NASA: Advanced Webinar: Techniques for Wildfire Detection and Monitoring

This is event is available for participation on an ongoing basis

NASA's Applied Remote Sensing Training Department is offering a new webinar on wildfire detection on July 19th, 2018 from 18:00-20:00 EDT (UTC-4). Following the event the webinar will be available as a recording. 

In light of increasing drought and wild fire frequencies, the first session describes key aspects of satellite based wildfire monitoring and introduces a new QGIS plugin: "QGIS Fire Mapping Tool (FMT)". The second session gives an overview of the Global Wildfire Information System (GWIS) and demonstrates how to use the GWIS viewer.  







Registration Deadline: 

Thu, 19/07/2018

Event Organisers: 

NASA Applied Remote Sensing Training Department 

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Publishing Date: 

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