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Satellite Observations of Forest Fires from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Abstract: At its Satellite Communications Facility, the Johns Hopkins University
Applied Physics Laboratory receives daily data from the AVHRR
instrument onboard the NOAA polar orbiting satellites.

The JHU/APL Ocean Remote Sensing Group rapidly processes the data into
images. Fire-detection software was used to detect fire occurrence.
Images are available as both single-channel images and multi-channel
composite images. In places were fire occurred, images of smoke
plumes and fire scars are also available.

[This information was derived from the website of the Ocean Remote
Sensing Group at JHU/APL.]
Related URL
Description: Satellite Images of Forest Fires webpage at JHU/APL Ocean Remote Sensing Group
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 52.0   S: 30.0   E: -103.0   W: -126.0
  N: 52.0   S: 43.0   E: -91.0   W: -104.0
  N: 35.0   S: 30.0   E: -80.0   W: -86.0

Data Set Citation
Version: Not provided
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1996-08-18
Stop Date: 1996-11-12
Quality An attempt is made to geographically register the data but this may be
off at times.
Use Constraints These images are not intended as a working fire detection resource;
they are made available only as interesting observations that anybody
could make from the publicly available AVHRR data.
Ancillary Keywords
Data Center
Ocean Remote Sensing Group, Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University Supplemental Info
Data Center URL:

Data Center Personnel
Email: sterner at
Contact Address:
Applied Physics Laboratory
The Johns Hopkins University
11100 Johns Hopkins Road
City: Laurel
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20723-6099
Country: USA
Distribution Media: WWW
Email: gsfc-gcmduso at
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 1970-01-01
Last DIF Revision Date: 2018-07-30