Forest Fire in Philippines

Forest Fire in Philippines

For the past week forest fires have been ravaging the Benguet province in the Philippines. Fire crews have been combating the blaze since last Tuesday. The fires have been estimated to have destroyed at least a thousand hectares of pine forest. The highest...
Slash and Burn Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa

Slash and Burn Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa

These purple, blue, and green placemarks showing heat signatures recorded by VIIRS Nightfire (VNF) over Africa have put a perspective on the vast use of slash and burn farming techniques happening as of Feb. 26, 2020. Slash and burn agriculture techniques is thought...
Image of the day – VBD near Spratly Islands

Image of the day – VBD near Spratly Islands

This image shows VIIRS boat detections (VBD) from last night in the South China Sea.  The Spratly Island disputed waters are shown in yellow.   Portions of the zone are claimed by Vietnam, Philippines, Taiwan, China, Malaysia and Brunei.  In recent years China...
Decrease of VBD detections amid COVID-19 near Hong Kong

Decrease of VBD detections amid COVID-19 near Hong Kong

The Chinese Lunar New Year is a day of celebration around the world. It’s a huge holiday in China, many industries close for several days. With the rise of COVID-19 and growing concerns of infection Hong Kong closed numerous points of entry from mainland China,...