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Island of Borneo

02 October 2019

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Smoke plumes over Kalimantan

This false-colour Proba-V image of September 18, shows an abundance of smoke plumes over the South Eastern area of the island of Borneo.

Fires are common in the area during September and October, as farmers clear agricultural debris to make way for crops and livestock, and prepare the land for new planting of oil palm and acacia pulp.

This year the fire season was more intense and the thick smoke caused schools to close, impacted air traffic and triggered health warnings due to poor air quality.

Peat fires can continue to burn for months, until the wet season arrives, and are shown to emit large amounts of greenhouse gases (CO2 and methane).


© ESA-BELSPO 2019, produced by VITO
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