1031 The Redesigned Hazard Mapping System (HMS) for Fire and Smoke Analysis and the Impact of Including Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) Data

Wednesday, 25 January 2017
4E (Washington State Convention Center )
Zhaohui Cheng, NOAA/NESDIS, College Park, MD; and M. G. Ruminski

The HMS incorporates a wide variety of satellite data for use in fire and smoke detection, including 30 minute interval GOES-East and GOES-West, five AVHRR satellites (NOAA and METOP) and MODIS Aqua/Terra. NESDIS' Satellite Analysis Branch (SAB) analysts utilize the HMS to analyze and quality control the automated fire detections from each of the sensors and create the fire/smoke products to enable the users to mitigate disasters and environmental hazards.

The new HMS design eliminates the inefficiencies and increases the accuracy of the fire/smoke analysis. The new system has the capability to display higher resolution data available from VIIRS while maintaining individual pixel integrity which improves the representation of fire size. This will benefit the input to smoke forecast models and may possibly be useful as input for fire spread models. An analysis of all VIIRS Active Fire (AF) locations compared to the operational HMS fire analysis for all of 2015 over North America will be presented that will provide an estimate of the impact of this new data set. Results will be presented for regional and seasonal impact.

 The new system also provides greater analysis control of layers and display properties and will allow for the display of all GOES images, even when in Rapid Scan Operations (RSO) mode To enhance the efficiency and improve the accuracy of the fire and smoke product, the display of the new HMS eliminates the sector boundaries to display full analysis domain (North and Central America, Caribbean and Hawaii) and has functionality to edit plumes on a finer scale. In the presentation we will highlight the new features of the updated HMS.

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