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Fire Observations - As the World Turns

From space, we can understand fires in ways that are impossible from the ground. NASA research has contributed to much improved detection of fire for scientific purposes using satellite remote sensing and geographic information systems. This has helped advance our understanding of the impacts of fire in many areas of earth science, including atmospheric chemistry and the impacts on protected areas. This research has led to the development of a rapid response system widely used throughout the world for both natural resource management and for firefighting by providing near real-time information. In this animation of fires around the globe in 2007, each red dot marks a new fire. From brush fires in Africa to forest fires in North America, satellites are locating every significant fire on Earth to within one kilometer. More information on the Fire Information for Resource Management (FIRMS) is available at
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Fires around the world from Jan 1 through Dec 31, 2007.    Fires around the world from Jan 1 through Dec 31, 2007.
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Fires on June 7, 2007    Fires on June 7, 2007

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Animation Number:3597
Animators:Lori Perkins (NASA/GSFC) (Lead)
 Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC)
Producer:Michelle Williams (UMBC)
Scientists:Chris Justice (University of Maryland)
 Louis Giglio (SSAI)
 Inbal Becker Reshef (University of Maryland)
Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets:Terra and Aqua/MODIS/Fire Location (Jan 1, 2007 through Dec 31, 2007)
 10-meter DEM
 Earth Probe/TOMS/Aerosol Index
 Gridded Population of the World (Version 3 Beta)
Data Collected:2001/10/01 - 2002/09/30
 Multisensor Fire Observations
 Agriculture Animations - Fires
Goddard TV Tape:G2008-042HD -- HD Fires, Ozone, and Air Quality RT
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DLESE >> Atmospheric science
SVS >> Biscuit
DLESE >> Forestry
SVS >> Hayman
DLESE >> Natural hazards
SVS >> Rodeo
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Biosphere >> Ecological Dynamics >> Fire Occurrence
SVS >> For Educators
SVS >> Fire
SVS >> Ecosystems
SVS >> Natural Disaster
SVS >> Natural Disaster >> Fire

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