Worldview Image of the Week

Fires in Northern Morocco

Image captured on Jul 26, 2022 by the MODIS instrument aboard the Aqua satellite.

MODIS data image comparing land before and after a fire in Morocco, July, 2022.


The map shows a comparison of a false-color corrected reflectance image (left, "A" side) and a natural color corrected reflectance image (right,"B" side) of an actively burning fire in northern Morocco from July 26, 2022. This image was acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA's Aqua satellite.

The image on the left is a false-color Red-Green-Blue (RGB) composite where Red is Band 7, Green is Band 2, and Blue is Band 1. This band combination is most useful for distinguishing burn scars from naturally low vegetation or bare soil and for enhancing floods. Vegetation appears green and water is black/dark blue. Burn scars appear red, and these scars are evident to the north and southeast of the actively burning fire in the center of the image. If you go into Worldview and change the date to July 14, 2022 on the left ("A" side) and advance through the dates you can see the fires start and burn across the landscape.

The right ("B" side) image is a true-color or natural color image that uses a combination of wavelengths similar to what the human eye would see. Overlaid on the right image are active fire detections shown as orange points. The image highlights the smoke emanating from the fire. Change the date to July 14, 2022 on the right ("B" side) and advance through the dates to view the fires over time.

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