It’s a well-known fact that climate change has led to an increase in the frequency and virulence of wildfires. In fact, this is even backed up by data from NASA. But this data has now been made more accessible and easier to understand than ever before thanks to a web application developed by Luxoft volunteers called Fire Radar.

This intuitive and powerful web app takes NASA data and presents it with a focus on high-quality UI and UX to provide clear, quantitative data so that this ecological phenomenon can be researched and tracked in one simple location. The application provides a picture of the scale of wildfires the world over and lets users track data based on country, risk level, and other additional facets to enable users to discover where and when help is needed as well as to create a data-based underpinning for future models to predict wildfires. Not only that, but this application’s simple approach to data presentation can also help activists shine a light on this important ecological issue.

As for the application’s origins, Polina Solodovnikova, the Project Manager of the Luxoft Horizon Team, said, “Looking at news headlines, it became clear that, with global warming, fires are becoming more dangerous than ever. It is crucial to have a method of monitoring of the situation globally, both for tourism and to help people mitigate repercussions from fire disasters. We were inspired by the help that Australia got in 2019. We understand that it’s not a cure in and of itself and that it depends on people’s engagement as well as local and global efforts to help nature and society recover.”

It is carrying out this mission through its wealth of features including:

  • Verified high-precision NASA data updated daily
  • Interchangeable world map views with a quick country search and fast navigation 
  • Two main alert views that can be used for different types of statistics analysis:
    • Heatmap: used to discover countries with the highest total number of fire alerts 
    • Exact fire alert locations that provide a precise understanding of affected regions
  • The top-five countries with the highest number of alerts registered on a defined day or period
  • Country selection to check on the statistics of the following indicators:
    • Number of fire alerts per selected interval with an approximate size of affected area in square km
    • Trends in the previous week’s/month’s fire activity

Luxoft is proud to be home to this group of dedicated volunteers and was glad to help the team out with a grant from its CSR Incubator project, a voluntary grant program that offers financial support to employees who want to contribute to social development at Luxoft and in their local communities. Since 2017, the CSR Incubator has collected more than 200 ideas and realized more than 50 projects worldwide. That means there’s more to come from Luxoft, and more to come from this team of dedicated experts, so the future meshing of IT and social responsibility is looking bright.

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