Burning Australia

This is a MODIS image of Tasmania (Australia), showing smoke columns from several wildfires burning on 6 January. In recent months, Australia has suffered a severe heat wave and strong winds, which have favored the emergence of several fires.
NASA’s Terra satellite MODIS system (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) captured this image from Tasmania showing a number of wildfires across the island on January 6, 2013.On January 7, the temperature shot up, exceeding 40 ° C, which has not happened for over 30 years.

MODIS image of Tasmania (6 Jan 2013). Hot areas (wildfires) are marked with a red line. Source: NASA Earth Observatory (http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov). Click to enlarge.


About Antonio

I am a Biologist (BS in 1996) and PhD in Soil Science (2000), and work teaching and researching at the University of Sevilla (Spain). My on-going work includes the study of soil degradation processes in Mediterranean areas, soil erosion and the impact of wildfires on soils.
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