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Lasers and sensors offer bird’s eye view on climate change

Fires and the Climate Feedback Loop
Fires and the Climate Feedback Loop
Image source above: World Resources Institute https://www.wri.org/insights/6-graphics-explain-climate-feedback-loop-fueling-us-fires
Issue date of the following article: 13 February 2023
In orbit, in the air or even on the ground, photonics technologies give us a precise big picture on climate change, discovers Ben Skuse, author of the article “Lasers and sensors offer bird’s eye view on climate change.

First, I would like to shout out a big THANK YOU to Ben Skuse who wrote about exci’s Early Wildfire Detection System in the Electro Optics Magazine and gave permission to repost his article. Ben is a professional writer who is passionate about all things science and therefore loves to write about everything that promotes scientific and human understanding. Here is his website: https://benjaminskuse.wordpress.com/.

The complete original article can be found here: https://www.electrooptics.com/feature/bird-s-eye-view-climate-change

Please read the following excerpt from the above-mentioned article about exci’s early wildfire detection system:

Commercial climate monitoring from above

Space agencies are not the only organisations monitoring climate indicators from space. For example, some companies are exploiting satellite imagery to detect and stamp out wildfires before they cause widespread devastation and release millions of tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere. A primary emission source and indicator of climate change, recent years have seen unprecedented wildfires cause havoc across the world, from the Arctic to the Amazon. With wildfires contributing 5-10% of annual global CO2 emissions, more frequent and intense blazes due to climate change have a feedback effect, where the results of warming produce yet more warming.
Based in Australia, exci monitors high-risk/high-value forested areas via a combination of ground-based camera networks (camera-agnostic) and Earth-observing satellites. Data is collated and processed by sophisticated algorithms that detect fire signatures, such as smoke and heat. When a fire is spotted, reports are immediately presented to the relevant users. Exci takes data from US polar-orbiting satellites NOAA-20, Terra, Aqua and Suomi NPP. But given these satellites only revisit Australia twice a day, they rarely spot a nascent fire when passing over. This is why the exci team uses data from the Japanese Himawari 8 (launched 7 October 2014), a weather satellite positioned in geostationary orbit over the Asia-Pacific region. Himawari 8 features a 16-channel multispectral imager to capture visible light and infrared images with a resolution down to 500m.

Engineers build and test the Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System (Atlas)

Engineers build and test the Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System (Atlas) for the ICESat-2 mission at Nasa’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt
Why does exci not rely solely on Himawari 8 fire warnings? It comes down to data processing time. “A full scan of the coverage area is taken every 10 minutes,” says exci COO Gabrielle Tylor. “But processing the data can take up to 25 minutes,” Tylor says early detection of wildfires within minutes after ignition by using current satellite technology alone is not possible. Nevertheless, exci’s proprietary algorithms enable wildfire detection from space on average in between 10 and 20 minutes over a given area. When this is combined with ground-based camera data, trials in California showed the system could detect 66% of fires within a minute, 95% within 5 minutes, and nearly 100% within 10 minutes, with a near-zero rate of false positives.
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Afterword from exci

exci’s early wildfire detection system is powered by advanced Artificial Intelligence that analyses camera data for the presence of smoke and satellite data to detect heat signatures from fires. exci’s AI detects fires from ground-based camera data within minutes of ignition. However, satellites come with their own set of limits when it comes to providing real-time data. While the ground-based camera system provides fast detection during the day, satellites are better suited for
  • remote and broad area coverage;
  • night-time detections;
  • tracking, mapping, and monitoring of a fire,
  • and providing comprehensive coverage in all weather conditions.

For more in-depth information regarding satellites’ limitations in Early Wildfire Detection, check out our blog posts: 

Read more:

Part 1: Satellites in Space: Watching over our Planet

Part 2: History of Environmental Satellites

Part 4: Early Wildfire Detection = AI+Cameras+Satellites


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posted by Gabrielle Tylor

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