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A Global Burning Issue

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About the map

Wildfires have been an all too frequent topic of news in recent years. Sadly, they are only likely to increase in both frequency and severity, as the effects of climate change continue to escalate.

This map highlights the true scale and impact of recent wildfires. To better understand this, burn areas have been derived using satellite imagery and are shown not only in the location where the fire took place, but overlaid in the UK as well.    

Why it works

By positioning the wildfires over a location familiar to us, a better understanding of the scale of each wildfire can be gained. An equal-area projection was used for placing each wildfire over the UK, this distorted each features shape but maintained the correct area.

By using ArcGIS StoryMaps to present the data, the reader can navigate themselves through the map of each wildfire and clearly understand the narrative.

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