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Brown burn scars pock the landscape across Portugal and Spain. Hot, dry conditions sparked dozens of devastating wildfires in Southern and Central Portugal and Central Spain in the summer of 2003. By the time this image was taken on January 19, 2004, the scars had begun to fade in areas, though the scars in Central Portugal and across the border in Spain are still dark red in the false-color image.

In the true color image, Portugal’s capital is clearly visible as a grey region surrounding the mouth of the Tejo (Tagus) River about one-third of the way up the coast. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Aqua satellite acquired both false and true-color images on January 19, 2004.

Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

Published January 23, 2004
Data acquired January 19 - 19, 2004

Aqua > MODIS
Agriculture > Forest Science > Forest Fire Science
Biosphere > Ecological Dynamics > Fire Characteristics
Biosphere > Ecological Dynamics > Fire Occurrence
Biosphere > Vegetation > Reclamation/Revegetation/Restoration
Biosphere > Vegetation > Vegetation Cover
Human Dimensions > Natural Hazards > Fires
MODIS Rapid Response
Visible Earth