Copernicus shows smoke from the Serra da Estrela fire in Madrid

Deepak Gupta August 18, 2022
Updated 2022/08/18 at 10:12 AM

The size of the fire is such that the smoke from the Serra da Estrela fire reached Madrid. The Copernicus Emergency Management Service (EMS Copernicus) already has images.

The fire that happened in Serra da Estrela is an environmental “tragedy”! It will take years for us to see the Serra as it was a few days ago and, according to the latest data, an area corresponding to 25,000 football stadiums burned.

The Copernicus Emergency Management Service (EMS Copernicus) provides all stakeholders involved in the management of natural disasters, man-made emergencies and humanitarian crises with current and accurate geospatial information derived from satellite remote sensing and supplemented by of available open or in situ data.

Copernicus EMS has two components:

  • a cartography component;
  • an early warning component.

The cartography component of the service (Copernicus EMS - Cartography) has worldwide coverage and provides the aforementioned stakeholders (mainly Civil Protection authorities and humanitarian aid agencies) with maps based on satellite images.

Copernicus shows smoke from the Serra da Estrela fire in Madrid

The EMS early warning component of Copernicus consists of three different systems:

  • The European Flood Awareness System (EFAS), which provides an overview of ongoing or anticipated floods in Europe up to 10 days in advance.
  • The European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS), which provides near-real-time and historical information on wildfires and wildfire regimes in the regions of Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.
  • The European Drought Observatory (EDO), which provides drought-relevant information and early warnings for Europe.

In a post made on Twitter by Directorate-General for Defense and Space Industry (DG DEFIS), it is possible to see an image showing that the smoke from the Serra da Estrela fire reached Madrid. According to the information, the smoke traveled about 300 km, according to the record captured on 16 August.

It is also worth remembering that on August 16, many Madrid residents asked the Spanish Emergency Service where the fire was. The information provided indicated that it was a fire originating in Serra da Estrela.

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