Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Geospatial Analysis class assists with Australia fire spotting

Geospatial Analysis students had the opportunity to put their skills to work by helping spot wildfires in New South Wales, Australia. Using the Tomnod organization, they are scanning satellite views and “tagging” what they believe to be fires or burned buildings. A worldwide team of GIS specialists are enlisted for campaigns like this to help monitor disasters.  In a class block, Laura Estabrooks and her 7 students tagged over 1300 active fires or burned buildings in fire damaged areas. 
Pointing out a fire. Note the False-Color infrared imagery, where healthy vegetation appears red.

Checking for fire damage in populated areas

Students observe sightings of fires. 

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