Satellite data are used for mapping current forest fires, burned areas, damage, emissions, soil erosion, vegetation regeneration and for predicting the likelihood of forest fires. This information supports reconstruction, mitigation, preparedness, and disaster response.
The Algerian Space Agency (ASAL), Regional Support Office of UN-SPIDER, has monitored the forest fires occurred during July thanks to its satellite Alsat-2A. It has helped to evaluate the impact over the affected region.
The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), UN-SPIDER’s Regional Support Office (RSO), has developed a programme in order to prevent and manage forest fires through the SERVIR-Himalaya Small Grants Programme, and in conjunction with the South Asian Forum for Environment (SAFE).
La Red Latinoamericana de Teledeteccion e Incendios Forestales (RedLaTIF) is a Latin American network that aims to coordinate and unite forest fires observation and management efforts in Latin America. This regional network workw together with the Global Observations of Forest and Land Cover Dynamics (GOFC/GOLD) network. Read more
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The Korea Forest Service will join forces with Gangwon province to hold the 6th International Wildland Fire Conference in Oct, 2015, in Pyeongchang, Korea, in an effort to exchange views on wildland fire related international issues.
The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated on 13 August 2012 to provide satellite imagery for the forest fires that have been ravaging the north of Algeria since June. They are a result of hotter than average summer heat waves that have been reported to reach as high as 50 degrees . Three people have been reported killed in the fires, two of which were a firefighter and forest worker attempting to put out a blaze.
Researchers are working to identify exactly how a changing climate will impact specific elements of weather, such as clouds, rainfall, and lightning. A Tel Aviv University researcher has predicted that for every one degree of warming, there will be approximately a 10 percent increase in lightning activity.