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Title: Rapid turn-around mapping of wildfires and disasters with airborne infrared imagery fro the new FireMapper® 2.0 and Oilmapper systems

Author: Hoffman, James W.; Coulter, Lloyd L.; Riggan, Philip J;

Date: 2005

Source: Proceedings of the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing

Publication Series: Paper (invited, offered, keynote)

Description: The new FireMapper® 2.0 and OilMapper airborne, infrared imaging systems operate in a "snapshot" mode. Both systems feature the real time display of single image frames, in any selected spectral band, on a daylight readable tablet PC. These single frames are displayed to the operator with full temperature calibration in color or grayscale renditions. A rapid "Tactical" imaging mode is also available for low level operation, such as lead plane use during wildfire operations. All of the images are tagged with GPS and are recorded on hard drives upon operator command. To support fire and disaster management incident commanders in the field, rapid turn-around of fully mosaicked and orthorectified image maps is necessary. To accomplish this, the raw image frames are transmitted from the aircraft, via satellite, to a data processing facility which generates the digital map products and then transmits them electronically back to the incident commanders in the field. After the individual image frames are mosaicked and orthorectified, they are overlaid on digital map base layers such as USGS Digital Raster Graphics. FireMapper® 2.0 and OilMapper exhibit a wide dynamic range (up to 1200 °C) without saturating and the thermal infrared maps are color coded by temperature so that fire intensities and oil spill thicknesses can be readily interpreted. Fully annotated maps are then generated and transmitted to the fire and disaster management incident commanders for use in the field.

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Hoffman, James W.; Coulter, Lloyd L.; Riggan, Philip J. 2005. Rapid turn-around mapping of wildfires and disasters with airborne infrared imagery fro the new FireMapper® 2.0 and Oilmapper systems. In: Proceedings of the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. Baltimore, Maryland: 8.

 


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