Earth  ID: 2536

Fires over South America during 2001 and 2002

This animation shows fire activity over South America from 8/21/2001 to 8/20/2002. The fires are shown as tiny particles with each particle depicting the site at which a fire was detected. Daily fires are displayed at a rate of 10 days per second. The fire particles fade over 1.7 seconds and change color as they age from red to orange, yellow and gray.

Visualization Credits

Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC): Lead Animator
Cindy Starr (GST): Visualizer
Robert Sohlberg (University of Maryland): Scientist
Chris Justice (University of Maryland): Scientist
Please give credit for this item to:
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio. Fire location data courtesy of MODIS Rapid Response Project (NASA/GSFC and University of Maryland). The Blue Marble Next Generation data is courtesy of Reto Stockli (NASA/GSFC) and NASA's Earth Observatory.

Fire location data courtesy of MODIS Rapid Response Project (NASA/GSFC and University of Maryland -

The Blue Marble data is courtesy of Reto Stockli (NASA/GSFC).

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Data Used:
Terra and Aqua/MODIS/Fire Location 2001/08/21 - 2002/08/20
Terra and Aqua/MODIS/Blue Marble: Next Generation 1/1/2004 - 12/31/2004
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This item is part of this series:
Global Fires 2002

DLESE >> Atmospheric science
DLESE >> Forestry
DLESE >> Natural hazards
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Biosphere >> Ecological Dynamics >> Fire Occurrence
GCMD >> Location >> South America
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