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Amazon rainforest wildfires

03 September 2019

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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.

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