2021 MSRC Annual Report

Firemapping


In addition to our extensive Oil Spill Response portfolio, MSRC’s high-altitude Surveillance and Remote Sensing technology can be used to support wildfire detection and infrared mapping projects.

Using the Overwatch TK-7 sensor, our highly qualified GIS technicians can produce GIS-enabled fire maps to enhance your situational awareness and deliver actionable insight into hot-spots and the heat spectrum in an affected area.

Aircraft of Opportunity with TK-7 Sensor Package

Aircraft of Opportunity with TK-7 Sensor Package

TK-7 Sensor Mounted on Aircraft Undercarriage

TK-7 Sensor mounted on Aircraft Undercarriage


MSRC uses Aircraft of Opportunity (AOO) that have been pre-vetted to accept the TK-7 Sensor package. Raw imagery can be sent in near real time using available cellular networks, or within hours for an interpreted version which includes fire perimeter and heat classification maps.

The aircraft can conduct overflight operations during day or night conditions to provide heat differentials and visual contrast. The sensor performs multi-sensor step-stare mapping using three cameras: long-wave infrared, near infrared, and color. Captured images are stitched together to create a mosaic of the overflight area, geo-referenced to coordinates assigned to each individual pixel of the imaging.

Scanning mosaic

Mosaic created by step-stare scanning

Multispectral imaging can be transmitted immediately following the overflight to provide data for your tactical response decisions, and the sensor operator can view the collected imagery in real time to provide instantaneous insight. For a more detailed understanding of your situation’s evolution, our GIS Analysts are able to produce more detailed mapping products to inform your tactical decisions.

MSRC’s dedicated GIS Analysts manipulate the raw data output from the TK-7 sensor to provide intelligence about the fire perimeter, hot spots, heat spectrum, and calculation of the burn area. Growth of the fire can also be calculated over a 24-hour period. After the overflight operations have concluded, our analysts process the raw data into file formats which are compatible with mapping software such as Google Earth, Google Maps, and Esri products, including .kmz, .kml, and .shp. The GIS-enabled imagery can be overlayed onto your existing GIS layers to provide a comprehensive picture of the wildfire alongside your operational information. These maps can also be provided in static file formats such as PDF or JPEG for printing or sharing within or among response organizations, or in GeoTiffs for geo referencing purposes.

Firemap output example

Analyzed data static firemap output

For more information regarding MSRC’s Surveillance and Remote Sensing Services, please contact customer.service@msrc.org

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