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Fires in Greece

Wednesday, 29 August 2007

Type of Event:
Fires
Location of Event:
Greece
Date of Charter Activation:
29/08/2007 11:03 UTC
Charter Requestor:
General Secretariat for Civil Protection of Greece
Project Management:

Description of the event

Severe fires swept through many areas of Greece during the summer of 2007, burning 2700 km2 of forest and farmland and causing 87 deaths.

In response to the request from the Department of Emergency Planning and Response of the Greek Civil Protection concerning the severe fire events that affected their territory since 21 August, the European Space Agency (ESA) has taken the responsibility of the Charter Project Management, and, in collaboration with the Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (the French Space Agency, CNES), have organised a team of value adding organisations to deliver crisis mapping products. This group is based on Greek, French and German partners; for instance, the Institute for Space Applications and Remote Sensing of the National Observatory of Athens, under contract to ESA within the RISK-EOS GMES Service Element project; SERTIT, with support from CNES; the German DLR ZKI organisation, another partner of RISK-EOS.

A series of EO based crisis/damage mapping products have been generated using a variety of Earth Observation sensors, such as, in the early phase of activation, Medium Resolution Optical data from ENVISAT MERIS, DMC (incl. Nigeriasat-1), Landsat, SAC-C, SPOT and FORMOSAT.

Fires in Sparta

Source: Envisat MERIS; DMC Nigeria-Sat-1; Landsat , 300m/pixel resolution.
Acquired: 28-30/08/2007; 01/09/2007 Damage mapping product generated by SERTIT using Landsat, Envisat MERIS Full Resolution and DMC imagery acquired during the event (respectively on 28 and 30 August and 1 September 2007). Within the burnt areas contour, the crisis imagery is shown, including smoke around active fires. EO Data copyright: USGS, ESA, NASDRA/DMCii; Credits: SERTIT; CNES; International Charter. EO Data

Copyright: ESA, DMCii 2007, credit USGS 2007 Image processing, map created 02/09/2007 by SERTIT.

Fire Locations

Source: Envisat MERIS FR, 300m/pixel resolution.
Acquired: 21-30/08/2007 Burnt areas and vegetation index over vector layers showing roads, inland water and urban areas. EO Data

Copyright: ESA 2007 Image processing, map created 02/09/2007 by SERTIT.

Greece Stira Burnt Areas

Source: DMC Nigeria-Sat-1; Landsat , 300m/pixel resolution.
Acquired: 01/09/2007 Final damage mapping product generated by DLR showing the burnt areas contour overlaid on a pre-crisis Landsat background image. The contour was derived using DMC Nigeria-Sat-1 imagery of the burnt area on 1 September 2007. EO Data copyright: NASDRA/DMCii, USGS; Credits: DLR ZKI; ESA; International Charter; RISK EOS.

Copyright: DMCii 2007, credit USGS 2007 Image processing, map created 02/09/2007 by DLR.

Fire Locations

Source: Envisat MERIS FR, 300m/pixel resolution.
Acquired: 21-30/08/2007 First assessment of burnt areas generated by SERTIT using Envisat MERIS Full Resolution data from 21 and 30 August 2007 and an overview of the 16 areas of the total damage mapping work conducted by the coordinated European providers group. EO Data copyright: ESA

Copyright: SERTIT; ESA; CNES; International Charter. EO Data Credit: Copyright ESA 2007 Image processing, map created 02/09/2007 by SERTIT.