The Environmental, Economic and Social Impact of Drought
Satellite imagery of soot and ash from forest fires caught in the winds

The information in this video was accurate as of the original publication date.

Audience: Educators and Students
Grades: 9-12
Year: 2002


This NASA video segment highlights the impact of drought on a global scale. Viewers learn that during a drought the risk of fire increases. Fire produces soot and ash that travel across continents via the trade winds. The video also discusses how this decreased air quality can kill certain organisms and can affect the development of hurricanes.

The Environmental, Economic and Social Impact of Drought
Duration: 2 minutes 23 seconds
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This video clip is part of the Our Home: Earth From Space DVD that may be ordered from the Central Operation of Resources for Educators, or CORE  →.


Other video learning clips in this series:
Interconnection of Earth's Systems
The Right Tools: Sensing Earth From Space
Global Effect of El Niño
The Influence of Global Warming on Earth's Systems
Doing Our Part to Prevent Global Warming
Lifecycle of a Hurricane
Linking Earth System Events