Satellite data can reveal fire susceptibility in peatlands

phys.org | 9/9/2019 | Staff
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When large areas of carbon-rich soil catch fire, the blaze emits massive amounts of carbon into the atmosphere and creates a thick haze. These blazes can usher in long-term climate impacts that affect the whole planet and affect human health. In 2015, the haze from peatland fires was responsible for more than 100,000 premature deaths in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. Blazes have increased in scale and severity in Asian peatlands over the past 30 years due to land-use change.

"In the 2015 peat fires, nearly the same amount of carbon dioxide was released as India's total annual carbon emissions from fossil fuels," said Stanford University doctoral candidate Nathan Dadap, lead author on a new, NSF-supported study correlating soil moisture with fire vulnerability in peatlands.

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For the study, the researchers used satellite data to measure soil moisture in...
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