The MODIS Rapid Response system has been developed to provide rapid access to MODIS data globally, with initial emphasis on 250m color composite imagery and active fire data. The experience gained during the Montana fires of 2000, when the MODIS team was asked to provide active fire information to the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), has led to the improvement and automation of several of the steps involved in MODIS rapid data provision. Imagery and data are now being provided to a number of users such as the USFS Remote Sensing Applications Center (RSAC), the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), the U.N. Global Fire Monitoring Center, and NASA's Earth Observatory. Incremental improvements are planned both for the user interface and the selection of products available from this site.
This research and development system is a contribution to the rapid prototyping of NASA's Applications data and information systems, providing data and information in support of decision making. The system builds on the experience gained with the MODIS Land 250m production and distribution system. The data delivery system is also being developed as a contribution to the implementation of the international Global Observation of Forest Cover/Global Observation of Landcover Dynamics (GOFC-GOLD).
The MODIS Rapid Response imagery augment the MODIS Standard Land Products, which can be obtained from the LP DAAC. Availabilty of MODIS Standard Land Products will lag behind current satellite acquisition by a few days but all the data used to create images in the Rapid Response System are available from the GSFC DAAC (Level 1B data) or the LP DAAC (Thermal Anomalies - MOD14/MYD14).
The MODIS Rapid Response Project is supported in part by NASA's Earth Science Applications Program, the MODIS Team Leader NASA/GSFC's Terrestrial Information Systems Branch. Start-up support provided by the USDA Forest Service's Remote Sensing Applications Center. Additional support provided by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
A press release announcing this NASA/UMd/USFS collaboration and the launch of the MODIS Rapid Response Project can be found at the NASA Earth Observatory.