Forest fires in California: infrared images of the US Pacific coast

Credit: DLR (CC-BY 3.0).

Over the course of several days, the TET-1 (Technology Experiment Carrier) satellite operated by DLR observed the development of a large seat of fire near the town of Ventura, north of Los Angeles. The largest contiguous area of fire that emitted a radiation energy of 18 megawatts was recorded on 10 December. From the image taken on 15 December scientists were able to calculate a radiation energy of 11 megawatts for individual areas. Together with the BIROS satellite, TET-1 is part of DLR’s FireBIRD mission, which detects high-temperature events, such as forest fires, from space.

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