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May 10, 2013 - LDCM Already Helping Assess Burn Severity
A wildfire that started on May 2 near Camarillo in southern California was captured by the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM), the newest Landsat satellite, as it passed over the Springs Fire on May 4. The false-color image from LDCM's Operational Land Imager (OLI) reveals the extent of the burned area in comparison to the March 2010 Landsat 5 image of the same area. Unburned vegetation appears dark green and burned areas are red, with the most severely burned areas the darkest. Satellite data such as the above are used to develop burn severity maps, often within hours of a wildfire, helping crews on the ground evaluate possible flood and landslide risks. To learn more about how scientists assess burn severity with satellite images, go to http://mtbs.gov/.
Additional information about these Landsat images can be found athttp://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=81085.