A Look Back at a Decade of Fires

  • Released Thursday, October 20, 2011
  • Updated Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 1:26PM
  • ID: 10851

For more than a decade, instruments on Terra and Aqua, two of NASA's flagship Earth-observing satellites, have scanned the surface of our planet for fires four times a day. The instruments, both Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometers (MODIS), have revolutionized what scientists know about fire's role in land cover change, ecosystem processes, and the global carbon cycle by allowing researchers to map the characteristics and global distribution of fires in remarkable detail. The collection of videos below provides perspective on how global fires impact humans and our planet.


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Terra and Aqua Fire Location (Collected with the MODIS sensor)

Credit: 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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Terra and Aqua NDVI (A.K.A. Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI)) (Collected with the MODIS sensor)
NASAJune 2002 through July 2011
Terra and Aqua Ice and Snow (A.K.A. Pixel Reliability (value=2)) (Collected with the MODIS sensor)

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