Last update: June 18th, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Biomass burning in Southeast Asia is used for land clearing (deforestation) and to prepare land for agricultural purposes like grazing and farming. Each year in the late winter and early spring, the burning season reaches its peak, with hundreds of fires scattered across Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, and surrounding countries. This image of the region shows scores of fires (red dots) detected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Aqua satellite on March 2, 2003. The burning significantly influences air quality, sometimes thousands of kilometers away. Carbon monoxide measurements from the region show good correlation with observed fire locations.
The high-resolution image provided here is 500 meters per pixel. The MODIS Rapid Response System provides this image at the sensor?s maximum resolution of 250 meters.
Credit: Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC