Worldview Image of the Week

Fires in Greece

Image captured on Aug 7, 2021, by the MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite.

MODIS data image of fire anomalies in Greece, August 2021.



False-color corrected reflectance image (Bands 7-2-1) of fires in Greece. This image was acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradometer (MODIS) aboard NASA's Aqua satellite. This image is a false-color Red-Green-Blue (RGB) composite where Red is Band 7, Green is Band 2, and Blue is Band 1. This combination is most useful for distinguishing burn scars from naturally low vegetation or bare soil and enhancing floods. Vegetation appears green, water is black, and burn scars are red.

Overlaid on the image is the Aqua/MODIS Fires and Thermal Anomalies layer that is shown as orange dots representing the center of a 1km pixel containing one or more fires or other thermal anomalies. Learn more - What does a MODIS active fire detection mean on the ground? 

Two major fires are visible in this image - a fire north of Athens and a much larger fire on the island of Evia where much of the northern part of the island has burned. Click on the image above to open the full version of Worldview in a new browser tab. Use the back and forward arrows in the lower left corner of the map to see when the fires began to be visible in the satellite imagery.

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