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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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Lori Perkins (NASA/GSFC): Lead Animator
Kayvon Sharghi (USRA): Video Editor
Chris Justice (University of Maryland): Interviewee
Amber Soja (NASA/LaRC): Interviewee
Jim Randerson (University of California, Irvine): Interviewee
Jefferson Beck (USRA): Narrator
Kayvon Sharghi (USRA): Producer
Chris Justice (University of Maryland): Scientist
Louis Giglio (SSAI): Scientist
Luigi Boschetti Ph.D. (University Of Maryland College Park): Scientist
Rob Andreoli (AIMM): Videographer
Kayvon Sharghi (USRA): Writer
Adam P Voiland (Wyle Information Systems): Writer
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Data Used:
Terra and Aqua/MODIS/Fire Location
June 2002 through July 2011
Fire location data courtesy of MODIS Rapid Response Project (NASA/GSFC and University of Maryland -
Terra and Aqua/MODIS/Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) also referred to as: NDVI
NASA - June 2002 through July 2011
Terra and Aqua/MODIS/Pixel Reliability (value=2) also referred to as: Ice and Snow
Note: While we identify the data sets used in these visualizations, we do not store any further details nor the data sets themselves on our site.

This item is part of these series:
Narrated Movies

Goddard TV Tape:
G2011-110 -- Fires Package

SVS >> Fire Management
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Air Quality
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Human Dimensions >> Natural Hazards >> Fires
SVS >> Hyperwall
DLESE >> Narrated
SVS >> Biosphere >> Ecological Dynamics >> Fire Occurrence
NASA Science >> Earth

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