NOAA JPSS Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) Active Fires Environmental Data Record (EDR) from IDPS

VIIRS-AF-EDR

browse graphicActive Fire locations overlayed with true color RGB imagery over the Northern California bay area. Image courtesy of University of Maryland Active Fires Team.
This dataset contains a high quality operational environmental data record (EDR) that contains pinpoint locations of active fires (AF) as identified by an algorithm based on the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) Fires and Thermal Anomalies Collection 4 product, but improved upon and adapted for use by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer (VIIRS) instrument onboard the Suomi-NPP satellite. The product also contains quality information which provides support information on the quality of fire retrievals. The algorithm utilizes sensor data from the 4 micron and 11 micron spectral bands (M13 and M15), at a spatial resolution of 750 meters at nadir to deliver a list of fire pixels at a given location on Earth approximately every 12 hours. By default, IDPS VIIRS AF data obtained from the Comprehensive Large Array-Data Stewardship System (CLASS) are distributed as aggregated files of four 86-second granules in Hierarchical Data Format v.5 (HDF5) file format with metadata attributes included.
  • Cite this dataset when used as a source: Csiszar, Ivan, Schroeder, Wilfrid, Qiu, Shuang, and NOAA JPSS Program Office (2012). NOAA JPSS Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) Active Fires Environmental Data Record (EDR) from IDPS. [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. [access date].
  • gov.noaa.ncdc:C01401
  • gov.noaa.class:VIIRS_ARP
  • JPSS Product ID:AVAFO
Download Data
  • NOAA CLASS FTP Server (download)
    Access and download data tar files by date and product for the previous 85 days. The directory structure is as follows, date(yyyymmdd)->instrument family->product.
Order Data
Distribution Formats
  • HDF (Version: 5)
Distributor Customer Engagement Branch
DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
1-828-271-4800
ncei.orders@noaa.gov
Dataset Point of Contact Customer Engagement Branch
DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
ncei.sat.info@noaa.gov
Time Period 2012-04-03 to 2017-06-28 (time interval: 12-hour)
Spatial Reference System urn:ogc:def:crs:EPSG::4326
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
N: 90.0
S: -90.0
E: 180.0
W: -180.0
Spatial Coverage Map
General Documentation
Processing Documents
  • JPSS STAR Science Documents
Associated Resources
Publication Dates
  • publication: 2012-04-03
Edition Validated
Data Presentation Form Digital image
Dataset Progress Status Obsolete - data is no longer relevant
Data Update Frequency Not planned
Purpose This dataset provides a high quality environmental data record (EDR) of active thermal anomalies on the Earth's surface. These data could be used to plot areas of active fires for use in fire monitoring, management, and planning.
Use Limitations
  • For a complete description of use limitations for this EDR, see the Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document (ATBD).
Dataset Citation
  • Cite this dataset when used as a source: Csiszar, Ivan, Schroeder, Wilfrid, Qiu, Shuang, and NOAA JPSS Program Office (2012). NOAA JPSS Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) Active Fires Environmental Data Record (EDR) from IDPS. [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. [access date].
Cited Authors
  • Csiszar, Ivan
    DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/STAR/SMCD > Satellite Meteorology and Climatology Division, Center for Satellite Applications and Research, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Schroeder, Wilfrid
    UMD/GEOG/LCRS > Land Cover and Remote Sensing, Geography Department, University of Maryland,
  • Qiu, Shuang
    DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/OSPO > Office of Satellite and Product Operations, Center for Satellite Applications and Research, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • NOAA JPSS Program Office
Originators
  • NOAA JPSS Program Office
Principal Investigators
  • Csiszar, Ivan
    DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/STAR/SMCD > Satellite Meteorology and Climatology Division, Center for Satellite Applications and Research, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Qiu, Shuang
    DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/OSPO > Office of Satellite and Product Operations, Center for Satellite Applications and Research, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Collaborators
  • Schroeder, Wilfrid
    UMD/GEOG/LCRS > Land Cover and Remote Sensing, Geography Department, University of Maryland,
Publishers
  • NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information
Theme keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
  • Earth Science > Biosphere > Ecological Dynamics > Fire Ecology > Fire Occurance
  • Earth Science > Human Dimensions > Natural Hazards > Wildfires
Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Essential Climate Variables (ECVs)
  • Terrestrial - Fire Disturbance
Data Center keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Data Center Keywords
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC > National Climatic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/STAR > Center for Satellite Applications and Research, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/OSPO > Office of Satellite and Product Operations, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Platform keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Platform Keywords
  • SUOMI-NPP > Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership
Instrument keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Instrument Keywords
  • VIIRS > Visible-Infrared Imager-Radiometer Suite
Place keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • Geographic Region > Global Land
Project keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Project Keywords
  • JPSS > Joint Polar Satellite System
  • NOAA OneStop Project
Data Resolution keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Temporal Data Resolution Keywords
  • Hourly - < Daily
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Horizontal Data Resolution Keywords
  • 500 meters - < 1 km
Stratum keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • Vertical Location > Land Surface
Use Constraints
  • Cite this dataset when used as a source: Csiszar, Ivan, Schroeder, Wilfrid, Qiu, Shuang, and NOAA JPSS Program Office (2012). NOAA JPSS Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) Active Fires Environmental Data Record (EDR) from IDPS. [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. [access date].
  • Use liability: NOAA and NCEI cannot provide any warranty as to the accuracy, reliability, or completeness of furnished data. Users assume responsibility to determine the usability of these data. The user is responsible for the results of any application of this data for other than its intended purpose.
Access Constraints
  • Distribution liability: NOAA and NCEI make no warranty, expressed or implied, regarding these data, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty. NOAA and NCEI cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in these data. If appropriate, NCEI can only certify that the data it distributes are an authentic copy of the records that were accepted for inclusion in the NCEI archives.
Fees
  • In most cases, electronic downloads of the data are free, however fees may apply for data certifications, copies of analog materials, and data distribution on physical media.
Lineage information for: dataset
Lineage Statement These data were produced by the JPSS Interface Data Processing Segment (IDPS) and are archived at the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI).
Processor
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/STAR > Center for Satellite Applications and Research, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Processing Steps
  • For a complete description of the processing steps, see the Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document and Data Flow Diagram.
  • 2012-10-01T00:00:00 - The Active Fires algorithm reached Beta maturity status.
  • 2013-08-01T00:00:00 - The Active Fires algorithm reached Provisional maturity status.
  • 2014-09-01T00:00:00 - The Active Fires algorithm reached Validated Stage 1 maturity status.
Processing Documents
    • JPSS STAR Science Documents
Source Datasets
  • NOAA JPSS Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) Sensor Data Record (SDR) from IDPS
    • NCEI landing page for JPSS-VIIRS-SDR
      Source Dataset landing page with general information and access links for the dataset.
    • Description of Source: Sensor Data Record (SDR) for VIIRS bands M13 and M15
    • Temporal extent used: 2012-02-07 to Present
    • Spatial extent used: N:90 S:-90 E:180 W:-180
Lineage information for: repository
Processing Steps
  • 2015-04-22T00:00:00 - NOAA created the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) by merging NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC), and National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), including the National Coastal Data Development Center (NCDDC), per the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, Public Law 113-235. NCEI launched publicly on April 22, 2015.
Last Modified: 2018-08-20
For questions about the information on this page, please email: ncei.orders@noaa.gov