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MOPITT Imagery for the November 2018 California Fires

MOPITT Imagery for the November 2018 California Fires

MOPITT Imagery for California Fires
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The Measurement of Pollution in the Troposphere (MOPITT) instrument is flying on board NASA's Terra satellite. It observes CO in the troposphere through thermal and near infrared channels. This product was created by the MOPITT Near-Real Time system on Saturday November 10, 2018 and submitted to Worldview. In this example, MOPITT used its thermal infrared band to retrieve total column CO. The data was produced by the MOPITT SIPS Team and the image was submitted by Sara Martinez-Alonso of the National Center for Atmospheric Research. The imagery clearly shows enhanced levels of CO associated with the Camp and Woolsey wildfires in northern and southern California, respectively. The high CO west of Mexico may be an aged part of the Woolsey/Camp plumes, based on the location of high CO the day before and on the smoke trajectories shown by the MODIS visible images. The CO profiles over that high CO west of Mexico show that the highest CO values may be in the mid troposphere (consistent with an aged plume), while profiles near the Camp Fire show that the very high CO values may be close to the surface (close to the source).For more information see https://www2.acom.ucar.edu/mopitt or to access the data see the MOPITT Data and Information page.

 

Credits: The MOPITT Science Team