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An interesting update from our friends at Digitalglobe:
DigitalGlobe and World Resources Institute (WRI) today launched Global Forest Watch Fires, an online platform for monitoring and responding to forest and land fires in Southeast Asia. It features near real-time satellite images from DigitalGlobe, fire alerts from NASA, an SMS (phone-texting) alert system and mapping of burn scars from Google Earth Engine.
DigitalGlobe’s high-resolution satellite imagery provides rare insights into the fires and is used to track the fires and prevent future burning. With 50 cm resolution, you can see down to the individual tree level and even identify species. The imagery is processed as color-infrared, enabling WRI to quickly distinguish between healthy and dead vegetation, draw burn area boundaries, and detect burn scars in order to assign accountability to the fires. The images will soon be launched on DigitalGlobe’s Tomnod crowdsourcing platform so users can review the satellite imagery and tag areas that have burned.
You can view the full blog post here for more information.