Global Wildfire Information System (GWIS)

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The Global Wildfire Information System is a joint initiative of the GEO and the Copernicus Work Programs. In the new GEO GWIS work program for the years 2020-2022 , the Global Wildfire Information System (GWIS) aims at bringing together existing information sources at regional and national level in order to provide a comprehensive view and evaluation of fire regimes and fire effects at global level and to provide tools to support operational wildfire management from national to global scales.

GWIS builds on the ongoing activities of the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS), the Global Terrestrial Observing System (GTOS) Global Observation of Forest Cover- Global Observation of Land Dynamics (GOFC-GOLD) Fire Implementation Team (GOFC Fire IT), and the associated Regional Networks, complementing existing activities that are on-going around the world with respect to wildfire information gathering. The development of GWIS is supported by the partner organizations and space agencies. Support to GWIS is provided by NASA through its GEO-GWIS activities in the ROSES program .

Currently, GWIS is made of three applications:

Current Situation Viewer
Provides fire danger forecast up to 10 days in advance, 1-day lightning forecast and near-real time information on active fires, burnt areas and emissions worldwide.
Country Profile
Provides historical overviews of fire regimes at country and sub-country level for the period 2002-2019. It includes maps of yearly/monthly burnt areas, burnt area frequency and seasonality. Furthermore, it presents single-year and multi-year charts of fires, fire size distribution, burnt areas and emissions, including data on landcover damage and fire seasonality.
Data & Services
Provides access to the data used in the GWIS applications. Data from the Current Situation Viewer are provided from the WMS (Web Map Service​)