For all the recent progress in Earth Observation technologies, wildfires remain a serious problem that poses ever-increasing challenges to our ingenuity. Minimizing their often-dramatic environmental and human impacts will require a smart combination of technology, political decision, and willingness to accept changes in our own individual and collective options as societies. In order to show how fire hazard is threatening many parts of the world on a recurrent basis, details are provided on the recent severe 2013 fire season in Portugal, along with background information on remote sensing of wildfires and related disaster risk management challenges.
Data products and tools from the LANDFIRE Program help decision-makers clarify problems and identify possible solutions when managing fires and natural resources. The Program – a joint effort between the U.S .Department of the Interior Office of Wildland Fire, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service Fire & Aviation Management, and The Nature Conservancy – provides the only complete geospatial dataset describing vegetation and wildland fuel information for the entire U.S.
Originally published by the Guardian – Fires in peat swamp forests on Indonesia’s Sumatra island have created massive plumes of smog that have drifted over Singapore and Malaysia. Singaporeans have been urged to stay indoors and officials have said Jakarta must do more to stop plantation owners and farmers staring fires to clear land cheaply.
Originally published by Yale Environment 360 – Scientists studying a prolonged and severe drought in the southwestern U.S. say that extensive damage done to trees in that region portends what lies in store as other forests worldwide face rising temperatures, diminished rainfall, and devastating fires.
Originally published by Environment News Service – A welcome rain this afternoon is helping to extinguish the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history. The Black Forest Fire within the Colorado Springs city limits killed two people Tuesday while they were trying to flee, and before the rain began it was still raging out of control.
Earthzine is soliciting articles from all regions of the globe for its third quarter 2013 theme on Wildfires. We seek articles that use in situ, airborne, and spaceborne observations that contribute to our understanding of wildfires across all scales, from their causes to consequences, including use in planning, mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery from these hazards.