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Boreal Forest Fire Observations and MODIS NDVI

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."

More information on the Fire Information for Resource Management (FIRMS) is available at http://maps.geog.umd.edu/firms/

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This animation shows fires over NDVI in the Boreal region in Eurasia from July 2002 through July 2011.  This still image is from August 15, 2006.    This animation shows fires over NDVI in the Boreal region in Eurasia from July 2002 through July 2011. This still image is from August 15, 2006.
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Colortable showing MODIS fire pixels. The number colorized is MODIS MCD14ML T21 Brightness temperature minus the T31 Brightness temperature.
   Colortable showing MODIS fire pixels. The number colorized is MODIS MCD14ML T21 Brightness temperature minus the T31 Brightness temperature.

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Colortable showing MODIS' 16 Day Composite NDVI
   Colortable showing MODIS' 16 Day Composite NDVI

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Active fires and vegetation index for July 15, 2002.    Active fires and vegetation index for July 15, 2002.

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Active fires and vegetation index for September 15, 2002.    Active fires and vegetation index for September 15, 2002.

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Active fires and vegetation index for December 15, 2002.    Active fires and vegetation index for December 15, 2002.

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Active fires and vegetation index for March 15, 2003.    Active fires and vegetation index for March 15, 2003.

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Active fires and vegetation index for July 15, 2003.    Active fires and vegetation index for July 15, 2003.

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Active fires and vegetation index for September 15, 2003.    Active fires and vegetation index for September 15, 2003.

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Active fires and vegetation index for December 15, 2003.    Active fires and vegetation index for December 15, 2003.

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Active fires and vegetation index for March 15, 2004.    Active fires and vegetation index for March 15, 2004.

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Active fires and vegetation index for July 15, 2004.    Active fires and vegetation index for July 15, 2004.

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Active fires and vegetation index for September 15, 2004.    Active fires and vegetation index for September 15, 2004.

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Active fires and vegetation index for December 15, 2004.    Active fires and vegetation index for December 15, 2004.

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Active fires and vegetation index for March 15, 2005.    Active fires and vegetation index for March 15, 2005.

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Active fires and vegetation index for July 15, 2005.    Active fires and vegetation index for July 15, 2005.

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Active fires and vegetation index for September 15, 2005.    Active fires and vegetation index for September 15, 2005.

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Active fires and vegetation index for December 15, 2005.    Active fires and vegetation index for December 15, 2005.

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Active fires and vegetation index for March 15, 2006.    Active fires and vegetation index for March 15, 2006.

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Active fires and vegetation index for July 15, 2006.    Active fires and vegetation index for July 15, 2006.

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Active fires and vegetation index for September 15, 2006.    Active fires and vegetation index for September 15, 2006.

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Active fires and vegetation index for December 15, 2006.    Active fires and vegetation index for December 15, 2006.

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Active fires and vegetation index for March 15, 2007.    Active fires and vegetation index for March 15, 2007.

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Active fires and vegetation index for July 15, 2007.    Active fires and vegetation index for July 15, 2007.

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Active fires and vegetation index for September 15, 2007.    Active fires and vegetation index for September 15, 2007.

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Active fires and vegetation index for December 15, 2007.    Active fires and vegetation index for December 15, 2007.

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Active fires and vegetation index for March 15, 2008.    Active fires and vegetation index for March 15, 2008.

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Active fires and vegetation index for July 15, 2008.    Active fires and vegetation index for July 15, 2008.

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Active fires and vegetation index for September 15, 2008.    Active fires and vegetation index for September 15, 2008.

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Active fires and vegetation index for December 15, 2008.    Active fires and vegetation index for December 15, 2008.

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Active fires and vegetation index for March 15, 2009.    Active fires and vegetation index for March 15, 2009.

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Active fires and vegetation index for July 15, 2009.    Active fires and vegetation index for July 15, 2009.

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Active fires and vegetation index for December 15, 2009.    Active fires and vegetation index for December 15, 2009.

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Active fires and vegetation index for March 15, 2010.    Active fires and vegetation index for March 15, 2010.

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Active fires and vegetation index for March 15, 2011.    Active fires and vegetation index for March 15, 2011.

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Active fires and vegetation index for July 15, 2011.    Active fires and vegetation index for July 15, 2011.

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Short URL to This Page:http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?3869
Animation Number:3869
Completed:2011-11-01
Animators:Lori Perkins (NASA/GSFC) (Lead)
 Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC)
Producer:Kayvon Sharghi (USRA)
Scientists:Chris Justice (University of Maryland)
 Louis Giglio (SSAI)
Writer:Adam P Voiland (Wyle Information Systems)
Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets:Terra and Aqua/MODIS/Fire Location
 Terra and Aqua/MODIS/Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI)
Data Collected:July 2002 thorugh July 2011
Series:Fires
 Multisensor Fire Observations
 NDVI
 Agriculture Animations - Fires
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio
 
Keywords:
DLESE >> Atmospheric science
DLESE >> Forestry
SVS >> HDTV
DLESE >> Natural hazards
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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