Saturday, August 6, 2016

Fires and smoke continue in central Russia: Satellite View

Fires in central Russia are burning for almost two months now. These satellite images from August 4, 2016 show fire, smoke and its impact on atmospheric aerosol loading and air quality in the region. The Aerosol Optical Depth (AOD) is a measure of particle loading in the atmosphere, which reaches as high as 2-3 on this day, which indicates very high loading of PM2.5 in the air. Another air quality indicator and emission from fires is carbon monoxide (CO) gas showing very high concentration in the satellite image. Data source: NASA Worldview (

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