Fires and smoke in Northwest India

Fires and smoke in Northwest India
  • Credit:

    Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

Agricultural burning is occurring in Northwest India (usually at right) and Pakistan (at left )near the Indus River in October 2002. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer on the Aqua satellite detected numerous fires (red dots) burning just east of India’s border with Pakistan (upper left quadrant). The haze in the area is probably not solely due to the fires, however; some of it is likely urban air pollution from several large cities in the region. In the upper right quadrant, the foothills of the Himalayas are deep green, and the peaks are dusted with snow and capped by clouds.

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  • Data Date:

    October 22, 2002
  • Visualization Date:

    October 23, 2002
  • Sensor(s):

    Aqua - MODIS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration