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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – INSTRUMENT SUMMARY - CWFMS -
Full Name Canadian Wildland Fire Monitoring Sensor Status Being developed
Instrument Agencies CSA, NRCAN, ECCC Maturity
Instrument Type Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) Geometry Nadir-viewing
Instrument Technology Multi-purpose imaging Vis/IR radiometer Sampling Imaging
Data Access Open Access Data Format TBD
Measurements and Applications Measurements are: Fire Radiative Power (FRP), hotspot locations, rate of spread, burned area mapping. Data products generated: 1) Fire maps, showing location, extent, and timing of forest fire events; 2) Fire characteristics, such as fire line intensity, rate of spread and fuel consumption; 3) Plume dynamics through smoke transport maps and plume heights; 4) Mass of carbon released into atmosphere.
Resolution Summary 400 m (TIR, MWIR), and 200 m (NIR, VIS) at the geodetic sub-satellite point.
[Best Resolution: 400m]
Swath Summary 400 km
[Max Swath: 1200 km]
Accuracy Summary Temperature measurement accuracy 15 K; pointing accuracy 0.5 deg;
Waveband Summary VIS: 0.6 – 0.7 µm (red) (possibly also VIS 0.4 - 0.6 µm); NIR: 0.8 – 0.9 µm; MWIR: 3.4 - 4.2 µm wavelength; TIR: 10.4 µm – 12.3 µm;
VIS (~0.40 µm - ~0.75 µm)
NIR (~0.75 µm - ~1.3 µm)
MWIR (~3.0 µm - ~6.0 µm)
TIR (~6.0 µm - ~15.0 µm)
Instrument Measurements
Measurements Overview
CategoryParameter
AerosolsAerosol absorption optical depth (column/profile)
Atmospheric Temperature FieldsAir temperature (near surface)
Cloud type, amount and cloud top temperatureCloud imagery
Cloud mask
Inland WatersLake Surface Temperature
Multi-purpose imagery (land)Fire fractional cover
Land surface imagery
Active Fire Detection
Radiation budgetUpward long-wave irradiance at TOA
Downward long-wave irradiance at Earth surface
Long-wave Earth surface emissivity
Upwelling (Outgoing) Short-wave Radiation at the Earth Surface
Sea ice cover, edge and thicknessSea-ice surface temperature
Surface temperature (land)Fire temperature
Surface temperature (ocean)Sea surface temperature
Sea surface heat flux
Trace gases (excluding ozone)CH4 Mole Fraction
CO2 Mole Fraction
CO Mole Fraction
VegetationNormalized Differential Vegetation Index (NDVI)
Leaf Area Index (LAI)
Vegetation type
Land cover
Vegetation Cover
Thematic Links Global Climate Observing System Essential Climate Variables (GCOS ECVs)
ECVDescriptionProduct(s)ECV Inventory 3.0 Record(s)
Carbon Dioxide, Methane and other Greenhouse gases click here click here search ECV Inventory records
Earth Radiation Budget click here click here search ECV Inventory records
Fire click here click here search ECV Inventory records
Lakes click here click here search ECV Inventory records
Land cover click here click here search ECV Inventory records
Leaf Area Index (LAI) click here click here search ECV Inventory records
Ocean Surface Heat Flux click here click here search ECV Inventory records
Precursors (supporting the Aerosol and Ozone ECVs) click here click here search ECV Inventory records
Sea Surface Temperature click here click here search ECV Inventory records
Temperature (surface) click here click here search ECV Inventory records
Instrument Missions
WildFireSat - WildFireSat (2027 - 2029)
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