FIRE | An ESA documentary


The summer fire season is well under way in Europe – countries all around the Mediterranean are experiencing record temperatures coupled with huge wildfires that have led to mass evacuations. In this enthralling new ESA documentary, explore how people on the frontline are using space to better monitor and fight the flames.

Follow the incredible stories of the firefighters who dealt with unprecedented fires in Gironde, France, and the forest officers using satellite data to plan for the forests’ recovery. Journey into the heart of Earth’s elemental might and discover how space is changing the game for monitoring volcanic eruptions too – including one of the world’s most studied volcano, Mount Etna.

FIRE is the first episode of ESA’s new series centred around the elements and showcases how Earth observation has become crucial to those fighting climate change on the ground.

00:00 – 11:23 Fighting wildfires in Gironde
11:23 – 24:13 The fire from volcanoes – walking up Mount Etna
24:13 – 31:45 Regenerating the burnt forests and getting ready for the next fire season in Gironde
31:45 – 33:01 Outro

Credits: ESA – European Space Agency

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