Active Fires As Observed by VIIRS, 2012-2018
Global Fires, 2012-2018
This visualization shows active fires as observed by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite, or VIIRS, from 2012 to 2018. The VIIRS instrument flies on the Joint Polar Satellite System’s Suomi-NPP and NOAA-20 polar-orbiting satellites. Instruments on polar orbiting satellites typically observe a wildfire at a given location a few times a day as they orbit the Earth from pole to pole. VIIRS detects hot spots at a resolution of 375 meters per pixel, which means it can detect smaller, lower temperature fires than other fire-observing satellites. Its observations are about three times more detailed than those from the MODIS instrument, for example. VIIRS also provides nighttime fire detection capabilities through its Day-Night Band, which can measure low-intensity visible light emitted by small and fledgling fires.
This visualization uses a moving five-day average of measured brightness temperature to present a qualitative view of fire intensities around the globe.
Global Fires, No Dates 2012-2018
Global Fires, Dates Only
Global Fires, Spherical
Global Fires, Hyperwall Size
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Datasets used in this visualization
Terra and Aqua BMNG (Blue Marble: Next Generation)ID: 508Collected with MODIS
Credit: The Blue Marble data is courtesy of Reto Stockli (NASA/GSFC).
This dataset can be found at: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Newsroom/BlueMarble/See all pages that use this dataset
Suomi NPP Fire PixelsID: 1053Analysis Collected with VIIRS NASA/GSFC
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