QGIS Fire Mapping Tool

Figure 1. Screenshot of the main user interface of the QGIS plugin version of the EMT.
Figure 1. Screenshot of the main user interface of the QGIS plugin version of the EMT.

The QGIS plugin version of the Event Mapping Tool (EMT) was developed to address the needs of users who may need to determine the effects of small fires that are below the MTBS burned area threshold, or who cannot wait for an MTBS assessment to be published. It facilitates the identification and processing of Landsat imagery that correspond to a user-specified area of interest, generates fire perimeters, and performs thresholding of the Landsat imagery to produce burn severity images. Through the use of this tool, users can employ satellite-based imagery and derivative information to produce their own burn severity assessments. QGIS EMT mimics the original EMT developed by the U.S. Forest Service Geospatial Technology and Applications Center and used by the MTBS team. This tool is fully open-source and is freely distributed. For additional tool support please contact us.

 

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Figure 2. Burn severity mapping process.
Figure 2. Burn severity mapping process.

This tool was originally developed through funding from the NASA Applied Science Program, grant number NNH12AU71I. NASA provided support for initial development with operational implementation and maintenance now transferred to the MTBS program.