Harwell, Oxfordshire, UK, 31 March 2020 – Rezatec, leading provider of satellite data analytics is deploying its unique satellite data technology to help the St. Johns River Water Management District map and monitor prescribed burn areas across large areas of Florida.
St. Johns, winners of the Thiess International River Prize, covers about 7.8 million acres of land, ensuring a long-term supply of drinking water, and protects and restores the health of water bodies in the district’s 18 counties in northeast and east-central Florida.
The St. Johns District uses the method of prescribed burning, alongside other methods, to help manage vegetation, which in turn helps with its flood management program.
Rezatec technology allows more accurate and timely mapping of prescribed burn areas through its satellite data analytics, as well as providing data to enable planning decisions on where future burns should be carried out throughout the district.
Traditionally, drones and planes were used on targeted areas, to evaluate the extent of the burn, however by switching to Rezatec’s satellite data analytics the district now has access to a frequently updated, holistic picture of the land it manages, which includes unplanned events such as wildfires. Because Rezatec’s analytics remove the need for frequent flights, there is a significant reduction in costs previously incurred from flying the aircraft and drones and, due to the frequency of updates that satellites provide, actionable intelligence is available far more often.
Rezatec was able to identify 100% of the prescribed burns that occurred and predicted over 80% of wildfires. The satellite analytics have also proven to be over 90% accurate in identifying the extent of the burn scar areas, enabling the district to have greater confidence in the solution.
Rezatec has a contract in place to continue monitoring the Florida peninsula, and access to Rezatec’s analytics will enable the district to support ongoing data-driven decisions to inform vegetation management and flood management operations.
“As one of the world’s leading provider of satellite data analytics, we’re thrilled to be helping the St. Johns River Water Management District and the state of Florida map and monitor both prescribed burns and wildfires.” commented Tim Vallings, Chief Commercial Officer at Rezatec.
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