Occasionally, PNM’er Bill Scanlon likes to browse the online archives of the Library of Congress looking for interesting lectures related to science. He found a good one by NASA scientist Douglas Morton from Oct. 2014 titled “Climate and Wildfires in the 21st Century.” So, tonight we present clips from Morton’s lecture about how the use of NASA satellites and climate modeling are helping scientists learn about the causes, intensity, and effects of wildfires around the world.
Douglas Morton works at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center with a team of scientists and engineers that develop, operate and analyze data from NASA’s fleet of Earth-observing satellites. Morton’s research focuses on how fires contribute to global change. He is also part of the research team for Global Fire Emissions Database (GFED) to help understand wildfires’ contribution to climate change.
You can view Morton’s entire lecture by clicking on this Youtube link.