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Sentinels detect and monitor forest fires

28 April 2017

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Images from Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 have been combined to reveal that 36,000 ha of forest has burnt in the Republic of Congo in Africa.

At the beginning of 2016, during a very strong El Niño, an unusual number of fires broke out in forests in the north of the country. During the peak, in the early part of the year, fire was spreading at a rate of 1600 ha a day.

Source: ESA

Image credit: modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2016), processed by ESA - Outbreaks of fire

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