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Satellite Monitoring of California Wildfires

Monitoring the spread of wildfires is important, not just from the standpoint of saving lives and property but also to know how smoke and ash will affect air quality miles away. Measurements from the GOES satellite allow scientists to detect particulates in the air and issue air quality guidance. This animation shows aerosol optical depth measurements from GOES during the August 26th to September 2nd, 2009 California wildfires.

Satellite Monitoring of California Wildfires
 
 
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Referral:More information on satellite air quality monitoring
Copyright:National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Keywords:GOES, air quality, wildfire, fire, California
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Satellite Monitoring of California Wildfires

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