Earth in the News: Wildfires
Every year, hundreds of thousands of wildfires burn roughly 350 million hectares (850 million acres) of Earth’s land surface. Satellites in NASA’s Earth Observing System are used to monitor active fires, track smoke, and map burn scars. Satellite data help with recovery efforts, and help scientists understand interactions between fire and Earth’s land, air, water, vegetation, and wildlife.
Produced by the Space Telescope Science Institute’s Office of Public Outreach in collaboration with the NASA Earth Observatory: https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov.
- August 26: NASA Earth Observatory images by Lauren Dauphin and Joshua Stevens, using MODIS data from NASA EOSDIS/LANCE and GIBS/Worldview and GEOS-5 data from the Global Modeling and Assimilation Office at NASA GSFC. Story by Kasha Patel. https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/147182/august-fires-leave-vast-burn-scars-in-California
- September 1 NASA Earth Observatory images by Joshua Stevens, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey. Story by Kathryn Hansen. https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/147215/california-continues-to-burn
- September 7NASA Earth Observatory images by Lauren Dauphin, using MODIS and VIIRS data from NASA EOSDIS/LANCE and GIBS/Worldview. Story by Adam Voiland. https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/147250/a-smoky-inferno
- September 8: NASA Earth Observatory image by Lauren Dauphin, using MODIS data from NASA EOSDIS/LANCE and GIBS/Worldview. Caption by Adam Voiland. https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/147254/downslope-winds-fan-western-fires
- September 9: NASA Earth Observatory images by Lauren Dauphin, using MODIS data from NASA EOSDIS/LANCE and GIBS/Worldview. Caption by Adam Voiland. https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/147261/a-wall-of-smoke-on-the-us-west-coast
Adaptation of text and images to ViewSpace by Margaret W. Carruthers and Dani Player
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