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Published on Mar 29, 2012
Ivan Csiszar, a physical scientist with the NOAA Center for Satellite Applications and Research, discusses how the satellites are used to detect wildfires across the globe. Not only can satellites detect the location of fires, but also how they spread over time. The background image uses color enhancements of Landsat satellite imagery of the 2009 Los Angeles Station Fire to show how satellite sensors can distinguish between fire targets (bright yellow), burned areas (brown), unburned areas (green), and even populated areas (purple).