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Carbon Emissions from Fires: Jan 2003 - Jan 2022

This visualization uses the Global Fire Emissions Database version 4 to show the weekly carbon emissions from fires from January 2003 through January 2022. The data has a spatial resolution of 0.25 degrees in both latitude and longitude. The monthly fire carbon emissions with small fires from the GFED4s dataset was multiplied by the daily fractional contribution to get the daily carbon emission. This was summed over each 7-day period beginning on January 1st each year. Day of year 365 (and day 366 in leap years) was not included.

The perceptually uniform color scales used in this visualization were developed by Peter Koversi and are available here. See Peter Kovesi. Good Colour Maps: How to Design Them. arXiv:1509.03700 [cs.GR] 2015 for additional information.

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Visualization Credits

Lead Visualizer:
Cindy Starr (GST)

Doug C. Morton (NASA/GSFC)

Kel Elkins (USRA)
Helen-Nicole Kostis (USRA)
Alex Kekesi (GST)
Mark SubbaRao (NASA/GSFC)

Project Support:
Eric Sokolowsky (GST)
Eytan Kaplan (NASA/GSFC)

Technical Support:
Laurence Schuler (ADNET)
Ian Jones (ADNET)

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NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio

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Data Used:
Global Fire Emissions Database, Version 4.1 also referred to as: GFED4s
Data Compilation
This fourth version of the Global Fire Emissions Database (GFED4s) provides monthly burned area, fire carbon (C) and dry matter (DM) emissions, and the contribution of different fire types to these emissions in order to calculate trace gas and aerosol emissions using emission factors.
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.

DLESE >> Atmospheric science
SVS >> Carbon
DLESE >> Environmental science
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Air Quality >> Emissions
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Biosphere >> Ecological Dynamics >> Fire Characteristics
SVS >> Hyperwall
SVS >> Science On a Sphere
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