Rapid Update Cycle (RUC) forecasts

September 20th, 2021

The rapid update cycle (RUC) methodology is designed to generate automated 24-h forecasts that are updated on an hourly basis. The purpose of RUC is to rapidly identify new fires and generate smoke intelligence for use in State Control Centres.  

RUC currently runs with the Himawari-8 geostationary satellite multispectral data which is available for the entire Australian region at 10 minute intervals at 1-2 km spatial resolution. Data latency is less than one hour.