A Look Back at a Decade of Fires
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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Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at 4:00AM
Datasets used in this visualization
Terra and Aqua Fire LocationID: 496Collected with MODIS June 2002 through July 2011
Credit: Fire location data courtesy of MODIS Rapid Response Project (NASA/GSFC and University of Maryland - http://rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov)See all pages that use this dataset
Terra and Aqua NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI))ID: 633Collected with MODIS NASA June 2002 through July 2011
Terra and Aqua Ice and Snow (Pixel Reliability (value=2))ID: 714Analysis Collected with MODIS
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