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.
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Department of Geography, 2181 Le Frak Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742
NOAA/NESDIS, Camp Springs, MD 20746
Science Systems and Applications, Inc., MD 20706
Space Science and Engineering Center, CIMSS/University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Code 614.5, MD 20771
October 1, 2008
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