Fires in West Africa

Fires in West Africa
  • Credit:

    Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

In West Africa, the annual biomass burning season that began in the fall of 2002 is still underway in early 2003. This Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image from the Aqua satellite on February 27, 2003, shows fires (red dots) scattered across (clockwise from top right) Mali, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, and Gambia. The sun glints brightly of the waters of the Atlantic Ocean in the lower left corner of the image.

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  • Data Date:

    February 27, 2003
  • Visualization Date:

    February 28, 2003
  • Sensor(s):

    Aqua - MODIS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration