GFMC: Fires in Brazil and Neighbouring Countries, 21 November 2000

Fires in Brazil and NeighbouringCountries

21 November 2000

Vegetation fires on Brazilian territory and neighbouring countries have been monitored. The latest NOAA 12 satellite derived fire products shown below.

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INPE-DSA Fire product (NOAA 12), 20 November 2000
(Source: INPE-DSA)


Operational Significant Event Imagery (OSEI)
The following significant events were identified by Satellite Analysis Branch meteorologists and reviewed by the OSEI support team:

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NESDIS/OSEI NOAA-14 POES AVHRR LAC satellite image, 19 November 2000
Heat signatures (red), smoke plumes (light blue) and clouds (light blue) are visible from
numerous fires burning in the Maranhao and Para regions of northern Brazil.


The Center for Weather Forecasts and Climate Studies (CPTEC) – of the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) is the gateway of Brazil to high quality meteorological forecasts. The computer system receives information derived from Meteosat and GOES satellites, meteorological observational data from GTS Network of the WMO (World Meteorological Organization) and from the Brazilian Network which is under the responsability of INMET (Ministry of Agriculture). Aditional information comes from the DEPV (Air Force), DHN (Navy), state meteorological centers and from other international centers. The Brazilian satellite (SCD-1) collects important enviromental data and information for the meteorological research at INPE.

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Fire risk maps for Brazil: Map of daily predicted  fire risk for 21 and 22 November 2000.
For real-time fire-weather forecast: see: special meteorological bulletin (in Brazilian-Portuguese)
for the Deforestation Arc (states of Acre, Rondônia, South of Amazonas, North of Mato Grosso,
Southeast of Pará, Central and Northern Tocantins, and East of Maranhão)
(Source: CPTEC).


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GOES-8 ABBA Preliminary Detected Fire Locations from 19 November 2000
(Source: UW-Madison CIMSS GOES Biomass Burning Monitoring Program)


An animated GOES-8 ABBA composite fire imagery covering the last few days is available at


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