Western Amazon Fire Forecast

These graphs include July-September fire season anomaly hindcasts and forecasts in the Western Amazon. The incidence is on a standardized scale and is based on the north tropical Atlantic (NTA) sea surface temperature (SST) seasonal forecast issued in Mar, April, May and June. Positive values indicate an expected active fire season and negative values stand for a mild fire season.

Lead 1 stands for the first trimester SST forecast and Lead-2 for the the second trimester SST forecast. For example, March Lead-1 forecast uses April-June SST forecast to calculate the NTA index and predict the following JAS fire season. March Lead-2 uses May-July SST forecast to calculate the NTA and predict JAS fire season and so on. As we advance in the seasons, the more accurate the forecast is expected to be.

Use the drop-down menus at the top of the page to select the map field (Forecast or Observed) and the forecast issue month to display.

Documentation: Fernandes, K., et al. (2011), North Tropical Atlantic influence on western Amazon fire season variability, Geophysical Research Letters, 38, doi:10.1029/2011gl047392

How to use this interactive map

Return to the menu page: Click the blue link called “Climate and Fire” at the top left corner of the page.

Select the fire forecast or observation date: The fire forecasts are for the July-September season. To view the fire forecast or hindcast of interest, select the year of the July-September fire season from the time control that appears when you mouse over the map, and then the "Month Forecast Issued" from the pull-down menu at the top of the page.

Select the map of interest to display: Options available in the "Field" pull-down menu include "Forecast" and "Observed".

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