CHAPTER 6

 
 
 
 
 
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DISASTER RISK REDUCTION

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

CHAPTER 6

 
 
 
 

THE GLOBAL WILDFIRE

INFORMATION SYSTEM (GWIS)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

(GWIS) provides services for global early warning and monitoring of wildfires, whose impacts are aggravated by climate change.

Fires have recently affected areas across Australia, Indonesia, Brazil, Europe and the USA.  GWIS produces near-real-time estimates of the effect of wildfires globally, and assesses their impact against wildfire trends and regimes in countries, with time-series data from 2001 to the present.

Its data services follow international standard data sharing protocols. Examples of GWIS wildfire products are available at its web site, including fires in the Arctic Circle, California, the Amazon region, and Europe. 

Wildfire science is at a loss for comprehensive data: An international monitoring initiative is crucial for understanding wildfires and reducing their damage

 

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