To develop the disturbance layers, the LANDFIRE 2014 Update team at the USGS EROS Center used a consistent approach of combining geospatial data depicting areas of disturbance with Remote Sensing of Landscape Change (RSLC) derived data. Data from combinations of Landsat satellite imagery, fire program data, e.g., Monitoring Trends in Burn Severity (MTBS), cooperator-provided field data, and other ancillary data, e.g., Protected Area Database (PAD), were used to locate and characterize large wildfires.
Data for each year from 1999-2014, along with the updated vegetation and fuels layers, are distributed through the LANDFIRE Program website as well as through various web applications including the Wildland Fire Decision Support System and ArcGIS Online.
+ LANDFIRE 2014 CONUS Update
More frequent satellite observations, such as those of the Harmonized Landsat Sentinel-2 (HLS) dataset, are needed to fully capture flood dynamics in regions experiencing short-lived, ephemeral flooding.