Fires smaller than the 30 meter resolution of Landsat can be detected. Validation of the Landsat 8 active fire detection product and estimates of minimum detectable fire size and temperature are ongoing. Several factors may affect the ability to detect fire activity, including timing of fire activity at the time of satellite overpass; cloud cover, heavy smoke and other atmospheric obscurations above the fire, etc.
1) L1T Landsat 8 data are acquired from USGS EROS Data Center.
2) Active fires are detected by processing the L1T data using prototype codebase provided by the University of Maryland to generate output in GeoTiff and ASCII active fire detection output and subsequently compiled into daily GIS layers.
3) Landsat 8 active fire detection GIS datasets are transformed from a WGS84 datum to NAD83 datum.
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