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South American Fires in 2019

Fire activity in the Amazon and much of South America often coincides with a dry season from July through October.
Reflecting on a Tumultuous Amazon Fire Season
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Reflecting on a Tumultuous Amazon Fire Season

The reality of science, statistics, and satellites is that a deep understanding of the causes, effects, and severity of a fire season takes time.

Published Mar 3, 2020

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Tracking Amazon Deforestation from Above
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Tracking Amazon Deforestation from Above

Satellites have played a key role in monitoring and reducing the rate of deforestation in the rainforest.

Published Dec 19, 2019

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Making Sense of Amazon Deforestation Patterns
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Making Sense of Amazon Deforestation Patterns

Decades of satellite data make it possible to map how deforestation has evolved over time.

Published Nov 21, 2019

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Detecting Invisible Plant Stress
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Detecting Invisible Plant Stress

A new tool helped detect water-stressed vegetation near some 2019 Amazon rainforest fires.

Published Nov 8, 2019

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Human Activities Are Drying Out the Amazon
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Human Activities Are Drying Out the Amazon

The atmosphere above the rainforest has become drier, increasing the demand for water and leaving ecosystems vulnerable to fires and drought.

Published Nov 6, 2019

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A River of Smoke
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A River of Smoke

Fires raged in Bolivia’s lowlands throughout much of August and September.

Published Oct 4, 2019

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Mapping the Amazon
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Mapping the Amazon

In spite of its clear significance to the planet, the expansive region is a complex and challenging place for remote sensing scientists to study.

Published Sep 26, 2019

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Fire Burns in Paraguay, Bolivia, and Brazil
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Fire Burns in Paraguay, Bolivia, and Brazil

Since the beginning of August 2019, NASA satellites have observed fires burning near the border of Bolivia, Paraguay, and Brazil.

Published Aug 27, 2019

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Uptick in Amazon Fire Activity in 2019
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Uptick in Amazon Fire Activity in 2019

Satellites have detected an increase in fire activity early in the 2019 dry season in the southern Amazon.

Published Aug 23, 2019

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Fires in Brazil
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Fires in Brazil

Satellites begin to detect heightened fire activity in July and August in the Amazon.

Published Aug 16, 2019

Heat Fires