Mapping the Fire Intensity Record for United States (2000 through 2013)

This visualization displays the MODIS Climate Modeling Grid (CMG) Mean Fire Radiative Power (FRP). The CMG fire products incorporate MODIS active fire data into gridded statistical summaries of fire pixel information intended for use in regional and global modeling. The products are currently generated at 0.5 degree spatial resolution. Many of the lower intensity fires shown in red were prescribed fires, lit for either agricultural or ecosystem management purposes. Orange indicates fires that were more intense with the most intense FRP being shown in yellow. Most of these intense fires occurred in the western United States, where lightning and human activity often sparks blazes that firefighters cannot contain.

Visualization Credits

Lori Perkins (NASA/GSFC): Lead Animator
Alison Schuyler Ogden (NASA/GSFC): Producer
Michelle Handleman (USRA): Producer
Louis Giglio (University of Maryland): Scientist
Chris Justice (University of Maryland): Scientist
Doug C. Morton (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Laurence Schuler (ADNET Systems, Inc.): Project Support
Ian Jones (ADNET Systems, Inc.): Project Support
Patrick Lynch (Wyle Information Systems): Writer
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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

Science Paper:
Giglio, L., I. Csiszar, and C. O. Justice (2006), Global distribution and seasonality of active fires as observed with the Terra and Aqua Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) sensors, J. Geophys. Res., 111, G02016, doi:10.1029/2005JG000142.

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Data Used:
Terra and Aqua/MODIS/MODIS Climate Modeling Grid November 2000 through June 2013

This item is part of these series:
Multisensor Fire Observations

DLESE >> Biology
DLESE >> Ecology
SVS >> Fire Management
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Climate Indicators
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Biosphere >> Ecological Dynamics >> Fire Characteristics
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Biosphere >> Ecological Dynamics >> Fire Occurrence
NASA Science >> Earth
SVS >> 2013 Fires

GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: 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