October 23, 2007
With a click of the mouse button, the public can see NASA views from space, including some at Google Earth, of Southern California's raging wildfires and the ferocious Santa Ana winds that are driving them.
Images taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (Modis) on NASA's Terra and Aqua satellites are processed daily and made available by the JPL OnEarth Web Map Server, and at Google Earth. This effort is part of an ongoing collaboration with JPL, Google Earth, and NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., to make remote satellite imagery available to the public and decision makers. Latest Modis fire images at onearth.jpl.nasa.gov/socalfires
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., manages Aqua and Terra. Images from the NASA/JPL QuikScat satellite and Airs instrument on the Aqua satellite show the winds' powerful path.
Media contact: Alan Buis/JPL