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Title: Active fires in the Global Wildfire Information System (version 2-3-1)


This dataset series refers to the information on active fire detection provided by the Global Wildfire Information System (GWIS). ▷How to cite: see below◁  

Active fires are located on the basis of the so-called thermal anomalies produced by them. The algorithms compare the temperature of a potential fire with the temperature of the land cover around it; if the difference in temperature is above a given threshold, the potential fire is confirmed as an active fire or "hot spot". The mapping of active fires is performed to provide a synoptic view of current fires at the global scale. Information on active fires is normally updated 6 times daily and made available in EFFIS within 2-3 hours of the acquisition of the MODIS/VIIRS images. When interpreting the hotspots displayed in the map, the following must be considered. 1. Hotspot location on the map is only accurate within the spatial accuracy of the sensor. 2. Some fires may be small or obscured by smoke or cloud and remain ...

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Last modified 2018-01-07
Issue date 2018-09-28
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From: 2017-01-01

Language English
Data theme(s) Environment
EuroVoc concept(s) fire; natural hazard; scientific research
Geographic information
Active fires information is based on the MODIS sensor, and the VIIRS (Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite). GWIS uses the active fire detection provided by the NASA FIRMS (Fire Information for Resource Management System). The MODIS sensor, on board of the TERRA and ACQUA ...
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90.0° N, 180.0° E, -90.0° S, -180.0° W

Coordinate Reference System WGS 84

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