New NASA Campaign Tracks Wildfire Smoke for Improved Air Quality Forecasts Live Shots

  • Released Tuesday, August 6, 2019

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1. We all know NASA as a space agency. How can NASA’s unique perspective inform us about wildfires?

2. NASA researchers are in the field right now tracking smoke from wildfires. What are they seeing from the air and ground?

3. This June was the hottest June on record, with early data pointing to July being the warmest month on record. What impact has that had on this year’s fire season?

4. When you think of wildfires, you usually associate that with the western part of the U.S. How can wildfires affect us throughout the world?

5. How does a changing planet contribute to longer and hotter wildfires?

6. Where can people learn more?

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New NASA Campaign Tracks Wildfire Smoke for Improved Air Quality Forecasts
Record-Breaking Heat Conditions Set the Stage for Hotter and Longer Fires Ahead

This summer, fires have raged through hundreds of thousands of acres across North America, polluting the air we breathe. The smoke from these wildfires can even cross the Atlantic Ocean and travel around the globe. This summer, NASA researchers are in the field taking on the most comprehensive campaign in the continental United States to investigate fast-traveling wildfire smoke to improve air quality forecasting. Click here for link to this feature in Spanish

This past June was the warmest June on record, and early data indicates that July of 2019 was the hottest month ever recorded. These hotter and drier conditions set the stage for more intense wildfires that can bring dangerous smoke to a city near you.

Chat with NASA scientists on Thursday, August 8 from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST to find out more about what NASA is doing to track smoke and its impact on your local community.

From its unique vantage point in space, NASA serves as one of the first fire detectors. With NASA’s latest satellite technology, we can help firefighters and forest managers combat fires by tracking wildfire movement and impact in real-time.

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Location for interviews is NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

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The DC-8, the largest plane participating in the FIREX-AQ campaign, is tasked with flying through smoke from wildfires to capture data on as many as 500 chemicals in a single plume. Listen as the DC-8 takes off for its 6-hour flight over a wildfire burning in Idaho.

Canned interview with NASA Scientist Dr. Elizabeth Hoy. Answers are separated by slates. TRT 3:43

Canned interview with NASA Scientist Dr. Elizabeth Hoy talking about wildfires in Alaska and how NASA is studying those wildfires with its ABoVE mission. Answers are separate by a second of black. TRT 1:56

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This page was originally published on Tuesday, August 6, 2019.
This page was last updated on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 1:45 PM EDT.


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