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Deimos-1 satellite monitors the fire events that broke out in the island of La Gomera (Canary Islands)

(August 2012) Over the last few days, the Deimos-1 Earth Observation satellite, launched in space by Elecnor Deimos in July 2009, is monitoring the reactivation of the forest fire that broke out last Saturday on August the 4th, in the island of La Gomera. Fire flames have affected to a significantly important protected area of the National Park of Garajonay.

As can be seen in the image taken by Deimos-1 (Figure 1) on the 13th of August 2012 at 12:53 local time, the fire was reactivated and at least 10 smoke plumes (Figures 2 and 3) can be seen in the image. The smoke plumes imply new burned areas to be added to the surface that was significantly affected until the 9th of August. Damaged areas are easily detectable from space. The fire that broke out in La Gomera affects within part of the National Park of Garajonay, reserve of the nature declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986. The reserve of the nature is located north to the already burned area. By using background satellite data, before and during the fire, two images captured on the 9th and 11th of July 2012, at 12:26 and 12:30 local time correspondingly, Elecnor Deimos Imaging shows the burned area during this fire as well as its evolution since the starting (Figures 4 and 5).

Figure 1. Burned area in the island of La Gomera (Canary Islands), captured on the 13th of August 2012 by the satellite Deimos-1. (Archive: Fig_1_2012-08-13_Deimos1_True_Colour.jpg)
Figure 2. Smoke plumes over the new burned area in the island of La Gomera (Canary Islands), captured on the 13th of August 2012 by the satellite Deimos-1. (Archive: Fig_2_2012-08-13_Deimos1_Penachos.jpg)
Figure 3. Recount summarizing the number of smoke plumes over the new burned area in the island of La Gomera (Canary Islands), captured on the 13th of August 2012 by the satellite Deimos-1. The ellipse in blue shows a flame front and the circles in red show the smoke plumes detected. (Archive: Fig_3_2012-08-13_Deimos1_Resumen_Penachos.jpg)
Figure 4.Multitemporal composition that identifies the burned area from the beginning of the fire that broke out in the island of La Gomera (Canary Islands), to the 9th of August. As well as its evolution between the 9th and the 13th of August as detected by Deimos-1 images. (Archive: Fig_4_2012-08-13_Deimos1_Fire.jpg)
Figure 5. Multitemporal composition that identifies the burned area from the beginning of the fire that broke out in the island of La Gomera (Canary Islands), to the 9th of August. As well as its evolution between the 9th and the 13th of August as detected by Deimos-1 images (Greater detail). (Archive: Fig_5_2012-08-13_Detalle_Deimos1_Fire.jpg)

The Deimos-1 Earth Observation system, comprising the satellite and its whole ground segment, is fully owned by Elecnor Deimos, the technology division of Elecnor. Elecnor Deimos Imaging, the Remote Sensing branch of Elecnor Deimos, operates and manages all the assets of the mission in order to generate and market high-resolution images and derived products characterising Earth’s surface. Their use covers various applications, such as agriculture, environment monitoring, climate change, security, deforestation and water resources control, and the support to relief activities during natural disasters.

The imaging instrument on-board the Deimos-1 satellite produces images of the Earth surface in three different spectral bands with a detail of 22 metres, and a large swath that covers up to 620 km. The satellite circles the Earth 15 times per day, and is capable of acquiring an image of any area of the world every three days.

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