Articles | Volume 16, issue 3
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-16-1395-2024
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-16-1395-2024
Data description paper
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15 Mar 2024
Data description paper |  | 15 Mar 2024

Systematically tracking the hourly progression of large wildfires using GOES satellite observations

Tianjia Liu, James T. Randerson, Yang Chen, Douglas C. Morton, Elizabeth B. Wiggins, Padhraic Smyth, Efi Foufoula-Georgiou, Roy Nadler, and Omer Nevo

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To improve our understanding of extreme wildfire behavior, we use geostationary satellite data to develop the GOFER algorithm and track the hourly fire progression of large wildfires. GOFER fills a key temporal gap present in other fire tracking products that rely on low-Earth-orbit imagery and reveals considerable variability in fire spread rates on diurnal timescales. We create a product of hourly fire perimeters, active-fire lines, and fire spread rates for 28 fires in California.
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