Image from TERRA
Mon, 27 Apr 2020 12:33 EDT

Wildfires in Siberia are bringing even more misery to an area which is already on lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Image from TERRA
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On April 17, 2020, NASA's Terra satellite captured this image of new fires breaking out near the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine.

Category: News and Events

News and Events

MOPITT U.S. Principal Investigator, Helen Worden, along with MOPITT scientists, Sara Martínez-Alonso, Mijeong Park, and Laura Pan, published an article about how the National Center for Atmospheric Research’s (NCAR) Atmospheric Chemistry Observations and Modeling (ACOM) group is using MOPITT data to see the impact of COVID-19 on air quality in China. Read their full article from NCAR’s ACOM.

ACOM article link: https://www2.acom.ucar.edu/news/covid-19-impact-asian-emissions-insight-space-observations

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In order to improve the accuracy of data and gain insights that would be difficult to achieve with one instrument alone, researchers have started combining data from Terra’s five instruments: ASTER, CERES, MISR, MODIS, and MOPITT. The result, Terra Fusion, a new dataset and toolkit. Read more https://earthdata.nasa.gov/learn/articles/tools-and-technology-articles/introducing-terra-fusion

Dr. Kurt Thome, Terra Project Scientist was featured in a Data Chat – short, informal discussions with scientists, managers, and members of NASA’s diverse data-user community. Thome provides personal insights into how Terra data are being used around the world, along with a glimpse into how these data, products, and services may be used in the future. Read more https://earthdata.nasa.gov/learn/data-chat/data-chat-dr-kurt-thome.

What do you get when you have an Earth observing satellite mission that collects science-quality data from five instruments for more than 20 years? You get groundbreaking science, more than 20,000 peer-reviewed publications, and a critical understanding of how our planet works. In other words, you get NASA’s Terra mission. Read about how the instruments aboard NASA’s flagship Earth observing mission are compiling a monumental climate data record and what this means for you in “Terra: Five Instruments—One Monumental Data Record,” now available on NASA’s Earthdata website.

Terra’s MODIS and MISR instruments were featured in an article in AGU’s eos.org, titled, A Global Perspective on Wildfires. The article, written by Ralph Kahn, highlights how twenty years of satellite data are used in wildfire management.

“Remote sensing instruments are relatively blunt objects for characterizing wildfires and their impacts, compared with traditional in situ monitoring. However, they offer the advantage of providing frequent, broad coverage at minimal incremental cost and at no risk to observers. Over the past 20 years, the research community has developed tools and techniques to capture key aspects of fire behavior and impacts, with data from spaceborne instruments such as the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometers (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites and the Multiangle Imaging Spectroradiometer (MISR) aboard Terra. This article reviews selected contributions that satellite instruments are making to advance our understanding and monitoring of, as well as our responses to, wildfires globally.”

-Ralph Kahn, A Global Perspective on Wildfires