Global Fires 2015-2016 Visualizations

  • Released Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The 2016 wildfire season is off to a blazing start. To date, more than 29,000 wildfires have burned over 2.6 million acres in the United States alone. In other parts of the world, hot and dry conditions fueled by El Niño have primed places like the southern Amazon for heavy wildfire activity. Scientists say the region is the driest it’s been in more than a decade. Using data collected by satellites, NASA monitors fires across the globe. The space-based views of actively burning fires help fire managers on the ground locate potentially hazardous blazes. The observations also aid researchers in tracking the spread of smoke and ash from fires, which can significantly impact air quality. Watch the video to see a data visualization showing fires detected from space over the course of a year.

These visualizations were created for July 28, 2016 live shots and interviews.


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This page was originally published on Tuesday, August 16, 2016.
This page was last updated on Monday, July 15, 2024 at 12:05 AM EDT.


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Datasets used in this visualization

  • Active Fires from MODIS and VIIRS

    ID: 955
    Type: Data CompilationDates used: March 2015 - March 2016

    The active fires data is a combined data product using Terra and Aqua's MODIS data and NOAA's NPP VIIRS 375m data.

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