Fires on Borneo and Sumatra
April 10, 2013
Since mid-August, fires have been burning off and on in southern Borneo, and a blanket of smoke has been drawn over the island. Most of the island is occupied by the Kalimantan region of Indonesia, with the southern coastal areas originally home to lowland rainforests, peat swamp forests, and wetland areas. Degradation of these landscapes through unregulated and illegal logging, as well as intentional and accidental fire is a severe environmental and social problem for the country. In this image captured on October 11, 2004, by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite, thick smoke nearly hides the southern part of the island, and active fires detected by MODIS are marked in red. Credit: NASA image created by Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory, using data provided by the MODIS Rapid Response team.
Topics: Environment, Borneo, Earth, Spacecraft, Disaster Accident, Peat swamp forest, Peat, Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, Aqua, Tropical and subtropical moist broadleaf forests, Spaceflight