Worldview Image of the Week

Fires in Brazil's Pantanal

Image captured on June 12, 2024, by the VIIRS instrument aboard the joint NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP satellite.

The red dots in the embedded image above are thermal anomalies detected by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument aboard the joint NASA/NOAA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP) satellite on June 12, 2024, in a vast region in Brazil called the Pantanal. The Pantanal is the world's largest freshwater wetland and is home to a vast array of plants and animals, including South America's largest flightless bird, the rhea. Wildfire season in the Pantanal generally begins in July and peaks in August and September. Low rainfall amounts have caused the wildfire season to start earlier than usual.

The image on the left (A side) is a true-color corrected reflectance image overlaid with the VIIRS fires and thermal anomalies layer, with detected hotspots shown as red dots. The image on the right (B side) is a false-color corrected reflectance image of the same area also acquired on June 12 that displays burned area in red and vegetation in bright green. Swipe the bar back and forth to compare the imagery. Click on the icon in the upper right corner of the map to open a fully interactive map of the fires in Worldview.

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VNP14IMG_NRT doi:10.5067/VIIRS/VNP14IMG_NRT.002

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