Visualizing Fire Emissions in Upper South East Asia

Visualizin Fire

Visualization of fire radiative power at wildlandfire.thairen.net.th

Webster University Thailand Computer Science students gave a presentation “Visualizing Fire Emissions in Upper South East Asia” at the Asia Pacific Advanced Network (APAN) conference on Feb 2. Ms. Prashanti Pokharel and Ms. Pragati Kharel have been working as interns in the fire emissions visualization project and developing its web interface since last year. The APAN51 conference’s Disaster Mitigation Workgroup was the first forum where the achievements of the project were demonstrated.

APAN51 

APAN51

The fire emissions visualization project started in early 2020 as a collaboration between Dr. Veerachai Tanpipat (A former Advisor to Director General of The Royal Forest Department and a current Advisor to DG of The Pollution Control Department Thailand) and Webster University Thailand. Through the collaboration with Thai Research and Education Network (ThaiREN), the Office of Information Technology Administration for Educational Development (UniNet) gave the project computing resources using which the data visualizations and their web interfaces have been built. The first prototype was built by Mr. Sinjan Pokharel.

Royal Forrest Department 

Visiting The Royal Forest Department, from the left, Dounrit Ruithaiarunrat (Director of Forest Fire Control Division), Sinjan Pokharel, Marko Niinimaki and Veerachai Tanpipat.

 Ms. Kharel and Ms. Pokharel have built an interactive user interface for browsing the data resources, maps and charts on the site. The data on which the visualizations are based on  Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) Global Fire Assimilation System (GFAS). The aim of the project is to provide resources both for scientists and interested laypersons. The next steps in the development are multi-lingual interfaces and expanding the maps to a larger area in Asia.