DLR FireBIRD mission provides data of recent fires in Israel and the West Bank
On Tuesday, November 22, 2016, wildfires started in Israel and spread rapidly over the country on the following days. On November 25 at 11:25 UTC, DLR’s TET-1 satellite captured major hot spots in the region. TET-1 is one of the two satellites of the FireBIRD mission. With its spatial resolution of 320 m the system has a much higher spatial resolution than the standard thermal sensors from MODIS or Sentinel 3 SLTSR (1 km). Additionally, the two different bands in the midwave infrared (3.4 – 4.2 µm) and the long wave infrared (8.5-9.3 µm) allow not only the detection of hot spots but also the derivation of the fire radiative power (FRP) which is a quantitative measure for fire intensity.