Join the Sentinel Hub webinar: Arctic Wildfires – What can (and can’t) we know from satellites?
Satellite data are extremely useful in monitoring wildfire activity, including in the Arctic. Predictions over a decade ago suggested a ‘fire invasion’ at higher latitudes. We will explore, whether and how these Arctic wildfires can be seen through EO data. We will discuss “zombie fires’ that seem to survive the winter in peat soils and re-emerge the next year to ignite new fires, as well as the missing parts of the current EO data offering to ensure consistent monitoring.
You will also learn about the role of climate change in the occurrence of these Arctic wildfires and how this process might further drive climate change.
To answer as many relevant questions on the topic as possible, Pierre Markuse and Grega Milčinski, the co-creator of Sentinel Hub, will also help and share their expertise.
Dr Thomas Smith – Associate Professor in Environmental Geography, Department of Geography & Environment at the London School of Economics
Tom is a geographer and environmental scientist, specialising in interdisciplinary approaches to understanding the role of biomass burning in the Earth system. He enjoys highly collaborative field and lab research focussing on smoke emissions from wildland fires. He is particularly interested in peatland environments and the complex interactions between agricultural practices, peatland degradation, peat fire emissions characteristics and their associated impacts. Tom has been undertaking research at tropical peatland fire sites across Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei since 2013, and has undertaken satellite remote sensing projects to investigate fires in Arctic regions. His work focuses on measuring direct fire emissions and monitoring the impacts of fires on post-fire peatland greenhouse gas emissions.
Pierre Markuse – Remote Sensing and Social Media Specialist
Pierre Markuse is a well-known remote sensing specialist whose work you might have seen in media or on Twitter. He will be available for questions during the Q&A session.