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

For­est fires in Cal­i­for­nia: in­frared im­ages of the US Pa­cif­ic coast
Credit: DLR (CC-BY 3.0)

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

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.

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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