"Satellite photos and data are important in assisting teams on
the ground predict, spot, and observe fire outbreaks. That role,
however, is now even bigger thanks to a new software program that
turns around fire assessments more quickly and accurately.
"The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
developed the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite
(GOES) and Polar-Orbiting Environmental Satellite (POES) systems
over several years. The most recent addition to the program is the
Wildfire Automated Biomass Burning Algorithm (WFABBA) created by
NOAA at the University of Wisconsin Space Science and Engineering
Center in Madison, Wis...
"The WFABBA software was developed by the University of
Wisconsin to run on portable Linux personal computers..."