NASA has released a series of new visualizations that show the locations of the millions fires detected by key fire-monitoring instruments on NASA satellites over the last decade. This visualization show fire observations made by MODerate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instruments on board the Terra and Aqua satellites in Europe and Asia from July 2002 through July 2011. "It's incredibly satisfying to see such a long record of fires visualized," said Chris Justice, a scientist from the University of Maryland who leads NASA's effort to use MODIS data to study the world's fires. "It's not only exciting visually, but what you see here is a very good representation of the data scientists use to understand the global distribution of fires and to determine where and how fires are responding to climate change and population growth."
Active fires and vegetation index for July 15, 2011.
Lori Perkins (NASA/GSFC): Lead Animator Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC): Animator Kayvon Sharghi (USRA): Producer Chris Justice (University of Maryland): Scientist Louis Giglio (SSAI): Scientist Adam P Voiland (Wyle Information Systems): Writer
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Fire location data courtesy of MODIS Rapid Response Project (NASA/GSFC and University of Maryland - http://rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov)
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Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version 18.104.22.168.0