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WildFireSat: monitoring wildfires in Canada


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WildFireSat: monitoring wildfires in Canada

2023-05-17 – What is WildFireSat? This Canadian initiative will enhance Canada's ability to manage wildfires in the country. It aims to monitor all active wildfires in Canada from space on a daily basis. (Credits: Canadian Space Agency, Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre, BC Wildfire Service, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services, Yukon Wildland Fire Management, European Union Space Programme (Copernicus Sentinel-2 data, processed by Dromadaire Géo-Innovations), NASA Earth Observatory image by Joshua Stevens, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey, NASA Earth Observatory, Lauren Dauphin and Joshua Stevens, VIIRS data from NASA EOSDIS/LANCE, GIBS/Worldview, and the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership, Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey, and GEOS-5 data from the Global Modeling and Assimilation Office at NASA GSFC)


Climate change is causing extreme weather conditions,

more intense fires,

and longer wildfire seasons.

This is a challenge for those who live with and those who manage wildfires.

WildFireSat is a satellite mission that will monitor all active wildfires in Canada on a daily basis.

It will provide reliable data to allow for better prediction of fire behaviour.

to help wildfire managers prepare and respond,

and allow for more targeted and faster evacuations.

The WildFireSat mission will provide more precise information on smoke, air quality conditions,

and the carbon emitted by wildfires.

For protecting lives and health, as well as our resources, infrastructures and environment.


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Planned for 2029.

WildFireSat is an initiative of:

  • the Canadian Space Agency
  • the Canadian Forest Service and the Canadian Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation, both part of Natural Resources Canada
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada

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