Our forests and peatlands are vital for the global climate and biodiversity hotspots. Devastating wildfires are destroying ecosystems worldwide now that natural fire regimes and landscapes are altered by human activities.
This map provides a snapshot of communities suffering from and fighting with wildfires from all over the world. Raging on all of the continents except Antarctica, across landscapes and with different origin, fires are nevertheless a common threat for people telling these stories.
Today climate change is leading to temperature fluctuations which in turn contribute to extreme weather events, wildfires, insect outbreaks, permafrost melting and other.
This map allows you to see current and historic temperatures as well as the differences to long-term averages. By clicking anywhere on a map and you can get the exact value.
The data sources are NOAA Global Forecast System and ESA Climate Data Store.
This map allows to monitor the situation at UNESCO sites and get sight of existing threats for these objects on satellite images. You can compare images taken in the present and past time. Now there are four Russian natural sites “Golden Mountains of Altai”, “Western Caucasus”, “Virgin Komi Forests” and “Volcanoes of Kamchatka”. These objects are the most problematic of Russian sites. In 2020 the World Heritage Committee will discuss the protection and condition of these sites and “Lake Baikal”. More UNESCO sites are going to be added soon.
Each year Russia loses two million hectares of forest as a result of catastrophic fires. According to official statistics, nine out of ten wildfires in the country are caused by humans. To investigate the role human activity plays in forest fires, Greenpeace mapping experts conducted this analysis of major wildfires across Siberia in 2018. GIS specialists analysed satellite imagery to identify cases where wildfires were spatially linked to man-made objects such as roads, logging, settlements, or prescribed burnings.
In France, the AASQAs, the official associations in charge of air pollution surveillance (gathering government, civil society, environment/health experts and private members), launched an opendata platform in september 2018 (AASQA, 2018). This platform allows all internauts to download a large panel of air pollution data like annual mean models of NO2/PM10/Ozone or peak pollution incidents.
This map shows clusters of hotspots of the day (last 24 hours) provided by VIIRS sensor on Suomi-NPP satellite with a spatial resolution of 375 m. Each red dot represents a center of a 1 km area in radius, with more than 3 detected thermal anomalies. In real life a hotspot typically means fire, although occasionally it can be any thermal anomalies, such as lava or gas flares (refineries, oil rigs, etc). Such map doesn’t show reasons of fires but almost all of them are man-made (exceptionally they could be caused by dry lightning, volcano or meteorite).
IFLs have high conservation value and are critical for stabilizing terrestrial carbon storage, harboring biodiversity, regulating hydrological regimes, and providing other ecosystem functions. The first global IFL map was prepared in 2006 (for circa 2000), which we updated in 2014 (for circa 2013) and in 2017.
Cataloging a forest as “Primary” can only be done in the field studies, however an estimation of the location and extent of these forests can be done using GIS and remote sensing techniques. The purpose of this first analysis based on Sentinel-2 multispectral satellite images is to evaluate the state of the forests, in order to eliminate the degraded areas in order to define and create an hierarchy for the next stages of documentation and final ground evaluation.
Our map is a tool which helps you find out the average air pollution figures for any hour, day or another period of time since July 5, 2017. Using the map, you can see how the concentration of any of the 15 pollutants changes over the course of the day as well as check at what hours and in what areas of the city the air is most polluted.