NASA’s climate change team has released new animation showing the impact of smoke from Australian wildfires on the global climate. In the video below, the space agency uses different colors to show the global concentration of aerosols and their densities from August 2019 to January 2020. NASA says some of the smoke has entered the bottom of the stratosphere.
NASA says the video also shows a number of major events, in addition to the bushfires in Australia, which include hurricane Dorian Hurricane Dorian and some of the fires in Indonesia and South America. Different suspended particles are represented in the video using the following colors:
Orange – Dust
Blue and sea salt
Red s carbon
Similarly, lighter colors indicate a higher number of suspended particles in these areas. Wildfires in Australia have reportedly burned for months, burning more than 2000 homes and killing 28 people. Nasa based on satellite images that show smoke from the fire sprons across the Pacific Ocean, across South America, and “around the Earth for half a week” by January 8.
NASA said the smog is expected to orbit the Earth for at least a week and return over Australia. Experts say climate change has exacerbated the scale and intensity of the fire.