September 24, 2021

Tracking Wildfires from Space



Date & Time

September 24, 2021
2:00PM EDT - 3:00PM EDT


Hosted By American Museum of Natural History

In 2020, approximately 4% of California’s land burned. Most states within the United States saw a 15% increase in the number of fires. Billions of dollars were spent on fire suppression and lost homes, power, and other infrastructure. Using OpenSpace data visualization software and wildfire data collected from NASA satellites, the Museum’s Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart and Natasha Stavros, director of Earth Lab Analytics Hub, will take viewers on a virtual flight to understand the natural behavior of fire across multiple scales–from our solar system to our home planet, as seen from the perspective of the International Space Station, and on continents, within local communities, and in a single household candle. Trace how trends in carbon emissions, temperature, wind, drought, and humidity paint a picture of today’s wildfires and suggest a path for curbing this dangerous extreme weather phenomena in the future.

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