Devastating forest fires in central and southern Portugal
Satellite Images of Southern European Forest Fires in 2003
In cooperation with the European Space Agency ESA and other national and international partners, DFD had been acquiring available satellite data since August 5, 2003, and made them available to local situation centers for fire fighting and examination. DFD used its own receiving equipment for the purpose and processes the raw data for use in the field.
The "Center for Satellite Based Crisis Information" (ZKI) assumes the project management the "International Charter on Space and Major Disasters" in Portugal
Relating to the decrease of forest fires in Portugal and after consultation with the authorized user in Portugal, the Charter call 43 has been closed on August 24. During the 18 days, 52 satellite images (34 NOAA-AVHRR, 3 ENVISAT-MERIS, 9 SPOT, 3 BIRD, 1 IKONOS), 17 NOAA-AVHRR fire masks, 2 MERIS and 2 SPOT masks of the fire scars were delivered as geocorrected data sets as pre-decided with RISCOS. As an example, ZKI could provide the NOAA-AVHRR fire masks daily in the morning only a few hours after the acquisition.
The provision of all these imagery and value added products was only possible due to the strong support of the various envolved Charter institutions and the support of several teams within DLR. We hope that we could make some valuable contributions to the handling of the fire situation and the crisis management team in Portugal.