Mode isolation reduced the number of forest fires in Central Russia by 75 percent

Mode isolation led to a reduction in the incidence of forest fires during the may holidays on the territory of Central not less than 75 per cent in comparison with the average for the past 10 years. Such a conclusion contains the newsletter “About the fire situation in Central in early may of 2020”, published by the staff of the Department of satellite monitoring technologies in the space research Institute of RAS.

Forest (as well as steppe, field, peat, and other) fires are inevitable natural disasters, each year taking place on the territory of our country. They are subject to the influence of anthropogenic factors and have a seasonal trend: as a rule, in the may holidays the number of them increases dramatically due to the mass Exodus of the population of the city.

Experts from the space research Institute of RAS (IKI RAS) for more than 20 years conduct satellite monitoring of fires in our country, using data of the MODIS instrument on the spacecraft, remote sensing from Terra and Aqua (NASA), processed on the satellite service “VEGA-Science”.

On 17 may the employees of the Department of satellite monitoring technologies IKI published a newsletter containing the spatial analysis of the frequency of occurrence of fires in Central. Researchers analyzed data on eight oblasts: Vladimir, Tver, Kaluga, Moscow, Ryazan, Smolensk, Tula and Yaroslavl.

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