— Wildfire Signal (@wildfiresignal) July 18, 2018
From MIT Technology Review:
The account, @WildfireSignal, will help authorities, aid organizations, and affected people monitor fires.
What it does: The tool, created by researchers at a startup called Descartes Labs, pulls the locations of active fires from a government database and takes photos of them using the GOES 16 satellite. A team is then able to collect and process the wildfire data in four minutes.
What it shares: The program builds a time-lapse record of the fire based on the satellite data and automatically shares it on Twitter every six hours, along with a hashtag specific to each blaze.
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