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Space.com: New Software Helps Satellites Pinpoint Fires Earlier

Jun 28, 2002, 08:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Erik Baard)

[ Thanks to Kendall Sears for this link. ]

"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..."

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