Satellite visuals help minimise the effects of smoke


Satellite visuals help minimise the effects of smoke

The Southeast Asian region’s haze is often caused by forest fires and burning of palm oil plantations in western Indonesia.

In order to help manage and control these forest and land fire incidents, an online monitoring tool has been developed.

The Global Forest Watch-Fires (GFW-Fires) online tool uses near real-time satellite data from NASA’s Active Fires system, high resolution satellite imagery, detailed maps of land cover and concessions for key commodities such as palm oil and wood pulp, weather conditions and air quality data to track fire activity.

In making this information widely available to governments, private sector organisations, NGOs and individuals, GFW-Fires is working to minimise the impact of forest fires on the environment, and ensure the accountability of those responsible for illegal burning.

There are two ways for users to access the maps and data available on Global Forest Watch:

  • The GFW platform allows users to visualise near real-time forest change data, satellite imagery, forest management concession maps, protected areas maps, mobile technology and crowd-sourced data, and access on-the-ground networks.
  • The ArcGIS Online portal to the GFW platform allows users to access this forest data in a GIS Cloud environment. ArcGIS Online resources include thousands of authoritative datasets, references and thematic maps about hundreds of topics. Its powerful web GIS applications help people better compare, analyse and assess indicators of forest change. Users can also combine GFW with ArcGIS Online’s worldwide high-resolution imagery and restyle it to highlight specific characteristics and reveal changes over time.


Satellite visuals help minimise the effects of smoke