The 1997-1998 Fire Event in Indonesia.

TitleThe 1997-1998 Fire Event in Indonesia.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1999
AuthorsStolle F, Tomich T
JournalNature and Resources
Call NumberJA0136-04
Keywordsfires, Indonesia, Sumatra
AbstractIn I997, the entire Indonesian archipelago suffered from serious droughts associated with the climatological phenomenon known as El Niño Southern Oscillation. This resulted in an unprecedented fire episode where more than 9 million hectares of land were burnt in Indonesia. Smoke from the fires hung as a huge blanket over Southeast Asia, covering large cities such as Kuala tumpur and Singapore, restricting traffic (air, sea and land} and causing a severe health hazard. The smoke originated mainly from fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan. Analysis of the number and distribution of fires (detected as ‘hot spots’ by NOAH satellite imagery) indicates that the distribution of fires in time in Sumatra was very narrow.