New-generation GOES-R and JPSS satellite products offer improved capabilities for detecting and monitoring wildland fires in the Western US and similar geographic regions. In the case of the northern California Kincade fire of October 2019, satellite monitoring capabilities provided useful tactical information to meteorologists who were working with fire agencies, emergency managers and first responders throughout the life of the fire. Combined with the knowledge on the ground and the tireless work of individuals who were battling the blaze, many people were effectively removed from danger and the impacts of this fire were less significant than they could have been had it not been effectively monitored using an array of tools, including satellite.
In this lesson you'll look closely at two significant points in the life of the Kincade fire. You will apply multiple satellite products that can be useful when monitoring the conditions involving a potentially rapidly spreading fire. To identify how and when satellite information can be most effective, you’ll compare different products that can aid meteorologists in identifying fire starts and rapid spread associated with high winds and low relative humidity in the difficult terrain of California.
Identify the strengths and weaknesses of new-generation (GOES-R and JPSS) satellite products regarding detection and monitoring of Western US wildfires.
Explain how JPSS satellite products compare with and complement what is available from GOES-R (GOES-East and GOES-West) satellites.
Interpret products provided by geostationary (GOES) and polar-orbiting (JPSS) satellites for major phases of a fire.
Synthesize satellite-based fire intelligence from new-generation satellite products.
Evaluate communication regarding fire intelligence for IDSS partners.
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