Earth Observation Mission News
WildFireSat: Enhancing Canada's ability to manage wildfires
30 August 2019
Eighty-eight percent of Canada's 4 million km2 of forested lands is characterized as boreal forest, and is home to some of the largest and most intense wildfires in the world. Every year, Canada sees about 7,500 wildfires burn over 2.5 million hectares of forest, a territory about half the size of Nova Scotia.
The amount of forest burned by wildfire is projected to double by 2050 due to our changing climate, which is causing longer wildfire seasons, more extreme weather conditions and increased droughts.
Source: Canadian Space Agency
Image credit: Canadian Forest Service - Wildfires are a serious challenge in Canada.