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GOFC-GOLD Fire Implementation Team Workshop, College Park, UMd, USA


Meeting Purpose and Themes:

GOFC-GOLD (Global Observation of Forest and Land Cover Dynamics) is a project of the Global Terrestrial Observing System (GTOS) program, which is sponsored by the Integrated Global Observing Strategy (IGOS). The main goal of GOFC-GOLD is to provide a forum for international information exchange, observation and data coordination, and a framework for establishing the necessary long-term monitoring systems.

The GOFC-GOLD-Fire Mapping and Monitoring Theme is aimed at refining and articulating the international observation requirements and making the best possible use of fire products from the existing and future satellite observing systems, for fire management, policy decision-making and global change research. GOFC-GOLD is promoting self-organized regional networks of data users, data brokers and providers, where closer linkages and collaborations are established with emphasis on an improved understanding of user requirements and product quality. GOFC-GOLD-Fire is pursuing, in a joint effort with the Committee on Earth Observing Satellites (CEOS) Working Group on Calibration and Validation (WGCV) Land Product Validation (LPV) subgroup, the coordinated validation of fire products by standardized protocols.

The overall goal of this meeting is to promote collaboration among the US and international researchers focusing on satellite remote sensing of fires. The purpose is to review the current progress, recent developments and future prospects of satellite based fire monitoring and science for forest/natural resource management and other applications. This has been accomplished by reviewing recent progress in the various themes established by the GOFC-GOLD Fire IT and by discussing strategies towards specific objectives:

  • Active fires and burnt area characterization from polar and geostationary satellite data;
  • Calibration and validation of satellite fire products;
  • Global geostationary network and fire products;
  • Fire observations from new satellite instruments – algorithms and refinements;
  • Fire radiative energy products from polar and geostationary data;
  • Global fire early warning system;
  • Fire management with focus on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation activities;
  • Satellite fire data outreach, dissemination and activities –requirements and challenges.

Presentations [To be uploaded soon]

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Day 1 - 29th July, 2014 (Tuesday)

9:00   Meeting logistics – Ivan Csiszar (NOAA), Krishna Vadrevu (UMD)

9:15   Meeting Objectives and Overview of Satellite remote sensing data of fire – Chris Justice          (UMD)-[Presentation]

9:30   The Suomi NPP mission and the VIIRS Fire Detection Capability – Mitch Goldberg, Ivan           Csiszar (NOAA)-[Presentation]

10:00   Welcome address-local host – Al Powell (NOAA)

10:15 - 10:30   Tea/Coffee Break

Satellite Missions

10:30 VIIRS M-band active fire detection – Louis Giglio (UMD), Ivan Csiszar (NOAA) -          [Presentation]      

11:00   I-Band for VIIRS Fire Retrieval – Wilfrid Schroeder (UMD) - [Presentation]

11:30   NOAA Hazard Mapping System – Mark Ruminski (NOAA) - [Presentation]

12:00 - 1:30 Lunch

1:30   Update on the SENTINELS – Olivier Arino (ESA, ESRIN, Italy) - [Presentation]

2:30   Geostationary Fire Product Development – Martin Wooster (Kings College, London) –          [Presentation]          

3:00   National Weather Service Use of Satellite Data to Resolve Challenges in Fighting Fires –               Peter Roohr (NOAA) - [Presentation]

3:30 – 3:45 Tea / Coffee Break

3:45     TET DLR – Eckhard Lorenz (DLR, Germany) - [Presentation]

4:15     Landsat 8 status, fire science and applications – David Roy (SDSU)  - [Presentation]

4:45     Post fire recovery – Mark Carroll (NASA) - [Presentation]

7:00     Welcome Reception

Day 2 - 30th July, 2014 (Wednesday)

GOFC-GOLD Fire IT Focus Areas and Program Updates

9:00   GOFC-GOLD Fire-IT status - Chris Justice, Vadrevu (UMD), Garik Gutman (NASA)        

9:30   International Cooperation and Coordination in Wildland Fire Management – Johann          Goldammer (The Global Fire Monitoring Center, Germany) - [Presentation]

10:00  UN-REDD Fire-GOFC source book updates and next steps–Luigi Boschetti (U. Idaho)

10:15   Fire Disturbance ECV – Towards a new GCOS Implementation Plan – Kevin Tansey
           (University of Leicester, UK) - [Presentation]

10:30 - 10:45   Tea/Coffee Break

10:45  Global Fire Early Warning System – Bill de Groot (Canadian Forest Service) -           [Presentation]        

11:15   Meteorological Data for Fire Danger Products - Tim Brown (Desert Research Institute,          Nevada) - [Presentation]

11:45   GWIS -Global Wildfire Information System update – Jesus San Miguel Ayanz (JRC, ISPRA,           Italy) – [Presentation]

12:15 - 1:30 Lunch

1:30  Biomass Burning Emissions Product from a Constellation of Geostationary Satellites –         Shobha Kondragunta (NOAA) - [Presentation]

2:00  Biomass Burning Emissions Focus Area Overview – Krishna Vadrevu (UMd)/Guido van Der          Werf (VU University Amsterdam)  - [Presentation]

Regional Networks and Activities   

2:30    SAFNET (Southern Africa) Updates – Philip Frost (CSIR, S. Africa) - [Presentation]

2:50    REDLATIF (Latin America) Updates – Alberto Setzer (INPE, Brazil) /Isabel Cruz (CONABIO,            Mexico)

3:10     Fire Monitoring Activities in Mexico – Isabel Cruz (CONABIO, Mexico) - [Presentation]

3:30 - 3:45 Tea/Coffee Break

3:45   Balkan Network Update - Ioannis Gitas (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece) –         [Presentation]          

4:05   SEARRIN Update – Krishna Vadrevu (UMD) - [Presentation]

4:20   Capacity Building for Implementation of MTV Systems for REDD+ - SilvaCarbon Program –           Sylvia Wilson (USGS) - [Presentation]

4:40     Regional Network Discussion – Anja Hoffman

5:30     Adjourn

Day 3 - 31st July, 2014 (Thursday)

GOFC-GOLD Fire IT Focus Areas (continued)

9:00   ESA Fire-CCI - Burnt Area Product Updates – Emilio Chuvieco (Universidad de Alcalá,Spain)          – [Presentation]

9:30     MODIS Fire and Burned Area and Validation Update –Louis Giglio (UMd) /Luigi Boschetti          (U. Idaho) - [Presentation]

Program Updates (continued)

10:00   NASA Applied Sciences Wildfire Program – Vince Ambrosia (NASA AMES) - [Presentation]

10:30 - 10:45 Tea/Coffee Break

10:45 USFS Fire Remote Sensing Program Update – Everett Hinkley / Brad Quayle / Jess Clark           (USFS) – [Presentation]

11:15  Canadian Fire Monitoring Using Microsatellites – Tim Lynham (Canadian Forest Service) -          [Presentation]         

11:45   Round table on next steps for GOFC-GOLD Fire IT program – Chris Justice and Vadrevu          (UMd)

12:15   Action items and recommendations

12:30  Adjourn and Lunch

1:00 – 2:30      NCWCP tour and Hazard Mapping System Demo

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