About FIRMS

FIRMS was developed to provide near real-time active fire locations to natural resource managers that faced challenges obtaining timely satellite-derived fire information.

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  • Background

    Background

    FIRMS was developed by the University of Maryland, with funds from NASA’s Applied Sciences Program and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, to provide near real-time active fire locations to natural resource managers that faced challenges obtaining timely satellite-derived fire information.

    An operational version of FIRMS, known as the Global Fire Information Management System (GFIMS) is running at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN FAO) where it complements the FAO’s existing suite of projects that deliver near-real time information to ongoing monitoring and emergency projects, to other UN organizations as well as providing information to the general public.

    For more information on the MODIS fire products, visit the MODIS Active Fire and Burned Area products website.

    Publications

    Publications

    VIIRS 375 m Active Fire Algorithm User Guide

    MODIS Collection 6 Active Fire Product User's Guide, Revision A (Updated 18 March 2015)

    MODIS Collection 5 Active Fire Product User’s Guide, v2.5 (Updated 31 March 2013)

    The publications listed below describe FIRMS, the MODIS Active Fire and Burned Area Products and explore the level of accuracy of the products.

    Read about how near real-time MODIS fire detections are used in the NASA Sensing Our Planet publication, Orbiting Watchtowers.

    FIRMS, Active Fire and Burned Area

    Giglio L., Schroeder, W., Justice, C.O. (2016). The collection 6 MODIS active fire detection algorithm and fire products. Remote Sensing of Environment, 178, 31-41. PDF

    Schroeder, W., Oliva, P., Giglio, L., & Csiszar, I. A. (2014). The New VIIRS 375m active fire detection data product: algorithm description and initial assessment. Remote Sensing of Environment, 143, 85-96. doi:10.1016/j.rse.2013.12.008 PDF

    Justice, C. O., L. Giglio, et al. 2011. MODIS-Derived Global Fire Products. Land Remote Sensing and Global Environmental Change. B. Ramachandran, C. O. Justice and M. J. Abrams, Springer New York. 11: 661-679. doi:10.1007/978-1-4419-6749-7_29.

    Davies, D.K., Ilavajhala, S., Wong, M.M. and Justice, C.O. 2009. Fire Information for Resource Management System: Archiving and Distributing MODIS Active Fire Data. IEEE Transactions on Geoscienceand Remote Sensing 47 (1):72-79. doi:10.1109/TGRS.2008.2002076.

    Schroeder, W., Prins, E., Giglio, L., Csiszar, I., Schimdt, C., Morisette, J. and Morton, D. 2008. Validation of GOES and MODIS active fire detection products using ASTER and ETM+ data. Remote Sensing of Environment 112 (2008) 2711-2726. doi:10.1016/j.rse.2008.01.005.

    Csiszar, I., Morisette, J. and Giglio, L. 2006. Validation of active fire detection from moderate resolution satellite sensors: the MODIS example in Northern Eurasia. IEEE Transactions on Geoscienceand Remote Sensing 44 (7): 1757-1764. doi:10.1109/TGRS.2006.875941.

    Giglio, L., van derWerf, G. R., Randerson, J. T., Collatz, G. J., and Kasibhatla, P. 2006. Global estimation of burned area using MODIS active fire observations. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 6:957-974. doi:10.5194/acp-6-957-2006.

    Wooster, M. J., G. Roberts, G. L. W. Perry, and Y. J. Kaufman. 2005. Retrieval of biomass combustion rates and totals from fire radiative power observations: FRP derivation and calibration relationships between biomass consumption and fire radiative energy release. Journal of Geophysical Research 110, D24311. doi:10.1029/2005JD006318.

    Morisette, J. T., Giglio, L., Csiszar, I., Setzer, A., Schroeder, W., Morton, D., and Justice, C. O. 2005. Validation of MODIS active fire detection products derived from two algorithms. Earth Interactions 9(9):1-25. doi: 10.1175/EI141.1.

    Morisette, J. T., Giglio, L., Csiszar, I., and Justice, C. O. 2005. Validation of the MODIS Active fire product over Southern Africa with ASTER data. International Journal of Remote Sensing 26:4239-4264. doi:10.1080/01431160500113526.

    Wooster, M. J., B. Zhukov, and D. Oertel. 2003. Fire radiative energy for quantitative study of biomass burning: Derivation from the BIRD experimental satellite and comparison to MODIS fire products. Remote Sensing of Environment 86.1: 83-107. doi:10.1016/S0034-4257(03)00070-1. Download article

    Giglio, L., Descloitres, J., Justice, C. O. and Kaufman, Y. 2003. An enhanced contextual fire detection algorithm for MODIS. Remote Sensing of Environment 87:273-282. doi: 10.1016/S0034-4257(03)00184-6.

    Justice, C. O., Giglio, L., Korontzi, S., Owens, J., Morisette, J., Roy, D., Descloitres, J., Alleaume, S., Petitcolin, F. and Kaufman, Y. J. 2002. The MODIS fire products. Remote Sensing of Environment 83:244-262. doi:10.1016/S0034-4257(02)00076-7.

    Kaufman, Y. J., C. O. Justice, L. P. Flynn, J. D. Kendall, E. M. Prins, L. Giglio, D. E. Ward, W. P. Menzel, and A. W. Setzer. "Potential global fire monitoring from EOS‐MODIS." Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres (1984–2012) 103, no. D24 (1998): 32215-32238.

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