Global Wildfire Information System (GWIS)
Lead Agency:
  • European Commission
Partner Agency:
  • Group on Earth Observations
  • Copernicus
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Cataloging Information

  • active fires
  • burnt area
  • datasets
  • EFFIS - European Forest Fire Information System
  • fire danger forecasts
  • fire regimes
  • fire size distribution
  • GWIS - Global Wildfire Information System
  • lightning
  • remote sensing
Record Maintained By:
Record Last Modified: April 8, 2021
FRAMES Record Number: 63068


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 .