Peering Through the Haze: What Data Can Tell Us About the Fires in Indonesia
- WRI Insights
While there’s been heated debate on the location, cause, and nature of the fires, WRI has compiled some initial data that reveals that there are some patterns to the distribution of fire alerts from NASA. Relatively few fire alerts have occurred in protected areas and selective logging concessions. Furthermore, half of the fire alerts are found on timber and oil palm plantations. Although it is illegal for companies in Indonesia to start forest or land fires, several companies have used fires for land clearing in the past. It will be important to gather more detailed information about the exact location of the fires and their causes, which could have important implications for the companies and government agencies involved....