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VNF – A Tool Helping Fight Climate Change

VNF – A Tool Helping Fight Climate Change

By William Helms One of the potentially impactful abilities of VIIRS NightFire (VNF) is its capability to help estimate the amount of gas burned by routine flaring at oil fields. The constant burning of gas contributes to global warming by producing carbon dioxide. In...

Festival Lights Seen from Space

Festival Lights Seen from Space

By William Helms Here we take a look at a couple large festivals that are remote enough to become their own visible light source. Paradiso is a festival usually held in mid-June at the Gorge Amphitheatre in the state of Washington. Due to Washington’s notoriously...

Wildfire in Fort à La Corne, Canada

More forest fire activity has recently been pinpointed by VIIRS Nightfire technology. This image over Fort à La Corne, Canada depicts heat signatures from the forest inferno. These signatures are substantially hotter than those of recent fires in places like Arizona...

Biebrza National Park Fires in Poland

Tragedy strikes in Poland as nearly 10% of the country's largest national park goes up in flames. As a result of one of the longest droughts in more than a decade, farmers near Biebrza National Park have been forced to burn crop fields and grasslands to increase soil...

Anak Krakatau Erupts

Anak Krakatau Erupts

Anak Krakatau volcano erupts in Indonesia April 10th 2020. The volcano has been known to cause deadly eruptions. In 2008 the volcano's eruption caused a massive tsunami that devastated neighboring islands, killing 437 people. This eruption was not as severe as no...

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,...

Oil Industry in North Dakota

Oil Industry in North Dakota

This satellite image superimposed with data from VIIRS Nightfire (VNF) displays the north-west corner of North Dakota. Each pin is a specific heat signature from one or more of the more than 16,000 active wells in the region that falls in the same detector footprint....