One-minute data from UW helps NASA detect wildfires faster

The University of Wisconsin–Madison Space Science and Engineering Center is providing fast turn-around satellite data to NASA as part of a push for timelier tracking and monitoring of wildfires. The “low-latency data” is sent within a minute of observation.

A specialized satellite ground station on the UW–Madison campus receives data, and SSEC Distinguished Scientist Liam Gumley is leading the program.

“We’ve refined our ability to obtain data directly from the satellite and receive it on the ground, a process known as direct broadcast,” says Gumley. “Now, from Earth observation to wildfire detection is less than 60 seconds.”

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