A Look Inside CWI's Online Fire Monitoring Service


A new article out of the organization reports, "In cooperation with European research partners, researchers of the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam have developed the technical infrastructure of an online fire monitoring service. The application is developed for the detection of forest fires and is available now for expert users. The European research project called TELEIOS, was funded by the European Union and lasted from 2010 to 2013."


The article continues, "In a real-time interpretation the online fire monitoring service combines  satellite images with geographical data such as vegetation, land-coverage, cadastral information and environmental data. The application is in use by the Natural Observatory in Athens and has already rendered services to the Greek army, fire brigade and Civil Protection Agency to optimize their efforts and processes in fighting forest fires. The service also calculates scenarios how fires can develop. In addition, the researchers also fully automated a burnt scar mapping service which shows over a long period which areas have been burned in the past, to what extent and what the impact has been on the environment. The analysis took place using archived data of a period of 30 years from 1984 until 2012."


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