PRESS RELEASE
Dynamic Fire Monitoring and Daily Fire Mapping over Greece - Use of Medium to High Resolution Satellite Images acquired in the EO Center of Excellence BEYOND for Natural Disasters Monitoring IAASARS / NOA

The EO Centre of Excellence BEYOND for the monitoring of Natural Disaster which is hosted by the Institute for Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Applications and Remote Sensing (IAASARS) of the National Observatory of Athens (NOA), continues playing its societal role by deriving, supporting and distributing on a daily basis maps depicting the extent and the level of physical damages caused from every fire incident occurring over Greece during the fire season. The rapid mapping service of burned areas is based on satellite images of medium resolution which are collected on a 24/7 basis at the satellite stations owned and operated by the Centre (e.g. MODIS, NPP-VIIRS, NOAA/AVHRR, FY), as well as based on high resolution Sentinels II data. The latter are being collected in near real time at the Hellenic Mirror Site, under the collaboration agreement signed between NOA and the European Space Agency (ESA). The daily damages of land use/ land cover types are assessed several times a day at the medium resolution of 500-750 m, while every ten days a more detailed assessment at the much high resolution of 10m is provided. This information is delivered in real-time to the Fire Brigades Authority of Greece, and also the Local Authorities, that undertake the challenging task to immediately address and react to the crisis but also after the disaster for landscape recovery, compensation andmitigation purposes. To be noted that for specific cases of big disastrous fire events the BEYOND Center is offering its services through a specific framework contract and in collaboration with selected European partners, to the Copernicus EMS European Union Space Program for assessing the flood, landslide, and soil erosion risk in the affected by the fire areas.

 

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