Direct integrated use of Land Surface Temperature data in Aratos Disaster Control management system

25 January 2017

ADC now includes a new service: Hourly updates of Land Surface Temperature (LST) as received from Eumetsat satellites. Land surface temperature is a measurement of how hot the land is to the touch and is different from the air temperature used in weather reports. LST values shown on ADC’s map interface are measured in Celsius degrees over areas of 3 square kilometers.

LST is strongly connected to the possibility of a fire starting and spreading and is useful as a monitoring means by civil protection services and local authorities for fire prevention. This new service is also important for scientist in the areas of climatology and geology. That is because LST is linked with air temperature, greenhouse effect, glacier’s melting and generally with vegetation. Finally, LST is useful for commercial farmers as a means of vegetation monitoring. During summer, LST values indicate the water requirements of crops and during winter, the LST maps can show where orange groves might have been exposed to frost damage.

Aratos Technologies has created the integrated system of natural disaster management Aratos Disaster Control (ADC). The system is designed for crisis management situations and is used as an ideal tool for depicting and monitoring hazards as well as assessing the damage after the crisis.

The system can detect the progress, almost in real time, as well as the history of past natural disasters (fires, earthquakes, landslides, etc.) for the user's area of interest and present the data in an interactive geographical map (GIS), 24x7.

ADC consists of an amalgam of various technologies such as satellite images and data as well as GNSS signals (Global Navigation Satellite System), which are combined in an integrated architecture, and delivers processed, meaningful information to the user and alerts via sms and emails.

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