Sep 09, 2020The Stuff of Trees: Three-Decades of Forest Biomass Measured Across Canada

A new study reports a net increase of 5.38 petagrams of forest biomass between 1984 and 2016; carbon-wise, that is equivalent to a train of loaded coal cars long enough to wrap itself around Earth nearly 34 times.

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Jul 30, 2020LANDFIRE Remap Is Here

LANDFIRE has released its Remap dataset; new techniques and new data provide significant improvement.

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Dec 13, 2019Fire & Water: How Wildfires Can Impact Drinking Water

Fires in forested watersheds that support drinking water supplies can introduce contaminants that overwhelm current treatment capabilities. Earth observation data are helping.

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Dec 11, 2019Smokey the Beaver? Beaver Dams and Wildfire

Landsat helped confirm and quantify what was only anecdotally known before: beaver dams make wetlands uniquely resistant to wildfires.

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Jul 11, 2019Landsat Can Save Federal Agencies up to $7.7 Million Annually in Post-Fire Costs

Using satellite imagery is a cost-effective way to assess burned areas and triage mitigation measures post-wildfire, study found. Federal agencies can save as much as $7.7 million annually in post-fire costs by using Landsat.

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Feb 19, 2019The Synoptic View of California’s Camp Fire: A Scorching Reality of Today’s Fires

Sprawling urban fires that once plagued civilization were thought to be a thing the past—the Camp Fire let us know they are back.

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Nov 13, 2018Looking at Burn Severity and Post-Fire Forest Regeneration in Chile's Andean Cordillera, Home to the Monkey Puzzle Tree

The first study that connects field-measured data with satellite-derived burn severity in this corner of the world.

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Nov 09, 2018USGS Burned Area Products Group in Denver Touts Value of Landsat ARD

A new Burned Area algorithm has been developed by USGS to identify burned areas in images across the Landsat archive.

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Aug 20, 2018Landsat Sees 30 Years of Yellowstone Recovery from 1988 Fires

A combination of lightning, drought and human activity caused fires to scorch more than one-third of Yellowstone National Park in the summer of 1988.

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Jul 25, 2018Fires, Floods and Satellite Views: Modeling the Boreal Forest’s Future

The 2014 megafires in Canada's Northwest Territories burned 7 million acres of forest, making it one of the most severe fire events in Canadian history.

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