According to the European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts’ Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service, emissions from wildfires in Canada are already treble their highest previously recorded level this year.

CAMS observations outnumber any previously recoded year in the Global Fire Assimilation System v 1.2’s history, which began in 2003.

So far this year, the system has identified 290 megatons of carbon emissions from Canada, which is more than double the previous high of 138 megatons set in 2014.

The GFAS “assimilates fire radiative power (FRP) observations from satellite-based sensors to produce daily estimates of wildfire and biomass burning emissions,” according to the European Commission. It also gives injection heights derived from fire observations, as well as meteorological data from the ECMWF operative weather predictions.”

The European Commission, in collaboration with the European Space Agency, manages the system, which has also been used to monitor wildfires in Greece, Algeria, and Italy.

“We have been monitoring wildfire emissions across Canada for three months, since the beginning of May, and they have almost continuously increased to a level that is already significantly higher than the previous annual total fire emissions for Canada in our dataset,” said CAMS senior scientist Mark Parrington.

“Because fire emissions from boreal regions typically peak at the end of July and early August,” Parrington explained, “the total is likely to continue rising for a few more weeks, and we will continue to monitor.”

CAMS data is often updated and publicly available online.


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