Burning fields in Indonesia
Jul 30, 2013Using Landsat 8 to Locate Fires in Indonesia

In June, air pollution over Singapore and Malaysia spiked as forests in neighboring Sumatra (Indonesia) burned. Using NASA’s daily fire alerts and official national maps, the fires were located in the vicinity of oil palm and acacia tree plantations. However, the coarse resolution of the fire alerts coupled with outdated national maps, made it hard to establish culpability.

May 9, 2013Landsat Images Provide the Gold Standard for New Earth Applications

May 9, 2013 • Images from Landsat satellites provided free to the public by the Department of the Interior’s U.S. Geological Survey were the starting points for “a new breakthrough” reported today by Time and announced on the Official Google Blog. Using its Earth Engine technology, Google has compiled decades of Landsat images into a new, interactive time-lapse […]

Dec 4, 2012Climate Models Project Increase in U.S. Wildfire Risk

Dec 4, 2012 • Scientists using NASA satellite data and climate models have projected drier conditions likely will cause increased fire activity across the United States in coming decades. Other findings about U.S. wildfires, including their amount of carbon emissions and how the length and strength of fire seasons are expected to change under future […]

Aug 20, 2012Landsat Shows Yellowstone Burn Recovery

Aug 20, 2012 • A combination of lightning, drought and human activity caused fires to scorch more than one-third of Yellowstone National Park in the summer of 1988. Within a year, burn scars cast a sharp outline on the 793,880 acres affected by fire, distinguishing wide sections of recovering forest, meadows, grasslands and wetlands from […]

Kirtland's Warbler
Dec 9, 2011Satellite Data Shows that Kirtland’s Warblers Prefer Forests After Fire

Dec 9, 2011 • Kirtland’s warblers are an endangered species of lightweight little birds with bright yellow-bellies that summer in North America and winter in the Bahamas. But be it their winter or their summer home, a new study using data from NASA-built Landsat satellites shows that these warblers like to live in young forests […]

two satellite-derived images of the Wallow Fire
Aug 23, 2011Landsat Image Maps Aid Fire Recovery Efforts

Contributor: Melissa Quijada, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center NASA satellite images regularly map active fires around the world. Once a fire is out, satellite data and maps are also used by scientists to measure and protect the scorched land, and have played an important role in streamlining fire recovery efforts. The Remote Sensing Applications Center (RSAC), […]

Wallow North Fire in east central Arizona
Jun 16, 2011Landsat 5 Satellite Helps Emergency Managers Fight Largest Fire in Arizona History

Contributor: Rob Gutro, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center The largest fire in the history of the state of Arizona continues to burn and emergency managers and responders are using satellite data from a variety of instruments to plan their firefighting containment strategies and mitigation efforts once the fires are out. The Landsat 5 satellite captured […]

Wallow Fire in Arizona
Jun 9, 2011Arizona Wildfire Sweeps Through Apache National Forest

Source: Jan Nelson, USGS / Rob Gutro, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center The second largest fire in Arizona history, the Wallow Fire is graphically depicted by this Landsat image, taken June 7, which shows burning in the mountains of eastern Arizona near the border with New Mexico. Starting on May 29, winds and hot, dry […]

Apr 25, 2011Landsat part of SERVIR’s Fire Management System Support in Guatemala

Contributors: Janet L. Anderson, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center In the last few years, fire incidence in Guatemala has increased, damaging and transforming wild areas into degraded forests, savannas and sterile lands. Atrocious events have been registered in which millions of hectares including forests and wild lands burned, in some cases recurrently. In Guatemala, a […]

Yellowstone National Park and the Shoshone National Forest in Wyoming
Sep 8, 2010Landsat Reveal Surprising Connection Between Beetle Attacks, Wildfire

Sep 8, 2010 • If your summer travels have taken you across the Rocky Mountains, you’ve probably seen large swaths of reddish trees dotting otherwise green forests. While it may look like autumn has come early to the mountains, evergreen trees don’t change color with the seasons. The red trees are dying, the result of […]

Virginia fire
Feb 15, 2008Recent Virginia Wildfires Captured by Landsat 7 Satellite

Source: USGS Approximately 6,000 acres of burned area is visible from space. On February 11, the U.S. Geological Survey’s satellite, Landsat 7, captured an image of the fires south of Richmond and Petersburg, Virginia. The blue area near the bottom of the image represents smoke from the flames. The maroon regions are recently burned areas and […]

Ayora region
Jan 31, 2008Fire Prevention in Spain

Science brief summary by: Laura E. P. Rocchio A group of European researchers have used Landsat data collected over a quarter of a century to evaluate fire management methods in Eastern Spain. Just 40 miles southwest of the Spanish city of Valencia, the Ayora region covers nearly half a million acres of countryside; here, Achim […]

Australian bushfires
Jan 22, 2008Landsat Helps Establish Bushfire Impact on Water Yields in Australia

Source: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation In the summer of 2002-03, bushfires burnt through 700,000 ha of forests in northeast Victoria in Australia. This region supplies 38 percent of the water that flows into the Murray-Darling River, the main source of water supply for much of Australia’s irrigated agriculture, the city of Adelaide and […]

Grecian fires
Sep 26, 2007Greeks Get Space-Based Help In Wake of Deadly Fires

Contributor: European Space Agency (ESA) Cleanup and rebuilding teams responding to the devastation across Greece caused by this summer’s deadly fires are getting help from space. A series of crisis map products based on satellite acquisitions of affected areas are being provided to aid damage assessment efforts following the activation of the International Charter on […]

Alabaugh Canyon Fire
Jul 27, 2007Landsat and ASTER Provide Images of Alabaugh Canyon Fire to Emergency Responders

Contributor: Janice Nelson Satellite View Useful For Rehabilitation Effort The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center has provided satellite imagery in the rehabilitation effort of Alabaugh Canyon following the most destructive fire in Black Hills recent history. The blaze, which was started by lightning began on Saturday, July 7, 2007, had […]

Forest fire
Apr 6, 2006Quantifying Burn Severity

Contributors: TK, Jeannie Allen Through the Joint National Park Service (NPS)-USGS National Burn Severity Mapping Project, researchers use Landsat imagery to quantify fire effects over large, often remote regions and long time intervals.  The project focuses on NPS Units and adjoining lands throughout the U.S.  It combines the processing, data archive, and remote sensing expertise […]