ARSET - Assessing the Impacts of Fires on Watershed Health

ARSET Training

This advanced-level training will focus on using remote sensing observations for monitoring post-fire impacts on watershed health. Specifically, this training will highlight uses of NASA Earth observations (EO) for pre-fire land cover mapping, watershed delineation and stream mapping, post-fire burn severity mapping, and pre- and post-fire riverine and freshwater water quality. This three-part training will highlight case studies that use remote sensing data for assessing the impacts of fires on watersheds. Likewise, this training will also provide participants with hands-on exercises for using NASA EO for these assessments within the Soil Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) and Google Earth Engine.

The course is divided in three sessions:

  1. July 6th - Satellite Observations and Tools for Fire Risk 
  2. July 11th - Earth Observations and the Soil & Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) for Assessing Post-Fire Water Quality in Watersheds
  3. July 13th - Using Google Earth Engine to Monitor Post-Fire Impacts

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By the end of the training, attendees will be able to:

  • Distinguish, compare, and contrast the biophysical conditions pre-and post-fire
  • Analyze the key fire science criteria to select the appropriate data from satellites/instruments for a given watershed
  • Acquire land use & land cover maps for the region of interest
  • Select river basin and sub-basin boundaries for their region of interest
  • Recognize how to develop a river basin-scale model using SWAT to simulate the quality and quantity of surface and groundwater

To register for the training, visit ARSET's website

The primary audience for this training consists of local, regional, state, federal, and international organizations involved in resource and ecosystem management and disaster response. The secondary audience for this training are those with an interest in applying remote sensing data toward fire science.