Film, Video Climate & Wildfires in the 21st Century

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  • Climate & Wildfires in the 21st Century


  • Douglas Morton spoke about his research using NASA satellite data and climate models, which have projected drier conditions across the U.S. and other fire-prone landscapes in coming decades, with an increase in frequency of extreme events (e.g., megafires).

Event Date

  • October 09, 2014


  • -  Douglas Morton from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center is part of a team of scientists and engineers that develop, operate and analyze data from NASA's fleet of Earth-observing satellites. Morton's research focuses on how fires contribute to global change, with a specific emphasis on the roles of land use and climate for changes in fire activity around the globe. He is also part of the research team for Global Fire Emissions Database (GFED), which is "an effort to combine multiple sources of satellite data to better understand fire activity, greenhouse gas emissions from fires, and changes in savanna and tropical forest ecosystems following fire events."

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  • 1 hours 10 minutes 23 seconds

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