NASA Earth Observatory features Holly’s sugarcane research

Satellite image of smoke plumes from sugarcane fires near Belle Glade, Florida. Image from Landsat 8 Operational Land Imager (OLI) on January 5, 2021.

Holly’s research on sugarcane fires in Florida was featured in the NASA Earth Observatory Picture of the Day for February 5. Landsat images collected earlier in January 2021 show several prominent smoke plumes over South Florida, originating from burning sugarcane fields during the winter harvest season. These smoke plumes are a regular feature during winter and Holly’s work is quantifying their effects on air quality using data from satellites, ground sensors, and an atmospheric dispersion model.