MODIS Thermal Anomalies/Fire


MODIS Thermal Anomalies/Fire products are primarily derived from MODIS 4- and 11-micrometer radiances. The fire detection strategy is based on absolute detection of a fire (when the fire strength is sufficient to detect), and on detection relative to its background (to account for variability of the surface temperature and reflection by sunlight).

The product includes fire occurrence (day/night), fire location, the logical criteria used for the fire selection, detection confidence, Fire Radiative Power and numerous other layers describing fire pixel attributes. The product distinguishes between fire, no fire and no observation. Level 3 Daily fire products include 8 separate days of data detailing pixels according to their level of confidence as fires. This information will be used in monitoring the spatial and temporal distribution of fires in different ecosystems, detecting changes in fire distribution and identifying new fire frontiers, wild fires, and changes in the frequency of the fires or their relative strength.

MODIS data on Terra and Aqua are acquired from each platform twice daily at mid-latitudes. These four daily MODIS fire observations that are typically acquired serve operational fire management needs while also advancing global monitoring of the fire process and its effects on ecosystems, the atmosphere, and climate.

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•Validated Stage: Stage 3

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Product Name Terra Prod ID/
Aqua Prod ID/
Thermal Anomalies/Fire Daily L3 Global 1km MOD14A1 MYD14A1
Thermal Anomalies/Fire 8-Day L3 Global 1km MOD14A2 MYD14A2
Thermal Anomalies/Fire 5-Min L2 Swath 1km MOD14 MYD14


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