08 Jul '18, 9am

Forecasting Fire

January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2017 When we look at Earth from above, fires freckle the landscape. Vegetation fires can all appear similar, but the causes—wild or manmade—can be quite different. Some are started by lightning, others by people clearing the land for farming, and still more by accident. The intensity and duration of fires are influenced by the type of vegetation, the dryness of the landscape and weather, and wind speeds. NASA researchers recently created a model that analyzes various weather factors that lead to the formation and spread of fires. The Global Fire Weather Database (GFWED) accounts for local winds, temperatures, and humidity, while also being the first fire prediction model to include satellite–based precipitation measurements. Predicting the intensity of fires is important because smoke can affect air quality and increase the amount of greenhou...

Full article: https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/92367?src=eoa-io...

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