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TRMM VIRS Monthly Fire Product

  The TRMM VIRS monthly active fire data set was produced by Louis Giglio and Jacqueline Kendall of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (Code 923 and Science Systems and Applications, Inc.) This monthly fire product is a coarse-resolution (0.5° x 0.5°) summary of fire activity derived from the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) Visible and Infrared Scanner (VIRS). As a consequence of the TRMM orbit, the data set covers the global area between latitudes 40°S and 40°N. Monthly products are available from January 1998 to August, 2004. The data will be updated every month throughout TRMM's life.

Temporal Coverage   Monthly from January 1998 to December, 2005
Spatial Coverage  0.5° latitude x 0.5° longitude, global (40°N-40°S)
Distribution Method  Anonymous FTP
(ftp://disc2.nascom.nasa.gov/data/TRMM/VIRS_Fire/data/)
Number of Files  1 file per month
Volume  3 MB per file
Documentation 
File Type: FITS (Flexible Image Transport System)
File Name (e.g., Jan. 1998)  virsfire-199801.fits
Read Software  Several software libraries in C , FORTRAN , and IDL
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