NASA’s pictures to be used to control forest fire

03 April 2019

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NEPAL -The government is to set up ‘Fire Control Room’ along with alert system to stop losses caused by forest fire every year.

A system is going to be developed in the room to provide information of forest fire to concerned local forest officers automatically on the basis of signal sent by Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) Satellite of NASA. Contact person at the Room, Sundar Sharma, said that the room would be brought into operation within a week.

The Ministry of Forest and Environment is going to establish the room at the Department of Forest and Soil Conservation with technical support of International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD).

The concerned forest officers would get the information related to forest fire soon after the pictures related to forest fire, sent continuously by NASA’s satellite at Google-Earth, are displayed in the monitor kept at the ‘Fire Control Room’.

Ninety-five per cent pictures sent by NASA are trustworthy. The Department claimed that the model going to be established for the first time in Nepal is the first model in South Asia. The task of installing the necessary technology at the Room has reached final phase.

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