'GINA' Is Creating Satellite Imaging For To Reveal In depth Wildfire Details

The Geographic Information Network Alaska, or 'GINA' at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has been creating a new type of satellite image to help reveal more in depth detail about wildfires in Alaska.
Typically in Alaska's remote areas, wildfires may not be spotted immediately by planes or residents.
But even if a wildfire is out of range from everyone, it will still show up in satellite images.
Those images are then forwarded to the U-S Bureau of Land Management and the National Weather Service.
The sequence begins with satellite images taken over Alaska getting sent over to GINA.
They then process the data before sending it on to users like the fire departments.
Eric Stevens who works at U-A-F told us what kind of in-depth detail comes from the satellite images.
"By tracking the perimeter of a fire from a satellite that helps the Alaska fire service and land fire management agencies track where the fire is. And that's important for allocating resources to combat the fire. Some of the new imagery also is good at detecting burn scars to see where the fire has gobbled up the fuel although there is no fuel in this area left but maybe the fire will move into this area. Also for tracking the smoke. That's an important thing for aviation purposes. Smoke reduces visibility, lowers the ceiling, that's a problem for aviation and for all of us who like to breathe clean air."