plans. In this study, the performance of the NOAA/NESDIS Hazard Mapping System (HMS) is evaluated. The system combines automated and analyst-made fire detections to monitor fires across the conterminous United States. Using 30-m-spatial-resolution ASTER imagery as the main instantaneous validation data, commission and omission error estimates are reported for a subset of HMS automated and analyst-based fire pixels derived from the Terra MODIS and GOES data.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Geography, 2181 Le Frak Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742 2: NOAA/NESDIS, Camp Springs, MD 20746 3: Science Systems and Applications, Inc., MD 20706 4: Space Science and Engineering Center, CIMSS/University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706 5: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Code 614.5, MD 20771

Publication date: October 1, 2008

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