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2013-06-11 14:07:54

New report offers an analysis of change between 1976 and 2006 A recent government report reveals that the number of houses in dispersed rural settings in western Washington has doubled over the past 30 years, and that 20 percent of nonfederal land is currently developed. "Resource lands in Washington are being lost at a rate of a football field every 18 minutes," says Andy Gray, a research ecologist at the Forest Service's Pacific Northwest (PNW) Research Station. "People are concerned...

NASA Satellites Calculate Damage Of Previously Undiscovered Amazon Wildfires
2013-06-09 07:46:38

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online A previously undetected type of wildfire occurring in the Amazon region is responsible for far more rainforest loss than deforestation in recent years, NASA scientists have discovered using innovative new satellite techniques. Known as “understory fires,” these wildfires have long remained undetected because they are located below the forest treetops, explained Tamarra Kemsley of Nature World News. However,...

Fires Burning In Northern Saskatchewan
2013-06-07 14:21:15

NASA NASA's Aqua satellite collected this natural-color image with the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, MODIS, instrument on June 05, 2013. Actively burning areas, detected by MODIS´s thermal bands, are outlined in red. All three fires noted here are more than 100 hectares in size (>247 acres). According to the Government of Saskatchewan's wildfire website, this area of the province has been designated an "observation zone." This means in this area there are fewer...

Pollution, Storms And Climate: NASA Mission Investigates How They Interact
2013-06-07 11:09:55

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online To investigate how air pollution and natural emissions, which are pushed high into the atmosphere by large storms, affect atmospheric composition and climate, NASA´s DC-8 and ER-2 science aircraft will take flight over the southern US this summer. This will be the most complex NASA airborne science campaign of the year drawing together coordinated observations from NASA satellites, aircraft and an array of ground sites. The...

Infrared View Of Powerhouse Fire In California Captured By NASA
2013-06-05 13:57:29

NASA The MASTER instrument aboard NASA's ER-2 high-altitude science aircraft captured this infrared image of the Powerhouse wildfire in the Angeles National Forest near the town of Lake Hughes, Calif., during a nighttime flight May 31-June 1. The MASTER composite image shows the intensity of the heat from the fire in different colors, with the hottest part of the wildfire appearing bluish-white in this image. This image is a color composite of three infrared bands — red, green and...

Fires In Eastern China
2013-06-05 09:09:37

NASA NASA´s Aqua satellite captured multiple plumes of smoke from agricultural fires and industrial pollution in China. The smoke and haze stretches from Inner Mongolia, located north of Beijing, south and west including the provinces of Hebei, Shedong, Henan, Shanxi, Hubai, Hunan, and Chongqing. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite has infrared capabilities that can detect heat from the various wildfires. This image was...

Night-time Image Of California's Powerhouse Fire
2013-06-04 12:17:53

NASA From its orbit around the Earth, the NASA-NOAA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite or Suomi NPP satellite, captured a night-time image of California´s Powerhouse Fire. The Suomi NPP satellite carries an instrument so sensitive to low light levels that it can detect wildfires in the middle of the night. The Day/Night band on Suomi/NPP produces Night-Time visible imagery using illumination from natural (the moon, forest fires) and man-made sources (city lights,...

Thompson Ridge Fire In New Mexico
2013-06-03 18:13:08

NASA NASA´s Aqua satellite captured an image of a large light-brown colored plumes of smoke from two large fires burning in New Mexico: the Thompson Ridge Fire (left) and the Tres Lagunas Fire (right). Inciweb reported that the Thompson Ridge Fire is located in the Valles Caldera National Preserve, located about two miles northeast of La Cueva, New Mexico. The fire is reported to be human-caused, and started on May 31, 2013. So far, 1,906 acres have burned in the Preserve. The...


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