Land-use Fires and Smoke Pollution in South East Asia

Land-use Fires and Smoke Pollution in South East Asia

01 March 2012

Smoke from open burning of agricultural waste is depicted by this image captured by the MODIS instrument on NASA’s Aqua satellite on 01 March 2012
(for 250 m resolution image click on the image).

Access to real time and archived air quality monitoring stations in Thailand
The following website

provides access to the air quality monitoring stations in Thailand (concentration of CO, CO2, NO, NO2, NOx, O3, PM2.5, PM10, SO2, VOCs)

Fire and smoke-related news of today and last days from South East Asian countries. Note: The hyperlinks on the left side of each news are password-protected (User ID and password to enter the GFMC database are available for partners of GFMC). The links on the right side (in brackets) are leading to the original news source; sometimes these news are expiring rather swiftly – a reason for the establishment of the internal GFMC database):

News from Thailand (18 and 19 February 2012):

This vegetation fire smoke pollution event is occurring during the days when a group of Canadian and Australian scientists announced and presented recent scientific findings about the role of fire smoke emissions on human health, which resulted in a global average death toll of 339,000 people during the decade 1997-2006.

Press releases on Seminar on Fires, Smoke, and Health: Impacts and Prevention at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada (18 and 19 February 2012):

Background materials on vegetation fire smoke impacts on human health and security:

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