Articles | Volume 20, issue 4
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 1097–1106, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-20-1097-2020
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 1097–1106, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-20-1097-2020

Research article 24 Apr 2020

Research article | 24 Apr 2020

Satellite hydrology observations as operational indicators of forecasted fire danger across the contiguous United States

Alireza Farahmand et al.

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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by editor and referees) (28 Dec 2019) by Vassiliki Kotroni
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ED: Publish as is (08 Mar 2020) by Vassiliki Kotroni
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Wildfires result in billions of dollars of losses each year. Most wildfire predictions have a 10 d lead-time. This study introduces a framework for a 1-month lead-time prediction of wildfires based on vapor pressure deficit and surface soil moisture in the US. The results show that the model can successfully predict burned area with relatively small margins of error. This is especially important for operational wildfire management such as national resource allocation.
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