Map of the Week: Viewing Historic Fire Risk in Indonesia
By Sofia Soto Reyes Last year, Indonesia’s fire season was one of the worst on record. As such, vigilance in monitoring weather conditions is crucial. This task has been made easier as GFW Fires recently released a Fire Risk map. Satellite-based data on temperature, humidity, and rainfall is used to estimate how wet or dry tree and plant materials are, resulting in a map that illustrates the driest areas as having the highest risk scores (shown in red), though it is important to note that Fire Risk is based on weather and does not include any human-related fire factors. In addition to being able to estimate risk, this new layer is also Time Sync enabled. Time Sync allows users the option to sync all time enabled layers, such as the Fire Risk map or the wind direction data, to any past date.
A noteworthy difference between this fire season and the last is the presence of El Niño, a cyclical climate event that, in 2015, raised sea temperatures and created dryer-than-usual conditions. As it is now possible to view areas where fire risk scores were particularly high last year, the opportunity to improve planning and prevention measures for this season is readily accessible. Time Sync can be enabled by clicking the clock icon in the navigation box on the bottom right of the screen. The adjustment should take just a few seconds, then the change in date will be reflected on all of the time-enabled data layers.
Additionally, there is a 55-60 percent chance of La Niña (El Niño’s inverse counterpart) developing during the fall and winter of this year. As a result, wetter weather conditions could provide an opportunity to bolster preventative measures with a fire season that has the potential to be less intense than last year. So keep a close eye on GFW Fires and the Fire Risk Map! You can even subscribe to GFW Fire alerts that come straight to your phone.
Visit fires.globalforestwatch.org to learn more.
Map of the Week: Tracking Logging Roads in the Congo Basin
By Sofia Soto Reyes Western Lowland Gorilla (in captivity). Source: Heather Paul (Flickr). License available here. Located in western equatorial Africa is a vast expanse of green that blankets six Congo Basin countries: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Republic of the Congo. Second only to the Amazon rainforest […]
Map of the Week: GLAD Alerts show recent loss in Brazil’s Jamanxim National Park
By Sofia Soto Reyes Parrot in the Amazon, Brazil. Source: Neil Palmer/CIAT for Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR/Flickr). License available here. The Amazon Rainforest is home to one-tenth of all plant and animal species on the planet and produces one-fifth of all the oxygen we breathe. Monitoring and protecting such a rich natural resource […]
Map of the Week: Using GLAD Alerts to monitor Intact Forest Landscapes in Peru
By Sofia Soto Reyes Peru ranks as one of the ten most biodiverse countries on the planet, with more than half of its territory made up of the Amazon Rainforest. The Ucayali region, named for the Ucayali River, which serves as the main mode of transport for Peru’s timber trade, flows through a part of the Peruvian Amazon that is designated as an Intact Forest Landscape (IFL). Global Forest Watch’s Intact Forest Landscapes layer displays the extent of world’s last remaining undisturbed forests, […]