21 Oct '11, 1pm

NASA videos give virtual tour of Earth’s fires from space #nasa

21 Oct 2011: NASA Videos Give Virtual Tour of Earth’s Fires from Space NASA has released a series of videos illustrating the tens of millions of fires that have occurred worldwide over the last decade, from the seasonal burns that torch stretches of African savanna each year to the rampant fires that devastated western Russia in 2010. The visualizations — which were created using satellite data, aircraft and ground resources, and NASA’s MODerate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) technology — provide a glimpse of the huge impact that fires have on the global environment each year. They also provide critical insights into where and how the distribution of fires is responding to climate change and population growth, says Chris Justice, a University of Maryland researcher who leads NASA’s efforts to study the planet’s fires using the MODIS technology. One video take...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/digest/nasa_videos_give_virtual_tour...

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