A satellite-based early warning system to detect fires in Cuban forests
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- 06 / 20 / 2008
Wildfires are detected by means of digital image processing and are visualized in situ, Mejias explained. Later experts evaluate conditions and ways to extinguish the fires.
The system is the result of scientific cooperation between Cuba’s INSMET and Brazil’s National Institute of Spatial Research. It also provides complementary information, which is transmitted on real time to interactive maps.
This method has already been applied during five wildfire seasons in plantations, pastureland, and forests. At some point, there have been 300 fire warnings in just one day, the expert explained.