RESOURCES: Fire Lookout

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Science  16 Jun 2006:
Vol. 312, Issue 5780, pp. 1577
DOI: 10.1126/science.312.5780.1577d

Brush and forest fires transform habitats and pour pollutants and carbon dioxide into the air. Researchers studying fire's impact on atmospheric chemistry, land use, or related subjects can pinpoint burns at the World Fire Atlas from the European Space Agency. Satellite images updated about every 6 hours and other data let visitors identify new hot spots and track existing ones. Free registration provides access to an archive of fire maps that date back to 1995. Included is a summary chart, for example, which shows the locations of 2005's blazes.

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