Indochina agricultural fires still ongoing

Mar 18, 2014
Credit: NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team. Caption: NASA/Goddard, Lynn Jenner

Agricultural fires continue to burn in the Indochina region as evidenced by this Aqua image taken on March 18, 2014.

This natural-color image was taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, MODIS, aboard the Aqua satellite. More fires have been set in both Burma and Laos since the last image taken by MODIS on March 07.

Actively burning areas, detected by MODIS's thermal bands, are outlined in red. Fire is used in cropland areas for pest and weed control and to prepare fields for planting. Crop residue burning helps farmers as it is a cheap and effective method to remove excess residue. If this excess residue is not removed, future seeding is prevented by shading out the next crop and facilitating mold growth. Crop residue burning also provides a short-term ash fertilization effect.

Although this seasonal burning helps farmers with their crops, it has detrimental effects as well. Vast amounts of smoke are released into the atmosphere causing air pollution and adversely affecting health, especially to those with respiratory concerns.

Explore further: Image: Agricultural fires across the Indochina landscape

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Image: Agricultural fires across the Indochina landscape

Mar 07, 2014

Agricultural fires are still burning in Indochina ten days after the last NASA web posting about the fires. This natural-color image, taken on March 07, 2014, by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, ...

Image: Fires in Nepal

Apr 15, 2013

Agricultural fires are set all over the world at different times to prepare the soil for the planting of new crops.

Image: Fires in India and Nepal

Apr 11, 2013

Agricultural fires are set all over the world at different times to prepare the soil for the planting of new crops.

NASA image: Fires in Bolivia Aug. 31, 2013

Sep 03, 2013

Fires burned throughout Bolivia in late August. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image on August 31, 2013.

NASA image: Agricultural fires dot Mexico

May 03, 2013

In Guerrero, Oaxaca, Michoacan, Colima, and Jalisco regions (as well as others in the Yucatan Peninsula) of Mexico hundreds of fires were detected by the MODIS instrument on the Aqua satellite. The location, ...

Recommended for you

NASA HS3 instrument views two dimensions of clouds

15 hours ago

NASA's Cloud Physics Lidar (CPL) instrument, flying aboard an unmanned Global Hawk aircraft in this summer's Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel, or HS3, mission, is studying the changing profile of the atmosphere ...

Research drones launched into Hurricane Edouard

18 hours ago

U.S. government scientists are launching winged drones into Hurricane Edouard, hoping to collect data that could help forecasters understand what makes some storms strengthen into monsters while others fade away.

User comments : 0