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doi:10.5194/amt-2016-314
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14 Nov 2016
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This discussion paper is under review for the journal Atmospheric Measurement Techniques (AMT).
Forest Fire Finder – DOAS application to long range forest fire detection
Rui Valente de Almeida1,2 and Pedro Vieira1,2 1NGNS - Ingenious Solutions, Rua Cidade de Évora, 11, 2660-022 Loures, Portugal
2Faculty of Science and Technology, NOVA University of Lisbon, Caparica Campus, 2829-516 Caparica, Portugal
Abstract. Fires are an important factor in shaping Earth's ecosystems. Plant and animal life, in almost every land habitat, are at least partially dependant on the effects of fire. However, their destructive force, which many times has proven itself uncontrollable, is one of our greatest concerns, effectively originating several policies in the most important industrialised regions of the globe.

This paper aims to comprehensively characterise the Forest Fire Finder (FFF), a forest fire detection system based mainly upon a spectroscopic technique called Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy (DOAS). The system is designed and configured with the goal of detecting higher-than-the-horizon smoke columns by measuring and comparing scattered sunlight spectra. The article covers hardware and software, as well as their interactions and specific algorithms for day mode operation. An analysis of data retrieved from several installations deployed in the course of the last five years, is also presented.

Finally, this document features a discussion on the most prominent future improvements planned for the system, as well as its ramifications and adaptations, such as a thermal imaging system for short range fire seeking or environmental quality control.


Citation: Valente de Almeida, R. and Vieira, P.: Forest Fire Finder – DOAS application to long range forest fire detection, Atmos. Meas. Tech. Discuss., doi:10.5194/amt-2016-314, in review, 2016.
Rui Valente de Almeida and Pedro Vieira
Rui Valente de Almeida and Pedro Vieira
Rui Valente de Almeida and Pedro Vieira

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This paper presents the Forest Fire Finder (FFF) System, a long range forest fire detection system. It works by detecting a smoke column above the horizon, by analysing the light that goes through it. In the article, you will find a technical description and an analysis of the behaviour of 13 of these devices, which were installed in a Portuguese national park. We conclude that the deployed FFF network managed to detect more that 200 fires, proving the system to be effective in fire detection.
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