Hazy Skies over Southeast Asia and Southern China

Hazy Skies over Southeast Asia and Southern China

6 April 2006

A fire in the Longshan Forest, near the capital of China´s Yunnan province Kunming is being fought by more than 4,000 people. The fire reignited after fire fighters had brought it under control. It has burned480 hectares of forest land so far. Three firemen have been injured and at least 51 households have been evacuated.

6 April 2006
9:25 hrs UTC

Carbon monoxide hung thickly over the Beijing region for much of March 2006.Although the pollutant was relatively mild over the Korean Peninsula and BoHai—the body of water immediately west of the peninsula—carbon monoxide grewthicker to the west.

26 March 2006

(source: EarthObservatory)

This image is a composite of readings from the Measurements of Pollution in The Troposphere(MOPITT) instrument flying onboard NASA’s Terra satellite. The image shows carbon monoxide concentrations between 1 March and26 March 2006. Dark blue indicates the lowest carbon monoxide concentrations while red indicates thehighest. Many of the populous regions in China show relatively highconcentrations, in yellow. Although less intense than the region around Beijing, a large portion of Southeast Asia also shows elevated levels of carbonmonoxide, in pale blue-green with small patches of yellow. Smoke from fires(for instance see: https://gfmc.online/gfmcnew/2006/03/0327/20060327_sea.htm)in that region likely contributed to the elevated pollutant. Gray areas show regions where the instrument could not collectdata. High-altitude land features, such as the Himalayas, can interfere with MOPITT datacollection.

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