By Asa Strong
Story Maps are a unique way to share a narrative with a geographic focus through web-maps and multi-media content such as text, photos, and video. Global Forest Watch Fires is an online platform for monitoring and responding to forest and land fires in Southeast Asia using near real-time information. The environmental, economic, and social implications of these fires are explored, and the main functionality of the website is explained, in this story map. Click on the image below to launch the application to learn more about how GFW Fires can empower people to better combat harmful fires before they burn out of control and hold accountable those who may have burned forest illegally.