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USGS Fire Science: Fire Danger Monitoring and Forecasting

February 19, 2006

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has advanced the use of moderate-resolution satellite data in a decision support system for assessing national fire potential. Weekly updated digital images of the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI), based on data acquired at 1-kilometer (km) resolution (about 0.6 mi), have been used for the past 19 years as a means to assess live vegetation conditions for the purpose of rating fire danger. These images, produced and monitored through the growing season, portray the approximate time of greenup and senescence, as well as the relative amount and condition of growing plants.

Publication Year 2007
Title USGS Fire Science: Fire Danger Monitoring and Forecasting
DOI 10.3133/fs20053066
Authors Jeff Eidenshink
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Fact Sheet
Series Number 2005-3066
Index ID fs20053066
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center