NESDIS Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Program
Entry ID: gov.noaa.ngdc.mgg.hazards.3092

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Abstract: The Satellite Services Division of NESDIS/NOAA created an interactive Web-based GIS used to display satellite data of fire detects in near-real time. It converts the data to a format compatible with ArcIMS and creates a steady flow of the data to the Web Server. The Web Server updates the data being displayed on the Internet by deleting the old data and displaying new data. The analyzed fires and smoke layer are update primarily between the hours of 1 pm and 11 pm Eastern time, with occasional updates during the rest of the day. The automated layers are updated twenty-four hours a day as new satellite imagery is received. The product covers the continental United States, Alaska and Hawaii.

Purpose: The Hazard Mapping System is an interactive processing system that allows the trained satellite analysts within the Satellite Services Division (SSD) to manually integrate data from various automated fire detection algorithms with GOES and polar (Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR), and Moderate Resolution Imaging spectroradiometer Fire Algorithm (MODIS) images. The result is a quality controlled display of the locations of fires and significant smoke plumes detected by meteorological satellites.
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 60.0   S: 5.0   E: -65.0   W: -165.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/OSDPD > Office of Satellite Data Processing and Distribution, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Dataset Title: NESDIS Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Program
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2002-01-01
ISO Topic Category
Access Constraints None
Use Constraints The information on fire position should be used as a general guidance and for strategic planning. Tactical decisions, such as the activation of a response to fight these fires, should not be made without other information to corroborate the fire's existence and location. Users should note: 1) Fires from the automatic detection algorithms outside the US may be included in some of the images, BUT ... View entire text
Data Center
National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce Supplemental Info
Data Center URL:

Data Center Personnel
Phone: (303) 497-6826
Fax: (303) 497-6513
Email: at
Contact Address:
325 Broadway
City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80305-3328
Country: USA
Phone: (301)763-8142
Fax: (301)899-9196
Email: SSDFireTeam at
Contact Address:
5200 Auth Road rm 510
City: Camp Spring
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20746
Country: USA
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2014-06-20
Last DIF Revision Date: 2014-07-28
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