Wildfires in Eastern Africa — Will Climate Change Increase the Intensity of Wildfires?

Mt. Kenya Forest Fires February 2019
Figure 1: Map of the world showing fire locations recorded by satellite in the 7 days between 27th May and 2nd June 2020. Source NASA firms (Fire Information for Resource Management System).
Figure 2: Eastern Africa maps showing spatial fire distribution and intensity for selected months in the two fire seasons. The data used is based on the Long Term Average active fires for the period 2000–2017 (source: eStation courtesy of GMES & Africa project).
Figure 3: Fire incidences in South Sudan from October 2018 to March 2020 (source: eStation courtesy of GMES & Africa project). The orange vertical bars represent Long Term average numbers of active fires (2000–2017), the black vertical bars the actual active numbers up to today. The bold dark green curve is the current vegetation index NDVI, while the light green curve is the Long Term average NDVI.
Figure 4: Z-Score of active fires in the Eastern African countries from 2002 to 2019 (source: eStation courtesy of GMES & Africa project)
  • For regional climate and climate forecasts information and data, visit (ICPAC website) or National Meteorological Agencies.
  • To download satellite derived data such as fire, vegetation and soil moisture, visit http://gmes.icpac.net/data-center and other satellite derived data providers.

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