Tutorials / Ingest FIRMS WMS into QGIS and Customize the Symbols

This tutorial demonstrates how to ingest FIRMS fire data into QGIS and custom modify symbols, colors and size. (tested on QGIS v 3.4)


Step 1 - Open Data Source Manager

  • Launch QGIS
  • Open 'Layer -> Data Source Manager'
  • or use the shortcut icon in the toolbar

Step 2 - Create New Connection

  • On the left side select 'WMS/WMTS'
  • Click on 'New' to create new connection

Step 3 - Specify Connection Parameters

  • For URL enter: https://firms.modaps.eosdis.nasa.gov/wms?MAP_KEY=YOUR_MAP_KEY
  • Replace YOUR_MAP_KEY with MAP_KEY value sent to your email
  • To customize symbols for URL enter: https://firms.modaps.eosdis.nasa.gov/wms?MAP_KEY=YOUR_MAP_KEY&symbols=triangle&size=10&colors=20+200+100
  • Select both Ignore options as shown in the image below
  • *note: symbols, colors and size are optional
  • Click here for customization details

Step 4 - Select FIRMS Layer

  • Click on 'Connect' to get the list of available FIRMS layers
  • Choose layer of your interest
  • Use PNG for transparent imagery

Step 5 - Customize Color

  • Open Layer Properties
  • Set 'Symbology' option
  • Click on 'Colorize' options which will open color picker menu
  • Choose your color and click 'OK'

Step 6 - View Results

  • The map will display custom symbology