EST Presentation by Britta Merwin (Final)

EST Presentation by Britta Merwin (Final) - Technology and...

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Unformatted text preview: Technology and Wildfires How is Technology Applied to Wildfires ? 1. To study past fires in order to be more prepared for future fires and to improve fire preventions, this is done by:- Analyzing the pre-existing conditions- Documenting the evolution of the fire- Recording the damage- And monitoring the ecosystems recovery How is Technology Applied to Wildfires ? 2. To identify fire prone areas to help prevent wildfires or lower the chance of a fire outbreak 3. Locate remote fires that may need to be controlled or extinguished Types of Technologies: 1. Satellite imagery and archived images from NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) 2. Software that allows for the close analysis of images from satellites and ground data; for wildfires specifically:- FPI (Fire Potential Index)- NDVI (Normalized Vegetation Index) Erdas Remote Sensing Technology:- Erdas is a software that allows the user to import satellite images from NOAA and perform specific analysis- The software identifies the different wavelengths of radiation recorded by satellite images and then implements mathematical and computer models for further analysis Erdas Case Study: The Summer of Fire The following research gives an analysis of the Yellowstone National Park fires of 1988. Using Erdas Software and NOAA satellite imagery three figures were produced to visually demonstrate the natural disaster and provide evidence of the fires impact on the ecosystem and firefighting protocol. Summer of Fire Erdas Analysis: Step 1- Raw satellite images were downloaded from NOAA- The two raw images were chosen exactly 1 year apart: September 30, 1987 and September 30, 1988 to give a good representation of the park before and after the fires- The selection of these images required careful consideration and resulted in many trails to determine the best image Summer of Fire Erdas Analysis: Step 1 Important Factors in Image Selection:...
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This note was uploaded on 03/16/2010 for the course EST 330 taught by Professor Paulsiegel during the Fall '09 term at SUNY Stony Brook.

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