Copernicus report: violent wildfires cause record emissions

Status: 01/06/2023 4:48 PM

Unusually early and unusually violent – according to a report by the European Union’s Copernicus Atmosphere Service, there were an unusually high number of wildfires in the Northern Hemisphere in the spring – hence particularly high emissions values.

The Northern Hemisphere has been exceptionally hit by wildfires this spring. This was announced by the European Union’s CAMS (Copernicus Atmospheric Monitoring Service) service. Record release was recorded in several territories.

Accordingly, the fires broke out much earlier this year – for example in Spain. “Since March 23, CSMS scientists have been able to record significant fire activity in different regions of Spain,” she said. According to the report, Valencia was particularly affected.

Emission values ​​continued to be very high in 2012

As a result, Spain recorded record levels of emissions in May, previously seen only in 2012. Among other things, the concentration of carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds in the atmosphere is measured.

She said aloud that the risk of wildfires was exacerbated “by the high temperatures and drought that hit the continent last winter.” Efficiency assurance management system message.

A major forest fire is out of control in the Spanish region of Extremadura.

Wildfires in Canada, Kazakhstan and Mongolia

Fires in Canada, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and some of Russia’s neighbors were above average. In May, one of the highest levels of emissions ever recorded was recorded in Canada. Saskatchewan has been hit particularly hard.

The previous emission record for this region in May was 2 megatons – and this year it has been exceeded by more than tenfold (23 megatons). Record levels of fire emissions were also achieved in the provinces of British Columbia, the Northwest Territories and Nova Scotia.

The Atmospheric Monitoring Service is one of the many components of the European Union’s Copernicus programme. Among other things, it provides data on the atmosphere, oceans, land, climate change, security and energy obtained from satellite imagery.


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