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Fires in Southeast Asia (afternoon overpass)

A dramatic increase in fire activity occurs over the course of the day during the biomass burning season in Southeast Asia. Like other large-scale burning activity linked to human activities, the fire patterns in Southeast Asia have a diurnal cycle, being lowest in the morning and increasing throughout the course of the day as human agricultural activities increase. In many parts of the world, fire is a precursor to farming and grazing. This true-color Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image from the Aqua satellite on March 7, 2003, shows scores of fires marked with red dots. Countries shown are (west to east) Bangladesh, India, and Myanmar; and (top right to bottom) China, Laos, and Thailand. Compare this image to a morning image of the same region (also shown in this series) and notice the decreased fire activity.


Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

Published March 7, 2003
Data acquired March 7 - 7, 2003

Source:
Aqua > MODIS
Topics:
Human Dimensions > Environmental Impacts > Biomass Burning
Human Dimensions > Natural Hazards > Fires
Collection:
MODIS Rapid Response