Boschetti, International Team Create Portal to Assess Wildfire Risks in Individual Countries
March 24, 2021
Luigi Boschetti in the Department of Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences, and his colleagues have developed a new portal, within an international initiative called the Global Wildfire Information System that provides county-level, global multiyear fire activity statistics derived from NASA satellite data. The datasets distributed from the new “County Profiles” portal are designed to be used for Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change compliant fire activity reporting and emission inventories. From the new portal, users can access tables, maps and interactive charts that summarize the current and past fire activity for each country, such as the area burned, the fire seasonality, the number and size of fire events. It is the first global fire data portal specifically developed for policy support, so the researchers expect the datasets to be widely used in national fire assessments and to support wildfire management and risk reduction. The team, composed by Boschetti and Aaron Sparks at the University of Idaho and David Roy at Michigan State University, was funded by the NASA Applied Sciences Program.
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