Forest fires in Portugal.
More information and detailed analysis of the feature can be found in the In Depth section.
by Gordon Bridge, Marc Jenner and HansPeter Roesli (EUMETSAT)
The false colour RGB composite Meteosat-8 image shown below clearly pinpoints the many severe forest fires raging in several parts of Portugal on 21 August 2005. In this composite image, red is assigned to the IR3.9 channel, which is particularly useful for the detection of fires and hot-spots. Channel 1 (VIS 0.6) is assigned a green colour and Channel 12 (HRV) blue. The HRV channel highlights a smoke plume heading out into the Atlantic, driven by a generally northeasterly wind in this region. The variability over time of the fires is clearly seen in the IR3.9 movie loop (see link under 'See also').
Portuguese forest fires seen in satellite images
RGB Composite IR3.9, VIS0.6, HRV
Full Resolution (544 KB)
Full Resolution (753 KB)
Night-time fires in Portugal (08 July 2005)
Catastrophic fires in Corsica (01 July 2005)
Catastrophic fires over Portugal and Spain (03 August 2003)
Channel 04 (IR3.9) Animation (21 Aug 18:00 UTC–22 Aug 08:00 UTC, AVI, 2 MB)
Channel 12 (HRV) image (21 Aug 2005, 16:15 UTC, PNG, 162 KB)
RGB Composite using HRV and IR3.9 channels (21 Aug 2005, 16:15 UTC, PNG, 424 KB)
Channel 12 (HRV) image (22 Aug 2005, 08:15 UTC, PNG, 207 KB)
RGB Composite using HRV and IR3.9 channels (22 Aug 2005, 08:15 UTC, PNG, 506 KB)