onFire

The ability of humans to control fire has been a key factor for our evolution and progress, which set us apart from the rest of the animal kingdom. Fire has been used for millennia to build our societies and elevate our standard of living. But blind from its power and potential, we tend to ignore its consequences and implications in the natural world and in extend to our own habitat. It has only been a few decades that technology has allowed us to observe the collective impact of fire on a global scale.

The animation uses publicly available satellite data to illustrate the amount of forest fires and other heat sources around the world, in an attempt to bring awareness of the impact of human activity in the finite world we all live in.

The data used were captured between 2012 and 2021 and they are reproduced at a rate of one day per video frame.

 

Acknowledgements:

Data source Nasa

LANCE
We acknowledge the use of data and/or imagery from NASA’s Land, Atmosphere Near real-time Capability for EOS (LANCE) system (https://earthdata.nasa.gov/lance), part of NASA’s Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS).

FIRMS
We acknowledge the use of data and/or imagery from NASA’s Fire Information for Resource Management System (FIRMS) (https://earthdata.nasa.gov/firms), part of NASA’s Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS).