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NASA AQUA Satellite Shows Extent of Wildfires in Russia, Reindeer Areas Affected
Written by Philip Burgess   
Thursday, 02 September 2010 17:20
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Carbon_Monoxide_thumbA series of large wildfires burning across western and central Russia, eastern Siberia and western Canada has lofted high concentrations of carbon monoxide into the atmosphere, where it becomes caught in the lower bounds of the mid-latitude jet stream, which swiftly transports it around the globe. This image from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) flying onboard NASA’s Aqua satellite shows three days of carbon monoxide observations, from August 9 – 11, 2010. The measurements were made at an altitude of 5.5 kilometers (18,000 feet), the area of the atmosphere AIRS is most sensitive to the carbon monoxide signature, and a region of the atmosphere conducive to long-range transport of the gas. The abundance of carbon monoxide is displayed in parts per billion by volume (ppbv), with the highest concentrations shown in red.

The images clearly shows that the intensity of fires stretches across much of Russia and is particularly intense in areas of taiga reindeer husbandry in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). This image is from the NASA Aqua satellite.

Source: NASA
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