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African Fires During 2002 (WMS)

This animation shows fire activity in Africa from January 1, 2002 to December 31, 2002. The fires are shown as tiny particles with each particle depicting the geographic region in which fire was detected. The color of a particle represents the number of days since a sizable amount of fire was detected in that region, with red representing less than 20 days, orange representing 20 to 40 days, yellow representing 40 to 60 days, and gray to black representing more than 60 days. This data was measured by the MODIS instrument on the Terra satellite. MODIS detects fires by measuring the brightness temperature of a region in several frequency bands and looking for hot spots where this temperature is greater than the surrounding region.

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Visualization Credits

Eric Sokolowsky (GST): Lead Animator
Cindy Starr (GST): Visualizer
Robert Sohlberg (University of Maryland): Scientist
Chris Justice (University of Maryland): Scientist
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Data Used:
Terra and Aqua/MODIS/Fire Location
2002/01/01 - 2002/12/31
Fire location data courtesy of MODIS Rapid Response Project (NASA/GSFC and University of Maryland -
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GCMD >> Earth Science >> Biosphere >> Ecological Dynamics >> Fire Occurrence
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Human Dimensions >> Natural Hazards >> Fires
GCMD >> Location >> Africa
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SVS >> Destruction of Habitats
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