FIREX-AQ Prelaunch Data Visualization

  • Released Thursday, July 18, 2019
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This data visualization starts with an overview of the United States west coast. As we zoom into several California wildfires, MODIS data dissolves in to show some of the low-lying smoke resulting from these fires. The camera then pans across the United States, slowly revealing CALIPSO swath passes as they dissect the atmosphere. Throughout most of the journey CALIPSO picks up many aerosol signatures as shown in the more opaque portions of the curtain.

The FIREX-AQ mission will track fire emissions as they travel across the United States. Please visit the FIREX-AQ website for more information.


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Release date

This page was originally published on Thursday, July 18, 2019.
This page was last updated on Wednesday, November 15, 2023 at 12:13 AM EST.

Datasets used in this visualization

  • Total Attenuated Backscatter [CALIPSO: CALIOP]

    ID: 583
    Sensor: CALIOP Dates used: 8/6/2018, 8/8/2018, 8/10/2018, 8/12/2018, 8/14/2018, 8/16/2018, 8/18/2018, 8/20/2018, 8/22/2018
  • True Color (Band Combination 1, 4, 3) [Terra and Aqua: MODIS]

    ID: 649
    Sensor: MODIS Dates used: 8/2/2018 - 8/24/2018
  • [GOES-16: ABI]

    ID: 978
    Sensor: ABI Dates used: 8/2/2018 - 8/24/2018

    Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) has 16 spectral bands, including two visible channels, four near-infrared channels and ten infrared channels. It is nearly identical to the imagers on Himawari 8 and Himawari 9.

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  • Fire Pixels [Suomi NPP: VIIRS]

    ID: 1053
    Type: Analysis Sensor: VIIRS Dates used: 8/2/2018 - 8/24/2018

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