Amazon is burning again; a new tool can help track the fires
The Amazon is burning once again and reports say this year could be more devastating than 2019. But there is some good news at last! NASA-funded researchers have developed a new tool which now makes it easier for authorities and other stakeholders to track the fires by their types, locations and risk factors. The satellite-driven, web-based tool quickly classifies fires into one of four categories — deforestation, understory fires, small clearing and agricultural fires, and savanna/grassland fires. The fire season in the Amazon typically intensifies in August and peaks in September and October.