New map showing camp fire damage in Northern California

It also contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2018).


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As firefighters keep on fighting the dangerous Camp Fire in Northern California, the Advanced Rapid Imaging and Analysis (ARIA) group at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, has delivered another map demonstrating damage as of Nov. 16.

The ARIA team makes its maps by looking at when satellite pictures of the fire locale to see the degree of progress between the two pictures. For this guide, they contrasted the information for the picture with a Cal Fire outline starter approval.

The map was created utilizing synthetic aperture radar images from the Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellites operated by the European Space Agency. The guide covers a zone of 48 miles by 48 miles (78 by 77 kilometers), illustrated in red on left. A closeup view of damage to the town of Paradise is inset on right, plot in white. The shading variety from yellow to red demonstrates progressively more noteworthy changes in the ground surface.

However, the maps may be less reliable over vegetated terrains, like forests, but they can help officials and first responders identify heavily damaged areas and allocate resources as needed.


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