Fluke cameras help provide temperature data in Yellowstone National Park

  • August 06, 2018
  • Fluke Corporation
  • Case Study
Fluke cameras help provide temperature data in Yellowstone National Park
Fluke cameras help provide temperature data in Yellowstone National Park

August 6, 2018 – YELLOWSTONE LIVE, shows the Yellowstone park’s ecosystem in real-time over a four night period. With more geysers in the park than any other place on earth, the production team from Plimsoll Productions wanted to tell the story with as much detail as possible. They turned to Fluke infrared cameras to provide the temperature data to demonstrate the power and heat generated by these and other thermal activities at the park — including a thermal aerial view of Old Faithful erupting.

“With more than 10,000 hydrothermal features, over half of all the world’s geysers are in Yellowstone Park,” said Peter Fison, producer for Plimsoll Productions. “We had the Fluke cameras so we could see when these jets come up they can reach hundreds of degrees Fahrenheit hot. When you look at them with your eyes you can see the steam and the water, but you never get an idea of how hot they are. By using the thermal camera we can reveal to people how powerful the [geyser] is.”

With 34 live cameras filming more than 22 million acres, across three states, two national parks, five national forests and the most remote wilderness in the lower 48 states, YELLOWSTONE LIVE reveals this ecosystem as never seen before.

“On a normal shoot we can film these geysers and volcanic features and you can see it with your eyes, but it doesn’t tell the full story,” said Fison. “The full story is about volcanic heat and we can see that with thermal cameras. The camera can tell us the hottest part of the spout, and that it’s over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. “The Fluke camera gave us a way to see a bigger picture on these volcanic features. It has a real simple interface. You can point to where the hottest bit is and where the least hot bit is and I think that’s a simple concept for the audience to get. Even when we’re filming the mist and fog of morning when you can’t see anything, a thermal camera sees something new.”

The Fluke TiX580 Infrared Camera, part of the Expert Series of Fluke imagers, measures temperatures from -20 ÀöC to +80 ÀöC (-4 ÀöF to +1472 ÀöF) and features a rotating 5.7 inch touchscreen with 150% more viewing area than a 3.5 inch screen, allowing users to see more detail while in the field. With cameras ranging from the Performance Series, the Professional Series, or the Expert Series that delivers up to 1280 x 960 with resolution on a large screen, Fluke infrared cameras are built tough for use in any environment — even the largest concentration of thermal activity in the world.

YELLOWSTONE LIVE, hosted by TV journalist Josh Elliott, begins on Sunday, August 5th at 9:00pm Eastern Time/6:00pm Pacific Time on National Geographic and will continue every night through August 8th.

About Fluke

Founded in 1948, Fluke Corporation is a leader in compact, professional electronic test tools and software for measuring and condition monitoring. Fluke customers are technicians, engineers, electricians, maintenance managers, and metrologists who install, troubleshoot, and maintain industrial, electrical, and electronic equipment and calibration processes. 

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