Amazon rainforest wildfires
03 September 2019
Proba-V images forest fires
The Amazon rainforest is the largest contiguous rainforest in the world, with an area of approximately 6.7 million km2. The region is very important to the global climate system, being the world's largest carbon dioxide sink.
Human-driven deforestation of the Amazon rainforest has been a major concern for decades. Using the slash-and-burn technique, large areas of land are annually cleared during the dry season for logging and farming.
However, during the 2019 dry season, the amount of rainforest fires dramatically increased. Using various satellite data, the Brazilian National Space Research Institute (INPE) observed more than 75,000 wildfires between January and August 2019.
Proba-V captured the forest fires at a near-daily timescale, the false-color image below shows the situation over the Rondonia area in western Brazil.
© ESA-BELSPO 2019, produced by VITO
Featured Image Archive
Earth from Space programme
Discover more about our planet with the Earth from Space video programme. Join ESA every Friday at 10:00 CEST for an 800 km-high tour with spectacular images from Earth-observing satellites.
The Earth Watching project is an ESA/ESRIN service to help local authorities and to promote the benefits of remote sensing data during emergencies, sending images and articles to newspapers, magazines and TV stations.
The Earth Watching website features not only imagery of natural disasters, but also promotes various satellite remote sensing applications through images and articles. Some examples are shown in the special events part of the website.