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"22.10.2016 15:02:46" Timeline Photos A Blaze of Yellow
Fall in northern Sweden is a brief but spectacular affair. For a few weeks in October, alpine forests in this remote part of Swedish Lapland turn blazing shades of yellow and orange.
The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on the Landsat 8
"21.10.2016 18:39:00" Earth Expeditions: A Natural Cloud/Climate Laboratory Southern Africa produces almost a third of the world's vegetative burning, which sends smoke particles up into the atmosphere, where they can mix with stratocumulus clouds over the southeastern Atlantic Ocean. The #EarthExpedition Observations of Clouds
"21.10.2016 15:09:38" earthobservatory.nasa.gov A Second Massive Ice Avalanche in Tibet : Image of the Day A Second Massive Ice Avalanche in Tibet
In July 2016, a massive and mysterious avalanche sent glacial ice and rock spilling down a valley in the Aru Range of Tibet. Leading glaciologists were baffled by what might have caused the avalanche, which killed
"20.10.2016 23:16:27" jpl.nasa.gov The Life Cycle of a Flood Revealed A NASA analysis of a 2015 Texas flood is the first to document the full life cycle and impacts of a flood on both land and ocean. NASA SMAP Mission Records Texas Flood Effects on Land and Sea
Using data from NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite and other satellite instruments, a newly-published NASA study traced a 2015 Texas flood's chronology -- starting with rains
"20.10.2016 20:52:26" Earth Expeditions: Melting Greenland Glaciers Global sea level rise is one of the major environmental challenges of the 21st Century. #EarthExpedition Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) is paving the way for improved estimates of sea level rise by addressing the question: to what extent are the oceans
"20.10.2016 15:36:24" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Another Typhoon Hits the Philippines : Image of the Day Another Typhoon Hits the Philippines
Within the span of a week, powerful back-to-back typhoons pummeled the Philippines in October. First, Typhoon Sarika made landfall over Luzon on October 15, 2016. Then Typhoon Haima hit the island four days
"19.10.2016 16:07:44" Timeline Photos New Earth Observatory magazine with stories just for kids. Find out where all of Earth's fresh water is and try some fun #experiments! Download the first issue of NASA's newest kid's magazine, EO Kids, and Explore your #Earth.
"19.10.2016 15:00:43" Timeline Photos Hurricane Nicole's Cold Water Wake
When Hurricane Nicole blew across the Atlantic and over Bermuda in October 2016, the storm stirred up the ocean and left a distinctive pattern in its wake. Sea surface temperature data reveals Nicole's impact on the
"19.10.2016 01:18:54" media.giphy.com giphy.com September 2016 was Warmest on Record by Narrow Margin
September 2016 was the warmest September in 136 years of modern record-keeping, according to a monthly analysis of global temperatures by scientists at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies
"18.10.2016 20:51:30" NASA IceBridge: Fit to Fly
"18.10.2016 18:58:12" nasa.gov Historical Records May Underestimate Sea Level Rise A new NASA/university study finds tide gauges, the longest, best-quality historical records of ocean water levels, may have underestimated 20th century global sea level rise. A new study using NASA's Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellite data finds that tide gauges -- the longest and highest-quality records of historical ocean water levels -- may have underestimated the amount of global average sea level
"18.10.2016 17:55:00" NASA Operation IceBridge The OIB campaign kickoff feature is live! http://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2016/nasa-launches-eighth-year-of-antarctic-ice-change-airborne-survey
"18.10.2016 15:19:53" Timeline Photos Oil Fields Along the Ob River
The Ob River runs a course through the middle of Russia's largest and most important gas and oil region. The West Siberian Basin, a vast region of tundra and taiga in north-central Russia, contributes about two-thirds of the
"17.10.2016 20:56:58" Timeline Photos Typhoon Sarika Over the Philippines
At 1:10 p.m. local time (05:10 Universal Time) on October 15, 2016, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite captured this image of Typhoon Sarika bearing down on the
"17.10.2016 15:50:37" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Hurricane Roundup: Matthew from Above : Earth Matters : Blogs Hurricane Roundup: Matthew from Above
After Hurricane Matthew ripped through Haiti, it blew through the Southeast. From above, NASA satellites, aircraft, and astronauts kept watch on the storm. The Earth Observatory published several images of the
"17.10.2016 15:02:50" Timeline Photos Santorini, Greece
The islands in this photograph (taken from the International Space Station) are arranged in an oval shape. They are all that remains of what was once a large, circular volcano.
The largest island in the ring is the tourist mecca of
"16.10.2016 14:44:59" Timeline Photos A Curious Ensemble of Wonderful Features
When John Wesley Powell explored the Colorado River in 1869, he made the first thorough survey of one of the last blank spots on the map. The expedition began in May at Green River, Wyoming, and ended three months
"15.10.2016 19:00:00" Timeline Photos Amid today's multitude of Earth-observing satellites, one truism remains: No sensor can image the past. By working with international ground stations around the globe, the Landsat program has been able to add nearly 4 million historic images to its
"15.10.2016 15:00:00" eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov Hurricane Matthew's Aftermath in Haiti
A week after Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti, the death toll had climbed to 1,000 people, and United Nations agencies struggled to bring aid to devastated communities. The scope of the destruction on the Caribbean
"13.10.2016 22:00:00" Our #EarthExpedition Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) sees a glacier in retreat. This island at the mouth of Upernavik Glacier on the northwest coast of Greenland was photographed during the September 2016 OMG field campaign. Until 1950, this glacier had
"13.10.2016 19:32:20" Timeline Photos Rare Hurricane Hits Bermuda
Hurricane Nicole bore down on Bermuda on the morning of October 13, 2016. The storm broke records as it stirred up the Atlantic Ocean for more than a week, growing to a category-4 storm.
As it neared the island, Nicole became
"13.10.2016 19:11:15" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Beaufort Gyre Exploration Project 2016: Searching for Sea Ice : Notes from the Field : Blogs The annual Beaufort Gyre Exploration Project is enabling scientists to better understand the freshwater balance of the Arctic Ocean. Timed in late summer to coincide with the Arctic sea ice minimum, the campaign provides scientists with an opportunity to
"13.10.2016 15:42:07" Josh Willis With our primary mission to survey the continental shelf around Greenland complete, the OMG crew set out on one last mission to survey a major fjord system along the east coast. The weather was good and the view was spectacular. We collected 7 good #EarthExpedition Oceans Melting Greenland finished its primary mission for 2016 studying how the oceans are melting Greenland's ice from below.
"13.10.2016 15:03:57" Timeline Photos Mapping Storm Patterns Over Lake Victoria
With a surface area of nearly 27,000 square miles (70,000 square kilometers), Lake Victoria is the biggest lake in Africa. It is also notoriously dangerous for more than 200,000 people from Uganda, Kenya, and
"12.10.2016 18:39:15" Timeline Photos A Porcupine Loses its Tongue
In late August 2016, a deep rift widened and an iceberg heaved away from the Porcupine Glacier in northern British Columbia. Glaciologist Mauri Pelto, who has been analyzing satellite imagery of glaciers since the 1980s,
"12.10.2016 16:24:07" Earth Expedition: OMG based in Iceland to survey Greenland's w... Last week, #EarthExpedition Oceans Melting Greenland team re-positioned to Iceland to finish their coastal survey of Greenland's waters. If you want to learn more about the mission, head over to OMG principal investigator Josh Willis' page:
"12.10.2016 01:31:27" nasa.gov NASA-Produced Maps Help Gauge Italy Earthquake Damage A NASA-funded program provided valuable information for the response to the strong August earthquake in central Italy.
"10.10.2016 19:02:01" A Long Deployment, on Ice
"10.10.2016 15:43:45" Timeline Photos Hurricane Matthew Floods the Carolinas
Though its winds had weakened some, Hurricane Matthew delivered record amounts of rain to parts of South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia. In many coastal areas, the storm dumped well over 12 inches (30
"08.10.2016 17:33:10" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Power Outages Plague Southeast : Natural Hazards Power Outages Plague Southeast
After grazing Florida and Georgia, Hurricane Matthew plowed into South Carolina southeast of McClellanville as a category 1 storm. Strong winds, falling trees, and storm surge flooding knocked out power in coastal areas of
"08.10.2016 17:28:25" NASA Goddard NASA's Precipitation Measurement Missions' GPM core satellite captured Hurricane Matthew in 3-D as it made landfall on Haiti and as it traveled up to the Florida coast.
The Global Precipitation Measurement Mission or GPM flew directly over the storm
"08.10.2016 16:09:52" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Paw Paw Bends : Image of the Day Paw Paw Bends
For 297 kilometers (185 miles) from Georgetown in Washington, D.C., to Cumberland, Maryland, the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal generally follows along the north bank of the Potomac River. Constructed over a span of 22 years starting in 1828, the
"07.10.2016 21:42:10" Timeline Photos Hurricane Matthew Soaks Haiti
On October 4, 2016, Matthew slammed into southwestern Haiti near Les Anglais as a category 4 hurricane. Over the next few days, the slow-moving storm dropped upwards of 800 millimeters (30 inches) across parts of the
"07.10.2016 18:48:23" Timeline Photos Hurricane Matthew Brushes Florida Coast
After devastating Haiti earlier this week, Hurricane Matthew has closed in on the Atlantic coast. On October 7, 2016, the storm's western eyewall brushed parts of Florida, the National Hurricane Center
"07.10.2016 17:01:31" Precipitation Measurement Missions We're talking about the science behind Hurricane Matthew using NASA satellite observations from space. NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement Mission or GPM core satellite saw tremendous amounts of rainfall throughout Haiti. GPM has now captured Matthew Join NASA scientists live for the latest look inside Hurricane Matthew.
"07.10.2016 16:59:08" www.nasa.gov NASA/NOAA Team Deploy Global Hawk to Track Hurricane Matthew NASA's Global Hawk aircraft was deployed to Florida from Armstrong Flight Research Center on Oct. 6 to monitor and take scientific measurements of Hurricane Matthew. NASA's Global Hawk aircraft is currently flying over Hurricane Matthew as part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Sensing Hazards Operational Unmanned Technology (SHOUT) mission. Real-time data collected from the flight will be
"07.10.2016 11:27:25" NASA Goddard The most recent 3D view from space shows just how massive #HurricaneMatthew is...
NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core observatory satellite flew over Hurricane Matthew several times as the storm headed toward Florida.
Three As #HurricaneMatthew marched toward Florida, NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement mission captured the storm's evolution.
On Thursday afternoon a satellite overpass observed the beginning of eyewall replacement, a phenomenon associated with the
"07.10.2016 00:03:12" Teamwork Makes for a Dream Team
"06.10.2016 23:01:55" Timeline Photos An Infrared Look at Hurricane Matthew from NASA's AIRS
Hurricane Matthew, currently an extremely dangerous Category 4 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, continues to bear down on the southeastern United States. At 11:23 a.m. PDT (2:23
"06.10.2016 22:30:00" Timeline Photos Tomorrow, NASA's Precipitation Measurement Missions will host a Facebook LIVE on 'The Science of the Storm" concerning #HurricaneMatthew at 1 pm EDT / 10am PDT.
"06.10.2016 20:11:31" Earth Expeditions: OMG's Steve Dinardo G-III Tour Take a quick tour of the Oceans Melting Greenland's aircraft and probe drop system with project manager Steve Dinardo. It's all part of our #EarthExpedition addressing the question: To what extent are the oceans melting Greenland's ice from below?
"06.10.2016 18:59:15" media.giphy.com giphy.com Video: Hurricane Matthew Approaching the Florida Coast
This time-lapse animation shows Hurricane Matthew as observed by NOAA's GOES-East, a geostationary weather satellite that monitors the eastern half of the continental United States and the Atlantic
"06.10.2016 18:51:31" Timeline Photos Hurricane Matthew en route to Florida
On October 4, 2016, Hurricane Matthew made landfall on Haiti and Cuba. The interaction with land, however, did not do much to weaken the storm. As of October 6, 2016, Matthew had strengthened and was expected to
"06.10.2016 16:24:31" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Ravenous Mites Devastate Puerto Rico's Palms : Image of the Day Ravenous Mites Devastate Puerto Rico's Palms
It all began with a single, pregnant mite. Within a few years, thousands of acres of bright green forests would yellow and wither.
From its home in the Eastern Hemisphere, the mite crossed the Atlantic Ocean
"05.10.2016 13:46:08" media.giphy.com giphy.com The Language of Science: Do's and Don'ts of Extreme Rainfall
In the United States, we say “it's raining cats and dogs” when we get a heavy downpour. In South Africa, it rains “women with clubs.” In Slovakia, a good soak means “tractors are
"05.10.2016 00:47:30" Timeline Photos Hurricane Matthew Hits Haiti
On October 4, 2016, Hurricane Matthew made landfall on southwestern Haiti as a category-4 storm—the strongest storm to hit the Caribbean nation in more than 50 years. Just hours after landfall, the Moderate Resolution Imaging
"04.10.2016 23:38:27" nasa.gov www.nasa.gov NASA Sees Hurricane Matthew over Haiti Tuesday Morning
On the morning of October 4, 2016, Hurricane Matthew passed over the island nation of Haiti. A Category 4 storm, it made landfall around 7 a.m. local time (5 a.m. PDT/8 a.m. EDT) with sustained winds
"04.10.2016 12:48:16" Bullseye! The Hunt for Open Arctic Water
"04.10.2016 11:27:34" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Phytoplankton Diversity in Disko Bay : Image of the Day Phytoplankton Diversity in Disko Bay
It's rare to have cloud-free conditions and a clear view of Greenland and its massive ice sheet. But that was the case on July 26, 2016, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua
"03.10.2016 15:56:47" Taking the Ocean's Temperature Around Greenland
"03.10.2016 14:01:00" Timeline Photos Set your alarms for a Facebook Live from Iceland today, where we will talk with Oceans Melting Greenland's scientists and pilots in the field. The OMG team is deploying temperature and salinity probes to survey coastal waters in order to better understand
"03.10.2016 10:55:49" Timeline Photos Grosser Aletschgletscher
An astronaut aboard the International Space Station took this photograph of the highest mountain in the Swiss Alps and the center of western Eurasia's largest glaciated area. This is the Jungfrau-Aletsch protected area. These
"02.10.2016 19:25:11" Timeline Photos We're hosting a Facebook Live tomorrow with #EarthExpedition Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) scientists Josh Willis and Ian Fenty and our NASA pilots. They will discuss the OMG mission and answer questions, which you may ask in the comments below.
"02.10.2016 14:58:57" Timeline Photos A Trio of Plumes in the South Sandwich Islands
On September 29, 2016, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite captured this false-color image (MODIS bands 7-2-1) showing volcanic activity in the South Sandwich
"01.10.2016 11:51:00" Timeline Photos Some Tea With Your River, Sir?
Remote Rupert Bay in northern Quebec is a place where the majesty and dynamism of fluid dynamics is regularly on display. With several rivers pouring into this nook of James Bay, the collision of river and sea water
"30.09.2016 21:09:47" Fly along with Josh Willis, the principal investigator of NASA's Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) campaign, as researchers drop scientific probes from aircraft into the water off the coast of Greenland. The goal is to document how seawater is melting the
"30.09.2016 17:47:36" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Nairobi Swells with Urban Growth : Image of the Day Nairobi Swells with Urban Growth
As nations develop their economies, younger generations are drawn from rural areas into cities. Urban growth rates in recent years have been particularly pronounced in lower and middle-income countries. Africa depicts
"29.09.2016 21:10:37" nasa.gov NASA's Next Ocean Monitoring Spacecraft to be Built at Goddard The spacecraft for a new satellite mission designed to monitor microscopic ocean life and its outsized impact on Earth's climate will be built at Goddard.
"29.09.2016 20:20:46" OMG: We've Returned to Greenland!
"29.09.2016 18:01:11" Timeline Photos Julia: A Drenching, Perplexing Tropical Storm
Tropical Storm Julia made headlines in September 2016, but not in the usual way. It wasn't a particularly strong or destructive storm, although it brought heavy rainfall to coastal areas of the eastern United
"29.09.2016 14:17:33" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Unseasonal Flooding in Iowa : Image of the Day Unseasonal Flooding in Iowa
A series of heavy rainstorms has brought unseasonal flooding to parts of the U.S. Midwest. According to the National Weather Service, many areas in northern Iowa, southern Minnesota, and western Wisconsin received anywhere
"28.09.2016 14:26:59" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Typhoon Megi Passes Taiwan : Image of the Day Typhoon Megi Passes Taiwan
Typhoon Megi is the most recent in a string of storms that have battered Taiwan this year. The category 4 storm left more than 2.9 million Taiwanese without power to their homes and businesses, the Associated Press reported. In
"27.09.2016 20:51:07" youtube.com Jason-3 live briefing At 16:00 (CEST) on 19 September 2016, representatives of all of the Jason-3 programme partners – EUMETSAT, the French Space Agency (CNES), the US's National ... Jason-3 Update
The Jason-3 ocean-monitoring satellite was launched from Vandenberg AFB on January 17 this year.
After months of carefully checking its instruments and the quality of the data it is sending back to Earth, Jason-3 is now being readied to
"27.09.2016 16:39:48" Taking the Pulse of the Reef: “It's Algalicious”
"27.09.2016 13:32:15" Timeline Photos The 'Land of Giants'
If ever there were a place that makes a human feel ant-sized, it is Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
Roughly one-third of the world's naturally occurring sequoias grow in 75 groves in these adjacent parks, according to the
"26.09.2016 18:16:39" Earth Expeditions: Perfect timing for CORAL #EarthExpedition CORAL project scientist Michelle Gierach reviews a successful day of operations at Heron Island, Australia. As the in-water calibration-validation teams set out to collect data on the reef, the Gulfstream IV aircraft, outfitted with the
"26.09.2016 13:26:15" Timeline Photos Living in a Desert Basin
An astronaut aboard the International Space Station looked west from more than 700 kilometers (400 miles) away and focused an 800 mm lens on the shorelines of Utah Lake and other water bodies in Utah. Shorelines are easy to see
"25.09.2016 19:00:00" nasa.gov Renowned Scientist Tells Story of Earth's Changing Climate at Lecture Renowned Scientist Dr. Warren Washington Visited NASA Langley to Give Lecture on Climate Change What has Warren Washington learned in 50 years of climate modeling? “If we don't do anything about climate change, in terms of cutting back, this is what we'll end up with — having a much warmer planet, especially on land and much more in the Arctic
"25.09.2016 17:00:00" Timeline Photos Doing science sometimes pushes you outside your comfort zone. Read the latest Note from our CORAL #EarthExpedition as they continue to study Australia's Great Barrier Reef:
"25.09.2016 14:23:16" earthobservatory.nasa.gov A Desert Landscape Scarred by Fire : Image of the Day A Desert Landscape Scarred by Fire
The Gibson Desert in Western Australia is a vast, desolate, and beautiful place. Aside from patchy tufts of desert grass and the occasional shrub or tree, the fire-prone landscape is mainly one of undulating red dunes,
"25.09.2016 12:14:21" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Smoke and Fires in Central Russia : Image of the Day Smoke and Fires in Central Russia
In mid-September 2016, wildfires continued to burn in Siberia amid what has been an active fire season for the region.
The first (natural-color) image, acquired on September 18, 2016, by the Moderate Resolution Imaging
"24.09.2016 21:30:00" Timeline Photos For 15 years, data techniques pioneered by NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, have been revolutionizing biomedical research. JPL and the National Cancer Institute renewed a research partnership through 2021, extending the development
"24.09.2016 20:15:00" Earth Expeditions: GPS in the water with CORAL GPS is an important part of #EarthExpedition CORAL's mapping of reefs. The mission is currently in Australia, both flying and diving above the Great Barrier Reef. Check out our latest Note which goes in-depth beneath the waves with the CORAL dive team:
"23.09.2016 19:20:43" Coral Reef Close-up: CORAL Goes Down Under Down Under
"23.09.2016 18:25:03" nasa.gov NASA-Funded Scientific Ballooners Wrap Up Fourth and Final Campaign The scientists of the BARREL team sent their last balloon soaring toward the stratosphere over Sweden on Aug. 30, 2016, capping off four years of launches to study how electrons 'rain' into Earth's atmosphere near the North and South poles.
"22.09.2016 23:00:02" Earth Expeditions: CORAL at the Great Barrier Reef #EarthExpedition COral Reef Airborne Laboratory (CORAL) is designed to transform our understanding of Earth's valuable and ecologically sensitive coral reefs. CORAL is in Australia for a two-month investigation of the Great Barrier Reef, the world's
"22.09.2016 20:33:02" Timeline Photos Puerto Rico Goes Dark
Late on September 21, 2016, a fire at a power plant substation in southern Puerto Rico triggered a cascade of problems across the island's aging electrical grid. The event knocked out power to nearly 1.5 million customers.
"22.09.2016 14:08:28" First Day of Fall 2016 First Day of Fall 2016
One of the most frequently misunderstood concepts in science is the reason for Earth's seasons. As we experience the September equinox today we thought we'd offer a space-based view of what's going on.
Around 6 a.m. local time
"21.09.2016 19:58:57" Timeline Photos Our Coral Reef Airborne Laboratory (CORAL) scientist Steve Dollar from the University of Hawaii takes photos of the reef floor in the Great Barrier Reef as part of this NASA research project now in Australia. The image will be used to characterize the
"21.09.2016 19:04:08" NASA GLOBE Observer Thank you #citizenscience observers from around the world! We love your photos so keep them coming!
"21.09.2016 16:21:37" Timeline Photos September Puzzler
Our September puzzler is out! Your challenge is to use the comments section to tell us what part of the world we are looking at, when the image was acquired, what the image shows, and why the scene is interesting. Can you explain why
"21.09.2016 16:12:58" Soberanes Still Burns Soberanes Still Burns
In late July 2016, an illegal campfire gave rise to the Soberanes fire that grew near the California coast between Monterey and Big Sur. The wildfire continued burning in the Los Padres National Forest through August. As of late
"21.09.2016 00:22:57" International Space Station The moon, city lights and thunderstorms illuminate these nighttime views of Earth. A view like no other.
"20.09.2016 21:24:49" Timeline Photos Have a spare moment? Check out the blog written by the scientists and pilots based in Namibia for the ORACLES mission. A team of 100-plus scientists from NASA and universities traveled to the country's west coast to study the interactions of clouds,
"20.09.2016 21:19:12" Timeline Photos Polar sea ice grows and shrinks dramatically each year, driven by seasonal cycles. Habitat for wildlife and harbinger of changing climate, sea ice offers scientists important clues about the state of our planet.
Our newly updated fact sheet, "Sea Ice,"
"20.09.2016 15:47:01" How Cities and Suburbs Affect Chesapeake Bay
"19.09.2016 17:20:21" No Worries as NASA's CORAL has a Very G' Day
"19.09.2016 14:32:46" Timeline Photos Water Swirls, Gulf of St. Lawrence
Orbiting above eastern North America, a crew member on the International Space Station photographed a dense pattern of eddies in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Caught briefly in the Sun's “glint point,” reflections off the
"17.09.2016 21:00:00" La Nina Unlikely in the Months Ahead, According to NASA Model Not too hot, not too cold – instead, water temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean should be just around normal for the rest of 2016, according to forecasts from NASA Goddard's Global Modeling and Assimilation Office, or GMAO.
With these neutral
"17.09.2016 14:45:37" earthobservatory.nasa.gov NASA Earth Greenland's Lesser-Known Glaciers
Scientists and crew with NASA's Operation IceBridge, which makes annual aerial surveys of polar ice, have just concluded another series of science flights over the Arctic. The late-summer flights follow a previous series
"16.09.2016 18:42:22" Timeline Photos Study: Typhoons in the Northwestern Pacific are Getting Stronger
While I was interviewing University of North Carolina climate scientist Wei Mei about his new research that shows a significant increase in the intensity of land-falling typhoons in the
"16.09.2016 15:39:25" A World Without The Montreal Protocol The World We Avoided by Protecting the Ozone Layer
Today, September 16, is International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer--the anniversary of the signing of the Montreal Protocol, a landmark piece of legislation that began phasing out the
"15.09.2016 20:35:56" Arctic Sea Ice 2016 The sea ice cover of the Arctic Ocean last week reached its smallest extent in nearly 40 years of satellite measurements.
"15.09.2016 17:11:00" Timeline Photos On September 10, Arctic sea ice melted to its second smallest extent in nearly 40 years of satellite observations, according to NASA scientists.
This summer's melt season continued the long-term decline of the ice cover that has become one of the most
"15.09.2016 14:01:48" earthobservatory.nasa.gov NASA Earth Siberian River Has Turned Red Before, Satellites Show
Photographs from Noril'sk flooded the internet in September 2016, showing a scarlet-hued Daldykan River. Headlines proclaimed: “Russian river mysteriously turns blood red.”
Yet, such color changes
"14.09.2016 22:36:25" Meet NASA's Coral Reef Hyperspectral Heroes
"14.09.2016 18:02:50" NASA GLOBE Observer Jessica Taylor, #cloud scientist and education specialist at NASA Langley Research Center describes why scientists are interested in clouds and how people -- just like you -- can help further cloud science.
Download the #NASAGO #app and start taking some Help NASA better understand clouds by collecting data with the GLOBE Observer app: http://observer.globe.gov
"14.09.2016 16:38:44" Josh Willis OMG PI and most of the crew here on the runway in Greenland. We landed safe and collected our first 5 ocean profiles today. Only 245 to go! Our #EarthExpedition Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) has begun work on the next stage of their field campaign -- dropping temperature and salinity probes from an aircraft into the seas surrounding Greenland.
For a first-hand look at OMG, follow principal
"14.09.2016 12:55:59" Timeline Photos Super Typhoon Meranti
Super Typhoon Meranti neared Taiwan on September 13, 2016. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite acquired this natural-color image the same day. At the time, Meranti was a category 5
"14.09.2016 01:00:09" FACEBOOK LIVE: Q&A With NASA Scientists Studying the Great Bar... LIVE: NASA scientist Michelle Gierach and engineer Ernesto Diaz take your questions about the CORAL mission, our latest #EarthExpedition, in Cairns, Australia, the Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. CORAL will provide the most extensive picture yet of the
"13.09.2016 23:47:29" nasa.gov NASA Begins Study of Australia's Great Barrier Reef A NASA airborne mission designed to transform our understanding of Earth's ecologically sensitive coral reefs has arrived in Australia to investigate the Great Barrier Reef. Our airborne #EarthExpedition is designed to transform our understanding of Earth's valuable and ecologically sensitive coral reefs. The CORAL team is in Australia for a two-month investigation of the Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest reef
"13.09.2016 18:40:29" NASA's CORAL Mission Journeys to Oz
"13.09.2016 16:28:11" Timeline Photos FACEBOOK LIVE: Sometimes we have to go to beautiful places to do important science – like Cairns, Australia, Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.
NASA scientist Michelle Gierach and engineer Ernesto Diaz will be talking about the CORAL mission, our latest
"13.09.2016 12:43:27" Timeline Photos Parched New England
Though it is not yet as bad as the drought that struck New England in 1965, meteorologists are calling the current drought in the Northeast the worst dry spell in more than a decade. For much of the summer of 2016, a high-pressure
"12.09.2016 23:27:18" Solo Science Flying at 65,000 Feet
"12.09.2016 23:04:52" media.giphy.com giphy.com Visualizing the Warmest August in 136 Years
August 2016 was the warmest August in 136 years of modern record-keeping, according to a monthly analysis of global temperatures by scientists at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS).
"12.09.2016 22:30:11" We're talking about GLOBE Observer, a new smartphone app that allows you to make environmental observations that complement NASA satellite observations. Your GLOBE Observer data will help scientists studying Earth and the global environment.
"12.09.2016 21:22:17" Notes from the Field: Shades of Blue
"12.09.2016 16:40:22" Earth Expeditions: AERONET tracks aerosols While the #EarthExpedition ORACLES planes are flying in the air, the Aerosol Robotic Network, or AERONET, instruments keep watch on aerosols from the ground. NASA's Brent Holben journeys to the Gobabeb Research and Training Centre to check out the sun
"12.09.2016 14:00:02" Timeline Photos Central Madrid
With the most powerful lens available on the International Space Station, an astronaut took this photograph of Madrid, Spain's capital. Home to 6.5 million people, Madrid is the third-largest city in the European Union, after London and
"12.09.2016 12:48:32" Timeline Photos Join us this evening at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT for a Facebook Live Q&A on GLOBE Observer with NASA Langley Research Center education outreach coordinator Sarah McCrea and NASA Langley physical scientist Jessica Taylor. GLOBE Observer is a new
"11.09.2016 19:00:00" climate.nasa.gov Big coastal cities sink faster than seas rise As sea levels rise, an accompanying threat is often overlooked: rapidly sinking coastal cities. While the threat of rising seas is well established, a phenomenon that is, in a sense, its opposite receives far fewer headlines: large coastal cities sinking faster than oceans can rise.
"11.09.2016 17:43:44" NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration On this 15th anniversary of September 11, we remember and will never forget those lost. Here's a look at a rebuilt New York City, seen from the International Space Station. More: http://go.nasa.gov/2cQvcAI
"11.09.2016 15:23:29" earthobservatory.nasa.gov NASA Earth Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve
Centuries ago, a vast tidewater glacier covered all of Glacier Bay. By 1750, that ice began to retreat. Over the past 260 years it has withdrawn nearly 60 miles to the head of the bay.
Thousands of glaciers—more than
"10.09.2016 19:00:43" Timeline Photos NASA's Juno Mission to Jupiter will peer deep into that planet's atmosphere. How do conditions there compare to those on Earth? Check out our full infographic: http://go.nasa.gov/2ce75MH
"10.09.2016 16:16:37" earthobservatory.nasa.gov NASA Earth Flooding of the Ganges
The monsoon rains that typically pour down on India starting in June are generally welcomed by farmers. But for people who live in or near river floodplains, the monsoon can be deadly. Through August 2016, monsoon-fueled floods
"09.09.2016 20:19:48" Into Africa Seeking the Desert Sun
"09.09.2016 18:30:01" Timeline Photos Lava Flow on Volcán de Fuego
On September 7, 2016, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 captured this image of lava spilling down the slopes of Guatemala's Volcán de Fuego, one of Central America's most active volcanoes.
According to reporting
"09.09.2016 16:30:00" earthdata.nasa.gov earthdata.nasa.gov Have you seen NASA Earthdata's WorldView? https://worldview.earthdata.nasa.gov/ You can view the entire Earth every day from NASA's constellation of satellites.
In addition, WorldView now features natural events from the Earth Observatory Natural Event
"09.09.2016 14:42:01" Earth Expeditions: Up in the air with ORACLES Catch up with #EarthExpedition ORACLES (Observations of Clouds above Aerosols and their Interactions) as we fly with the science team over the southeastern Atlantic Ocean in the P-3 Orion.
For more detail on what's going on during a science flight, read
"09.09.2016 14:03:05" Timeline Photos The Evolution of Hurricane Hermine
It is common for Atlantic hurricanes to transition into a completely different class of storm—an extratropical cyclone—as they push north. What is less common is for them to do what Hermine did—linger for several days
"08.09.2016 14:51:51" earthobservatory.nasa.gov NASA Earth Crack Advances Across Antarctic Ice Shelf
In August 2016, the return of sunlight on the Antarctic Peninsula meant that the landscape became visible again in natural-color satellite imagery. That's when scientists saw something interesting: a rift along
"08.09.2016 00:27:31" Earth Expeditions: 360° video inside ORACLES P-3 Orion aircraft Take a 360° tour of the interior of NASA's P-3 Orion aircraft flying off the coast of western Africa as part of the #EarthExpedition ORACLES.
The Observations of Clouds above Aerosols and their Interactions (ORACLES) study is investigating how smoke
"07.09.2016 20:58:41" A Strange Thing Happened in the Stratosphere What would cause a wind pattern that held for at least 60 years to suddenly change?
NASA scientists are working to understand the recent quirky behavior of winds in Earth's
"07.09.2016 15:59:41" On the 'Positively Radiant' Research Flight
"07.09.2016 15:57:56" Massive and Mysterious Ice Fall in Tibet Massive and Mysterious Ice Fall in Tibet
On July 17, 2016, a huge stream of ice and rock tumbled down a narrow valley in the Aru Range of Tibet. When the ice stopped moving, it had spread a 30-meter-thick pile of debris across 10 square kilometers. Nine
"07.09.2016 13:39:13" Timeline Photos It was Student Day at the IUCN World Conservation Congress yesterday in Hawaii. Hundreds of local high schoolers attended and over 200 teachers and students came to our Hyperwall talk with Allison Leidner. Want to learn more about how NASA Earth
"06.09.2016 23:00:00" Timeline Photos Scientist Mike Tosca of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is blogging from #EarthExpedition ORACLES currently in Africa. Read his first post, Studying African Fires from the Skies, on the Notes from the Field blog:
"06.09.2016 22:00:00" Timeline Photos Tropical Storm Newton
At 11:45 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time on September 5, 2016, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra satellite captured this image of Tropical Storm Newton, located about 440 kilometers (235 miles)
"06.09.2016 19:54:14" Timeline Photos With NASA's Juno Mission to Jupiter in orbit around the gas giant, discoveries there could tell us more about our home planet, Earth. For instance, where did all this water come from? Check out our infographic on how Jupiter and Earth compare:
"06.09.2016 15:42:25" earthobservatory.nasa.gov NASA Earth Atlantic Multi-decadal Oscillation and Drought in Africa
Though heavy seasonal rains soak Central Africa each year, the north and south ends of the continent are pretty dry. People living on the edges between—such as the Sahel—never know which way their
"05.09.2016 20:56:55" Earth Expeditions: ORACLES travels to Africa Fires, Clouds and Climate
Southern Africa produces almost a third of the world's vegetative burning, which sends smoke particles up into the atmosphere, where they eventually mix with stratocumulus clouds over the southeastern Atlantic Ocean. The
"05.09.2016 18:30:00" globe.gov GLOBE Observer Home - GLOBE.gov Welcome to GLOBE Observer, an international citizen science initiative to understand our global environment. Your observations help scientists track changes in clouds, water, plants, and other life in support of climate research. Scientists also use your If you have ever looked into the sky and noticed the clouds, we want you! Join a new NASA citizen science project called GLOBE Observer, and make cloud observations that can help scientists verify and validate satellite data. Visit
"05.09.2016 18:00:00" Earth Expeditions: Postcard #4 from ATom The final video postcard from our #EarthExpedition ATom has arrived. ATom scientists have been flying over the world oceans in our airborne science laboratory surveying the atmosphere for the past month.
The ATom scientists are also blogging -- read
"05.09.2016 16:45:12" Timeline Photos Southern Greenland
Looking northeast around local noon, a crew member on the International Space Station (ISS) photographed this panorama of the southern tip of Greenland. It is a challenging place for astronauts to photograph because it lies 920
"04.09.2016 20:00:02" Timeline Photos Chasing the Elusive Surface Salinity Profile
Kyla Drushka from University of Washington Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) received a National Science Foundation grant to participate in the Salinity Processes in the Upper Ocean Regional Study (SPURS-2). It
"04.09.2016 19:00:03" portals.iucn.org portals.iucn.org Today at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hawaii we're teaching this 'conservation campus' class: “From Earth Observation to Earth Action: Satellite Applications for Biodiversity Conservation.” https://portals.iucn.org/congress/session/9634
"04.09.2016 18:00:00" Introducing the GLOBE Observer app Do Science in the Palm of Your Hand
GLOBE Observer invites you to make environmental observations that complement NASA satellite observations to help scientists studying Earth and the global environment. Version 1.1 includes GLOBE Clouds, which allows
"04.09.2016 14:27:26" Timeline Photos Canadian Waters Teem with Phytoplankton
In late August 2016, the waters off British Columbia, Canada, turned green. “Certainly unusual,” was how Jim Gower of Fisheries and Oceans Canada described it. “Unprecedented, in the sense that none of us have seen
"04.09.2016 00:31:31" youtube.com 12331 NASA Remote Sensing Watch conservationist Jane Goodall and NASA Earth scientists talking about how satellite observations of Earth from space are supporting chimpanzee conservation. Yesterday at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hawaii. youtu.be/dGJxa5RPXmU
"03.09.2016 16:33:12" Timeline Photos Bay of the Partly Drowned Hills
Islands spatter Clew Bay like the spots on a cow. These islands in western Ireland date back 20,000 years, to a time when much of Ireland was covered by an ice sheet.
Drumlins are elongated, teardrop-shaped hills of rock,
"02.09.2016 21:07:33" NASA Operation IceBridge Check out this dizzying video from Saturday's flight over a heavily crevassed portion of the Rink Glacier in western Greenland. IceBridge always flies with a high-resolution camera on board, pointing straight down and taking overlapping images during the
"02.09.2016 19:30:01" Timeline Photos NASA is talking with Dr. Jane Goodall (center) today at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hawaii. The #IUCNcongress brings together champions of wildlife from all over the world to discuss and create solutions for challenges with biodiversity and
"02.09.2016 16:57:24" On the Hunt for the Perfect Science Flight
"02.09.2016 16:35:53" NASA GLOBE Observer Join our global community as a #citizenscientist.
Learn more about #NASAGO: http://observer.globe.gov/
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"02.09.2016 15:30:00" earthobservatory.nasa.gov NASA Earth Oil Fires in Iraq
For the past few months, a smoke plume has shifted with the winds over northern Iraq. In recent years, periodic oil fires have cast a dark pall over this arid landscape. They are one consequence of ongoing war in the region.
"02.09.2016 15:10:23" NASA Goddard It's been a busy week for hurricanes. NASA satellites look at these storms like never before. The Global Precipitation Measurement Mission (GPM) viewed #Hermine as it intensified in the Gulf of Mexico midweek.
Learn more: nasa.gov/hurricanes NASA is studying the fundamental forces that cause hurricanes such as Hermine to rapidly intensify.
"02.09.2016 14:51:49" Timeline Photos Go behind the scenes in Namibia as NASA scientists plan flights over the southern Atlantic in pursuit of climate clues hidden in clouds and smoke. http://go.nasa.gov/2cjwzVl
And join us later today on Twitter @NASAEarth for a live chat with these
"02.09.2016 12:52:40" NASA Operation IceBridge Wow, check out these two shots of glaciers sweeping dramatically downhill as they pour into the sea. Both were taken during today's Southwest Coastal A flight. The first is the tidewater terminus of a glacier (name unknown) in the far southwest of Another #EarthExpedition in the field right now.
"01.09.2016 23:00:00" Earth Expeditions: Postcard #3 from ATom The third video postcard has arrived from #EarthExpedition ATom! The team has been analyzing atmospheric chemistry, and in this video, they discuss both the ozone hole near Antarctica and high levels of smoke pollution traveling westward from fires in
"01.09.2016 19:49:07" “One of the Best of My Career”
"01.09.2016 17:00:01" Timeline Photos A Polynya Seldom Seen
In 1974, something strange occurred in the Southern Ocean. A large patch of open water formed amid the sea ice that rings Antarctica. The Weddell polynya, covering an area about the size of Oregon, opened up again each austral
"01.09.2016 15:30:28" Shrinking Aral Sea, 2000-2016 Shrinking Aral Sea, 2000-2016
In the 1960s, the Soviet Union undertook a major water diversion project on the arid plains of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan. The region's two major rivers, fed by snowmelt and precipitation in faraway mountains,
"31.08.2016 21:30:00" Earth Expeditions: Coming in September Learn what's ahead for #EarthExpeditions in September as we continue our world tour of science. Because, your planet is changing, and we're on it, from land, sea and air. Read more about what's coming in our Note:
"31.08.2016 17:07:53" In Namibia: Between Dune and Sky
"31.08.2016 13:04:16" Cloud Challenge Cloud Challenge NASA invites you to participate in gathering observations of clouds as part of a two-week campaign to help all of us better understand our changing home planet. From August 31 to September 14, you can meet this challenge by downloading and using the GLOBE Take the Challenge! Starts today.
"31.08.2016 13:03:13" NASA GLOBE Observer Doing science on the GO with NASA GLOBE Observer.
Go here: http://www.globe.gov/web/globe-observer for the official page.
"30.08.2016 23:38:19" Timeline Photos Hurricanes Madeline and Lester
The island of Hawaii rarely takes a direct hit from a hurricane. This week, two Pacific storms are lining up to change that.
This natural-color image is a composite built from two overpasses by the Visible Infrared Imaging
"30.08.2016 20:55:03" Our Big Finish: Africa, Australia, Greenland
"30.08.2016 18:00:08" Using NASA Data and Technology to Study Wildfire Behavior and ... Join us NOW for a Q&A with scientists Natasha Stavros from NASA and Zach Tane with the U.S. Forest Service. They'll discuss ways NASA data and technology are helping the Forest Service understand wildfire behavior and improve wildfire recovery. Have
"30.08.2016 16:30:00" Timeline Photos Don't forget our Facebook Live TODAY: Scientists from NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the U.S. Forest Service will be taking your questions about using NASA data and technology to understand wildfire behavior and improve wildfire
"30.08.2016 16:11:05" c1.staticflickr.com c1.staticflickr.com https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8024/28717526174_3510f61634_o.gif NASA Launches New Citizen Science Opportunity
Want to be a citizen Earth scientist? All you need to contribute to NASA's studies of our home planet is a smartphone, access to the outdoors, and the new “GLOBE Observer” app.
Now available for Apple and
"30.08.2016 14:27:24" Timeline Photos Tenerife, Canary Islands
Detailed imagery can reveal components of the volcanism that helped shape Tenerife, the largest of Spain's Canary Islands. But the wide view paints a more robust picture. The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 acquired
"29.08.2016 22:30:00" Earth Expeditions: Finding pockets of pollution with ATom Flying into "clean" air during #EarthExpedition ATom mission, Jack Dibbs of the University of New Hampshire explains what he expects to find on his aerosol filters as they travel to the remotest parts of the atmosphere.
The ATom mission aboard NASA's
"29.08.2016 21:23:25" Timeline Photos August Puzzler
Every month we offer up a puzzling image of somewhere on Earth. Your challenge is to use the comments section to tell us what part of the world we are looking at, when the image was acquired, what the image shows, and why the scene is
"29.08.2016 19:00:00" Timeline Photos A Tale of Fire and Water: A NASA Scientist's Quest to Understand the Rain in Africa
Charles Ichoku wants to understand whether fires in sub-Saharan Africa are changing the timing and duration of rains. The viability of Lake Chad may depend on what his
"29.08.2016 16:38:15" Timeline Photos Join us tomorrow for a Q&A with scientists from NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the U.S. Forest Service. They'll discuss ways we're collaborating and how NASA data and technology are helping the Forest Service understand wildfire
"29.08.2016 15:28:46" Timeline Photos Manila, Philippines
While orbiting over the South China Sea, an astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS) took this oblique photograph of the blocky red and gray urban pattern of Manila and surrounding cities. Manila is sandwiched between
"28.08.2016 21:00:00" Earth Expedtions: Bubbling lakes in Alaska Bubbles, bubbles, and more bubbles, in a steady stream. Many lakes in the boreal regions of Alaska are emitting methane, the product of decomposing organic matter left over from the Ice Age. Thawing permafrost has caused areas of land to slump and fill up
"28.08.2016 19:00:00" Arctic Sea Ice from March to August 2016 ICYMI: Every summer the Arctic ice cap melts down to what scientists call its "minimum" before colder weather begins to cause ice cover to increase. The first six months of 2016 have been the warmest first half of any year in our recorded history of
"28.08.2016 14:34:52" Timeline Photos Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
At the northern tip of Wisconsin, where the land reaches into the cold deep of Lake Superior, a light shines in the darkness. Actually, there are a bunch of lights.
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore includes 21
"27.08.2016 23:50:50" Timeline Photos Badlands National Park
Ancient clams, 35-million-year-old rhinoceros-like creatures, and a thick coat of volcanic ash—all of these are baked into the layer cake of stone at Badlands National Park. Over epochs, deposition and erosion have carved sharp
"27.08.2016 21:30:00" Earth Expeditions: ATom measures greenhouse gases Our ATom #EarthExpedition is flying over the world's ocean on the hunt for greenhouse gases. To measure the background atmosphere you need a sensitive instrument. Róisín Commane of Harvard University mission explains how her instrument uses lasers to
"27.08.2016 19:00:00" Meet GOES-R National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s GOES-R satellite arrived at NASA's Kennedy Space Center this week to be prepared for launch later this year.
GOES-R will be the first satellite in a series of next-generation NOAA Geostationary
"27.08.2016 15:47:26" The GLOBE Program "It all started with GLOBE ..." Watch these students from all around the world work together in the Rocky Mountain National Park while speaking "the common language of #science." P.S. Happy 100th Anniversary to the National Park Service! Today's the Wonderful NASA-sponsored global science program for students and citizen scientists of all ages. Learn more at: http://www.globe.gov/
"26.08.2016 21:18:37" Timeline Photos Smoke Over South America
Large numbers of fires were burning in Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil when the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite captured this image on August 25, 2016. This natural-color
"26.08.2016 19:00:00" Earth Expeditions: ATom looks at ozone Our #EarthExpedition ATom is currently flying around the world sampling atmospheric gases. Learn from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) research scientist Tom Ryerson as he explains how levels of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and ozone (O3)
"26.08.2016 17:29:04" U.S. Department of the Interior NASA astronauts Jeff Williams and Kate Rubins are live from the International Space Station talking with Secretary Jewell about all things national parks to celebrate the 100th birthday of the National Park Service. Ever wonder what a national park looks Celebrate the 100th birthday of the National Park Service with NASA astronauts Jeff Williams and Kate Rubins, who are talking live from the International Space Station with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell about all things national parks.
Ever wonder what
"26.08.2016 12:44:24" National Parks Mesa Verde National Park
When Spanish explorers first reached southwestern Colorado and observed a broad sloping mountain with a nearly flat top, they called the feature mesa verde—“green table” in Spanish. The name stuck, though it now creates
"25.08.2016 23:58:15" Timeline Photos NASA's MISR instrument views America's National Parks in 3-D. #NPS100 See more: go.nasa.gov/2bspIcg
"25.08.2016 19:10:25" Earth Expeditions: Snakes on the ATom plane Snakes on a NASA plane! No, not that kind of snake. Donald Blake from the University of California Irvine with the #EarthExpedition ATom mission explains why "snakes" are part of the Whole Air Sampler from behind the scenes on the DC-8 aircraft.
"25.08.2016 14:24:03" August 26, 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the @[59420116388:274:National Park Service]. We are celebrating this milestone with a gallery of images. You can view more stories and other images on the Earth Observatory National Parks August 26, 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. We are celebrating this milestone with a gallery of images. You can view more stories and other images on the Earth Observatory
"25.08.2016 12:47:38" National Parks Cape Hatteras National Seashore
On most summer days, a trip to North Carolina's Outer Banks means a peaceful day at the beach soaking up the sun and playing in the waves. But there is evidence all around that this beach is not always so serene. The very
"24.08.2016 23:10:41" Earth Expeditions: Epidode 5 - ABoVE, ATom & ACT-America NASA's Earth Expeditions is scaling heights and diving deep for new important insights about our planet. From underground in Alaska, to in the air above the eastern United States and we're even circling the remotest parts of the global atmosphere. Episode
"24.08.2016 16:55:24" nasa.gov NASA Flies to Africa to Study Climate Effects of Smoke on Clouds NASA scientists and two research aircraft are on their way to a unique natural laboratory off the Atlantic coast of southwest Africa to study a major unknown in future climate prediction. Our newest #EarthExpedition, Observations of Aerosols Above Clouds and their Interactions (ORACLES), is headed to Africa!
"24.08.2016 12:53:04" Timeline Photos Capulin Volcano National Monument
Capulin Volcano National Monument has watched over the surrounding plains for millennia. It has stood like a sentinel over the West's cattle boom and the trains headed for the Mexican-American war.
Nestled in the
"23.08.2016 21:26:16" Flooding on the Ganges River
In August 2016, heavy monsoon rains pushed the Ganges and other rivers in eastern and central India to the breaking point.
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra satellite captured this
"23.08.2016 18:54:43" Mapping Methane in a Bubbling Arctic Lake
"23.08.2016 14:37:29" Photos from NASA Earth's post Scientists studying the liquid water contained in the Greenland Ice Sheet had a successful 2016 field season! Read about their accomplishments and see some spectacular images from the field. http://go.nasa.gov/2beip6f
"23.08.2016 13:51:17" earthobservatory.nasa.gov NASA Earth Increased Fire Comes with Increased Health Risks
Wildfires pose a direct threat to human life and property in the western United States. According to a new study, they are likely to have a more insidious, indirect effect in the future.
As the world
"22.08.2016 18:38:34" Timeline Photos Living on the Edge of the Taklimakan Desert
Orbiting over the deserts of Asia, a crew member aboard the International Space Station (ISS) used a 400 millimeter lens to capture an unusual mix of desert dunes and dense populations. A major cordon of dunes
"21.08.2016 18:40:24" NASA Measuring Sea Ice at the Peak of Melt The Arctic sea ice pack is nearing its annual minimum extent, which is projected to be one of the lowest since satellite observations began.
Using satellite data and airborne observations, NASA researchers are monitoring the ever-changing ice, and gaining
"19.08.2016 14:30:40" The shrinking polar ice cap has become one of the most visible signs of a changing climate, record-breaking temperatures in the first half of 2016 primed the Arctic for another summer of low sea ice cover. Join NASA Goddard scientist Walt Meier for a
"19.08.2016 13:15:57" Timeline Photos Planning to follow NASA Goddard scientist Walt Meier's Facebook Live Q&A today about rising global temperatures and declining Arctic sea ice?
If so, there is some useful background info about sea ice
"19.08.2016 13:04:48" Timeline Photos A Nearly Ice-Free Northwest Passage
The Northwest Passage is a famed high-latitude sea route in the Arctic. The route meanders through the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, connecting the North Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. For most of the year, its waters are
"19.08.2016 12:23:31" Join a NASA Q&A on Declining Arctic Sea Ice Join NASA Goddard scientist Walt Meier for a Facebook Live Q&A on rising global temperatures and declining Arctic sea ice, today at 10:30 am ET, 7:30 am PT, 2:30 pm UTC.
Add your questions to the comments section now!
"19.08.2016 10:08:52" Timeline Photos Sediment Pours into Lake Pontchartrain
Days of intense rainfall in August 2016 led to widespread flooding in southern Louisiana. Rivers swelled high above their banks, and many crested at record-high levels.
When the Moderate Resolution Imaging
"19.08.2016 09:55:30" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Blue Cut Fire at Night : Image of the Day Landsat 8 captured a view in the dark with its Thermal Infrared Sensor. Blue Cut Fire at Night
California's Blue Cut fire has burned homes, caused power outages, and prompted more than 82,000 evacuations in San Bernardino County. The extent of the damage, however, remains unclear. Firefighters have been focused on
"18.08.2016 20:42:33" Timeline Photos Join us Friday at 10:30am ET/ 7:30am PT for a Facebook Live Q&A with Walt Meier, a sea ice scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center about the continuing decline in Arctic sea ice and the status of this summer's melt season.
The extent of Arctic sea
"18.08.2016 14:55:40" Timeline Photos Fires Char Madeira
NASA satellites began to detect large numbers of fires on the Portuguese island of Madeira on August 8, 2016. In the following days, the fires spread rapidly and the amount of smoke increased dramatically. By August 12, the fires were
"18.08.2016 14:35:36" youtube.com Meteors Encountering Earth's Atmosphere: A View From the International Space Station This video was acquired August 10, 2016, with a high-resolution video camera onboard the International Space Station (ISS). Within the span of about 10 secon... Perseids or Sporadic Meteors? Maybe Both
On August 13, 2016, we published an image and video showing meteors streaking across the night sky. The perspective is a new one. Instead of looking up from the ground, the camera recorded the action from the
"18.08.2016 01:15:26" Timeline Photos The MISR instrument on NASA's Terra satellite captured this image of the Blue Cut Fire in California with its forward-viewing camera, which covers an area about 257 miles wide. The Los Angeles metropolitan area is the large gray area on the coast in the
"17.08.2016 22:05:51" Earth Expeditions: Postcard #2 from ATom Another video postcard has arrived from #EarthExpedition ATom! The team has been analyzing atmospheric chemistry and its journey has taken the DC-8 along the equator, to American Samoa, to Christchurch, New Zealand.
Read more about ATom's journey
"17.08.2016 21:27:35" nasa.gov NASA Sees Sixth Tropical Cyclone Form in Atlantic Tropical Depression 6 developed in the far eastern North Atlantic Ocean and NASA and NOAA satellites provided infrared and visible views at the storm. The Global Precipitation Measurement satellite sees a new cyclone brewing in the Atlantic near South America.
"17.08.2016 19:24:17" earthobservatory.nasa.gov NASA Earth Deluge in Louisiana
Days of intense rainfall in August 2016 led to widespread flooding in southern Louisiana, as rivers swelled high above their banks and many crested at record-high levels. According to news reports, the floods prompted the rescue of at
"17.08.2016 19:19:43" Timeline Photos Bluecut Fire Scorches Southern California
In August 2016, a destructive brush fire burned in Cajon Pass and threatened several communities in San Bernardino, California.
On August 16, 2016, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on
"17.08.2016 09:17:56" Timeline Photos Port of Aden, Yemen
Orbiting almost directly over the port of Aden, an astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS) took this photograph of the rugged, extinct volcano, the flat sand spit next to it, and the big bay that now all form the port
"16.08.2016 20:12:56" NASA Earth July 2016 was the hottest month in 136 years, the era of modern record-keeping.
http://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/news/20160816/ Every month of 2016 has been the hottest January-February-March-April-May-June-July on record. That's not a coincidence.
"16.08.2016 19:53:10" Timeline Photos July 2016 was the hottest month in 136 years, the era of modern record-keeping.
"16.08.2016 16:41:59" earthobservatory.nasa.gov The Ring Around Lago de Cahora Bassa : Image of the Day Low water levels on this Mozambique reservoir betrayed signs of drought stress in August 2016. The Ring Around Lago de Cahora Bassa
Low water levels on Mozambique's Lago de Cahora Bassa betrayed signs of stress in late July 2016.
Southern Africa has been suffering from a prolonged drought, exacerbated by the 2015-2016 El Niño. Roughly 18 million
"16.08.2016 16:14:27" Photos from NASA Earth's post A Watchful Eye on Rio
While gymnasts leap, cyclists pedal, and divers twirl for Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro, sensors on several NASA Earth Observing satellites are catching glimpses of the city and its surroundings from space. The mix of satellites
"15.08.2016 19:50:27" jpl.nasa.gov NASA Study Analyzes Four Corners Methane Sources A NASA-led team has analyzed a "hot spot" of methane emissions in the U.S. Four Corners region, quantifying both its overall magnitude and the magnitudes of its sources. NASA study shows that just 10% of Four Corners' methane sources contribute half of the emissions.
"14.08.2016 19:00:00" Timeline Photos The eight microsatellites that make up NASA's Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) mission are assembled and ready for the next set of environmental tests before being launched into orbit in November. CYGNSS will probe the inner core of
"13.08.2016 19:00:01" Timeline Photos SAGE III will measure Earth's "sunscreen."
An upcoming SpaceX resupply mission to the International Space Station will also deliver NASA's Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment instrument to continue studying ozone.
Once mounted on the space station,
"13.08.2016 16:34:20" Timeline Photos A Space-Based View of Meteor Showers
Night-sky enthusiasts have been stepping outside this week to witness the annual light show from the Perseid meteors. The 2016 shower was predicted to display as many as 200 meteors per hour at its peak on August
"12.08.2016 23:45:00" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Discretion is the Better Part of Valor : Notes from the Field : Blogs climate change, global climate change, global warming, natural hazards, Earth, environment, remote sensing, atmosphere, land processes, oceans, volcanoes, land cover, Earth science data, NASA, environmental processes, Blue Marble, global maps "Above all, this mission is too important to mess up."
A first hand blog post from the field as a seemingly innocuous illness threatens one ATom team member's long-awaited research flight.
"12.08.2016 20:13:44" Timeline Photos Here are 6 ways NASA satellites orbiting Earth can tackle real-world problems -- and this is just the tip of the iceberg! These are the brain children of young researchers who presented their work a few days ago at NASA Headquarters in Washington. Take a
"12.08.2016 18:04:47" Timeline Photos Extratropical Cyclone Over Hudson Bay
An extratropical cyclone over the Hudson Bay created this sprawling, comma-shaped swirl of clouds over the Hudson Bay. The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite acquired the
"12.08.2016 17:56:46" Earth Expeditions: Hunting storms in America's Heartland #EarthExpedition ACT-America is studying the sources and sinks of atmospheric carbon in three regions of the Eastern U.S. with two NASA aircraft. In the Midwest, local sources and sinks, such as summer crops, can make a huge difference in carbon
"12.08.2016 16:30:01" Timeline Photos Fires Rage in Portugal
Satellites began to detect large numbers of fires in western Portugal on August 6, 2016. In the following days, the fires grew more numerous and the amount of smoke increased dramatically.
When the Moderate Resolution Imaging
"12.08.2016 14:38:04" How Farms Affect the Chesapeake Bay's Water
"11.08.2016 21:15:00" earthobservatory.nasa.gov NASA Earth Extreme Heat for an Extreme Year
Warm weather is expected in the summer, but the oppressive heat that affected several parts of the world in 2016 went well beyond warm. In June and July, people living in Siberia, the Middle East, and North America faced
"11.08.2016 20:21:57" Timeline Photos In the weeks leading up to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro there were reports of elevated levels of particulate matter (tiny airborne droplets or pieces of soot and dust that can end up in the lungs).
NASA's Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR)
"11.08.2016 16:51:19" CYGNSS Media Day
The same GPS technology that helps people get where they need to go in a car will soon be used in space to improve hurricane forecasting. NASA's upcoming CYGNSS mission – the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System – is a
"11.08.2016 15:37:04" Timeline Photos We're live at 12:45pm ET today to show you our newest hurricane spacecraft mission from Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas. Hear about the science behind the #CYGNSS mission, the engineering that went into designing these unique
"11.08.2016 13:35:06" Timeline Photos If you missed our Periscope tour yesterday of these projects by young researchers who are turning NASA Earth satellite data into real-world environmental benefits, here's where you can take a deep dive into over 30
"10.08.2016 21:28:05" Timeline Photos Salinity Processes in the Upper-Ocean Regional Study: Part Two!
"I am writing this while on a plane headed toward Honolulu to join the Research Vessel (R/V) Roger Revelle for six weeks at sea in the Pacific Ocean. It feels great to be heading to sea
"10.08.2016 20:30:06" Timeline Photos The same GPS technology that helps people get where they need to go in a car will soon be used in space to improve hurricane forecasting. NASA's upcoming CYGNSS mission – the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System – is a constellation of eight
"10.08.2016 19:19:53" Burrowing into the Arctic's Carbon Past and Future
"10.08.2016 16:38:08" Timeline Photos Meet 6 young professionals using NASA Earth satellite data to tackle air pollution in Phoenix, storm water runoff in Atlanta, drought in Costa Rica, and other local environmental challenges. TODAY live at 2:10pm ET on Periscope.
"10.08.2016 15:59:07" Dying Mangroves on the Australian Coast Dying Mangroves on the Australian Coast
Satellite imagery reveals a severe die-off of mangroves along Australia's northern coast. More than 7,000 hectares (27 square miles) of mangroves have dried up, research indicates. The tree deaths come amid high
"09.08.2016 23:40:00" Earth Expedition: Postcard from ATom's first week A video postcard from #EarthExpedition ATom has arrived! Catch up on where the around-the-world mission has flown so far, and what it is studying, as we hear from two ATom team members.
Learn more about this atmospheric mission:
"09.08.2016 20:19:22" Timeline Photos The information NASA collects from a fleet of science satellites orbiting Earth 24/7 is making a difference in people's lives every day. Thirty students and young professionals are coming to NASA Headquarters in Washington on Wednesday, Aug. 10, to tell
"09.08.2016 16:48:42" Nomadic Scientists: From Desert to Arctic and Beyond
"09.08.2016 15:23:42" Timeline Photos Going High-Tech for Fire Detection
Karyn Tabor wants to change the way people in remote areas manage wildfires. In Madagascar, for example, the current approach involves patrolling protected areas on foot to locate and extinguish fires before they grow
"08.08.2016 16:50:24" Chasing Greenhouse Gases Where Corn Stands Tall
"08.08.2016 15:29:48" Timeline Photos Aurora and Manicouagan Crater
An astronaut aboard the International Space Station adjusted the camera for night imaging and captured the green veils and curtains of an aurora that spanned thousands of kilometers over Quebec, Canada.
Snow and ice in this
"07.08.2016 21:00:00" Timeline Photos Just How Bad was the 2015 Fire Season in Indonesia?
The 2015 fire season was the most severe ever observed by NASA Earth Observing System satellites, a new study shows. As we reported in December, 2015 was an intense fire season in Indonesia because the
"07.08.2016 19:00:00" Timeline Photos What does the “inverted barometer” effect have to do with sea level rise?
High-pressure air systems place greater weight on an ocean surface, while low-pressure systems, a far lighter load, allow the ocean surface to rise. A persistent low-pressure
"07.08.2016 14:47:56" Timeline Photos NASA's Eyes on Nepartak
In July 2016, Super Typhoon Nepartak became first major storm of the season to make landfall in the northeast Pacific. The storm battered Taiwan with sustained winds of 113 knots (210 kilometers per hour), leaving more than
"06.08.2016 22:00:00" Earth Expeditions: Why is aircraft data needed for models? Why is NASA using an aircraft to study greenhouse gases? Learn more about our #EarthExpedition ACT-America with this video featuring scientist Lesley Ott and even more here: http://act-america.larc.nasa.gov/
"06.08.2016 19:00:00" Timeline Photos The seawater around Greenland at 1,312 feet deep is 5 to 8 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than water near the surface. And the shape of the sea floor (bathymetry) influences how much of that warm, subsurface layer can reach far up into the fjords and melt
"06.08.2016 14:53:01" earthobservatory.nasa.gov NASA Earth Lesotho Sees Its Heaviest Snowfall in Two Decades
The heaviest snow in two decades blanketed Lesotho in late July 2016. The storm prompted the airlifts of at least eight tourists, and caused the deaths of several shepherds in the Joe Gqabi District
"05.08.2016 21:00:00" earthobservatory.nasa.gov From the Desert to North Pole : Notes from the Field : Blogs climate change, global climate change, global warming, natural hazards, Earth, environment, remote sensing, atmosphere, land processes, oceans, volcanoes, land cover, Earth science data, NASA, environmental processes, Blue Marble, global maps Earlier this week, #EarthExpedition ATom flew from the hot, high desert in California, to the high Arctic. The DC-8 dipped low over the floating sea ice near the North Pole, before ending in Anchorage, Alaska. Read the Note for the Field from NASA
"05.08.2016 20:30:32" Photos from NASA Earth's post Did you see our Facebook Live stream yesterday about the ACT-America greenhouse-gas chasing science campaign from Lincoln, Nebraska? Here's the full behind-the-scenes story of our first flight -- complete with double rainbow following a torrential
"05.08.2016 14:59:55" Timeline Photos Dampening Dust Storms
The Taklimakan desert is one of the driest, most barren expanses on Earth. Flanked by mountain ranges on three sides and parched by the resulting rain shadow, parts of the desert receive no more than 10 millimeters (0.4 inches) of
"05.08.2016 00:00:15" We're talking about ACT-America with principal investigator Ken Davis -- learn about the mission, see the C130.
"04.08.2016 22:50:40" Timeline Photos Study Maps Hidden Water Pollution in U.S. Coastal Areas
Coastal waters and groundwater supplies along more than a fifth of coastlines in the continental United States are vulnerable to contamination from previously hidden underground transfers of water
"04.08.2016 18:48:08" airbornescience.nasa.gov NASA Airborne Science Program This summer, with sea ice across the Arctic Ocean shrinking to below-average levels, a NASA airborne survey of polar ice just completed its first flig... Our #EarthExpedition ACT-America (Atmospheric Carbon and Transport America) is flying quite the science mission today as the team chases a cold front in Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri. The C-130 initially climbed to 25,000' feet, then spiraled down to just
"04.08.2016 16:31:20" Timeline Photos Set your alarms:! TODAY we're taking you to Lincoln, Nebraska where our #EarthExpedition ACT-America is investigating greenhouse gases in the eastern United States.
8pm EDT / 5pm PDT / 12am UTC
Don't miss it!
We will talk LIVE with principal
"04.08.2016 13:42:16" Timeline Photos There and back again: ATom goes to the equator:
After a quick meeting in the hanger, where we discussed the flight plan and went over science goals and safety procedures, we were good to go. This mission is different from most aircraft-sampling campaigns
"04.08.2016 12:52:23" NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration We helped produce the first map showing what parts of the bottom of the massive Greenland Ice Sheet are thawed – key information in better predicting how the ice sheet will react to a warming climate. More: http://go.nasa.gov/2aNtsXx
"03.08.2016 23:55:04" Timeline Photos Get ready for another Facebook Live event tomorrow right here on NASA Earth! We'll be broadcasting from Lincoln, Nebraska where the C-130 Hercules will have just returned from a science flight studying atmospheric carbon.
"03.08.2016 22:09:56" NASA's GPM Sees Towering Thunderstorms in Intensifying Tropica... Hurricane Earl has been intensifying as it moves through the Caribbean Sea. NASA's Precipitation Measurement Missions spotted hot towers and towering thunderstorms within Earl when it was a tropical storm, indicating that the storm could intensify.
"03.08.2016 22:04:24" Timeline Photos Sea Level Rise Hits Home at NASA: Watching Waters Rise Right Outside the Front Door
Sea level rise is not just an academic concern for NASA satellites and scientists. With two-thirds of our infrastructure and assets situated on the coast, we have
"03.08.2016 17:54:24" From the Cockpit: A Q&A with NASA Science Pilots
"03.08.2016 15:49:17" earthobservatory.nasa.gov NASA Earth Volcanoes National Park
Red-hot streams of molten rock sliced across the hard, black landscape. The lava hissed violently as it dropped into the Pacific near Hawaii's Volcanoes National Park. Nearby passengers aboard a small boat could feel its
"02.08.2016 20:46:45" Flying a Roller Coaster for Science
"02.08.2016 16:30:00" Timeline Photos Wildfire along the California Coast
For nearly 11 days in late July and early August, wildfire has been burning near the California coast between Monterey and Big Sur. The fire started along Soberanes Creek in Garrapata State Park on July 22, 2016, and
"01.08.2016 20:20:57" A Sweet Pause After Chasing Airborne Carbon
"01.08.2016 16:29:32" Earth Expeditions: In the field with ACT-America #EarthExpedition ACT-America just completed its first round of flights over the Eastern U.S. The team flew alternating legs at 1,000 and 10,000 feet as they collected data on atmospheric carbon dioxide and methane.
Learn more about ACT-America:
"01.08.2016 15:28:20" Timeline Photos Band-e-Amir Fan
Taken through a window on the International Space Station by the EarthKAM camera, this photo shows dense clusters of agricultural fields radiating across a large alluvial fan in Afghanistan. Clusters of dark green fields stretch away from
"31.07.2016 21:00:00" Earth Expeditions: ACT-America answers Why is it important to ... This weekend we're learning more about our #EarthExpedition ACT-America, which is flying over the eastern United States. Kevin Bowman of NASA JPL explains why it is important to mitigate carbon dioxide emissions.
You can read more about the Atmospheric
"31.07.2016 19:00:00" Cumulative Sea Level Change Since April 2002 This animation shows “sea level fingerprints,” or patterns of rising and falling sea levels across the globe in response to changes in Earth's gravitational and rotational fields.
Major changes in water mass can cause localized bumps and dips in
"31.07.2016 14:38:07" Timeline Photos Acadia National Park
It has had many different names: Pemetic. Isles des Monts Déserts. Sieur de Monts National Monument. Lafayette National Park.
It has had several superlatives: First national park east of the Mississippi River. Highest mountain along
"30.07.2016 21:00:00" Earth Expedition: ACT-America answers What are Carbon Sources ... This weekend we're learning more about our Earth Expedition ACT-America, which is flying over the eastern United States. Bing Lin, a project scientist with the field campaign, talks about sources & "sinks" -- areas that take in carbon -- in the eastern
"30.07.2016 19:00:00" ScienceCast: Reshuffling Heat on a Warming Planet Earth's oceans could be concealing a mystery about climate change. Researchers have found evidence of hidden heat hundreds of feet below the ocean's surface. Check out NASA's latest ScienceCast, Reshuffling Heat on a Warming Planet.
"30.07.2016 16:01:02" earthobservatory.nasa.gov NASA Earth Flooding in China
In summer 2016, flooding of historic proportions swamped China.
The trouble began in June, when seasonal monsoon rains became torrential and fell day after day after day. Daily rainfall records were broken in several cities, and many
"29.07.2016 20:33:25" Collecting Fingerprints in the Sky
"29.07.2016 16:21:12" NASA's DC-8 taxis out for take off on the first science flight of the Atmospheric Tomography (ATom) mission. Today's flight will take the team from the DC-8's base of operations in Palmdale, California south to the equator and back to Palmdale.
"29.07.2016 16:15:00" earthobservatory.nasa.gov NASA Earth Bloom in Hood Canal, Washington
On July 24, 2016, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite acquired a natural-color image of a phytoplankton bloom in Hood Canal—a fjord in Washington's Puget Sound. The second
"29.07.2016 14:30:00" Earth Expeditions: ATom Teaser ATom begins science flights today. So what questions is the mission trying to answer on its world survey of the Atmosphere?
Learn more: http://www.nasa.gov/content/2016-earth-expeditions-atom
"29.07.2016 00:28:40" Earth Expeditions One Eastern Study Region Down, Two to Go
#EarthExpedition ACT-America is wrapping up the eastern U.S. Mid-Atlantic region science flights to study the transport of carbon and methane in the atmosphere. Here, Ken Davis of Penn State University, principal
"28.07.2016 22:14:26" Earth Expeditions Inside our #EarthExpedition ATom DC-8 Preparing Instruments
Scientist Michelle Kim from the California Institute of Technology adds liquid nitrogen to a chemical ionization mass spectrometer (CIMS) on NASA's DC-8 flying laboratory, stationed at Armstrong
"28.07.2016 15:22:33" Timeline Photos Rome at Night
An astronaut aboard the International Space Station took this photograph of the city of Rome and its surrounding countryside. The radial pattern of major highways leading to the center is one of the main patterns revealed by the lights—a
"27.07.2016 22:03:48" Today we're taking you to Palmdale, California to learn about our #EarthExpedition ATom (Atmospheric Tomography) mission, a world survey of the atmosphere.
"27.07.2016 15:59:00" Timeline Photos Set your alarms: today we're taking you to Palmdale, California to learn about our #EarthExpedition ATom via Facebook Live.
3pm PDT / 6pm EDT / 10pm UTC
Don't miss it!
It's not a strict circumnavigation of the world, but NASA's Atmospheric
"27.07.2016 15:08:51" Shining a G-LiHT on an Alaskan Forest
"27.07.2016 00:39:03" Exploring Barrow with Operation IceBridge
"26.07.2016 22:10:57" Timeline Photos We will be broadcasting live tomorrow from Palmdale, California where NASA's DC-8 aircraft is preparing for the ATom #EarthExpedition.
We'll talk with a team member and learn more about the instruments aboard the aircraft, as well as take your
"26.07.2016 21:23:15" Timeline Photos Exquisite Panoramas from the International Space Station
Recently, NASA astronaut Jeff Williams has been posting short video clips featuring merged panoramas to his social media accounts. The results are stunning. This image below shows a portion of the
"26.07.2016 15:07:37" EPA Uses NASA satellite to Help Show Improved Air Quality in U.S. "Today Americans breathe cleaner air and face lower risks of premature death and other serious health effects." – EPA AirTrends Report, July 2016
Observations by a NASA satellite help show what U.S. Environmental Protection Agency monitors have been
"26.07.2016 15:05:31" Timeline Photos Red Lake Urmia
Like the Aral Sea, Iran's salty Lake Urmia has shrunk rapidly during the past few decades. As it grows smaller, the lake grows saltier. And as it grows saltier, microscopic organisms are periodically turning the water striking shades of
"25.07.2016 22:56:08" Ten Things About ACT-America
"25.07.2016 21:47:39" earthobservatory.nasa.gov NASA Earth Sand Fire Burn Scar
The Sand Fire in Southern California has already left its scorch mark on the landscape. The Operational Land Imager (#OLI) on the #Landsat 8 satellite acquired these images of the burn scar while the fire still raged on July 24,
"25.07.2016 17:53:13" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Instrument Prep and ATom's First Test Flight : Notes from the Field : Blogs climate change, global climate change, global warming, natural hazards, Earth, environment, remote sensing, atmosphere, land processes, oceans, volcanoes, land cover, Earth science data, NASA, environmental processes, Blue Marble, global maps Check out a new Notes From the Field post written by a scientist working on our Earth Expedition ATom mission, which is studying the chemistry of the
"25.07.2016 15:23:41" Timeline Photos Cape Coral, Florida
An astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS) used the highest power lens available to document the complex patterns around Cape Coral, a master-planned city born in 1957. The development is a hub of the Fort Myers
"24.07.2016 21:00:00" Earth Expedition: How do weather systems impact carbon transport? This weekend we're learning more about our Earth Expedition ACT-America, which is flying over the eastern United States. Scott Denning, a scientist with the field campaign, explains how weather systems impact carbon transport.
You can read more about the
"24.07.2016 19:00:01" Timeline Photos The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite captured this image of a massive phytoplankton bloom off the Atlantic coast of Argentina in 2010.
The colorful brew of floating nutrients and microscopic plant life are the
"23.07.2016 21:00:00" Earth Expeditions: Why study the carbon cycle? This weekend we're learning more about our Earth Expedition ACT-America, which is flying over the eastern United States. Today we hear from ACT-America deputy principal investigator Thomas Laveaux about why we are studying the carbon cycle.
You can read
"23.07.2016 19:00:00" NASA Works with U.S. Forest Service to Improve Fire Shelters In 2013, 19 firefighters were trapped in the raging, wind-driven Yarnell Hill fire in Arizona and the emergency shelters they carried were unable to save them.
"When I saw that on the news, it just shook me to the core," said Mary Beth Wusk, now the
"22.07.2016 15:29:02" Following a Raindrop from New York to Newport News
"21.07.2016 22:21:20" Going with the Floe: Measuring Summer Arctic Sea Ice
"21.07.2016 22:06:00" Timeline Photos Fires in Northwestern Siberia
In mid July 2016, satellites observed dense smoke over the boreal forests of north-central Russia. The fires burned as far north as the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District and as far south as Buryatiya. The smoke, which spans
"21.07.2016 20:50:30" Timeline Photos A new NASA-led study finds that almost one-fifth of the global warming that has occurred in the past 150 years has been missed by historical records because of how global temperatures were recorded. The study explains why projections of future climate
"21.07.2016 19:13:37" Timeline Photos Fuller Fire, Arizona
On June 19, 2016, lightning ignited a fire on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Since then, the Fuller fire has charred more than 14,000 acres (56 square kilometers).
On July 16, 2016, the Moderate Resolution Imaging
"21.07.2016 14:58:03" eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov Swirls of Ice in the Labrador Sea
When pilot Jeff Davis saw the cyclone-like formation from 36,000 feet, he thought he had spotted a storm.
“I've never seen anything like this,” he said in an interview with Mashable. “At first sight I thought it was a
"20.07.2016 20:35:45" Taking the Measure of a Remote Slice of Alaskan Forest
"20.07.2016 17:16:19" A Year of Earth From a Million Miles Away One Year on Earth – Seen From 1 Million Miles
On July 20, 2015, NASA released to the world the first image of the sunlit side of Earth captured by the space agency's EPIC camera on NOAA's DSCOVR satellite. The camera has now recorded a full year of life
"20.07.2016 14:55:51" earthobservatory.nasa.gov NASA Earth Quantifying Tree Loss in Sierra National Forest
Mass tree die-offs are sparking worries of fire in California's Sierra Nevada range. An outbreak of bark beetles, along with persistent drought in the state, have caused many evergreen trees to wither and
"19.07.2016 21:48:11" Timeline Photos ACT-America Begins Science Flights
It's day two of the Earth Expedition Atmospheric Carbon and Transport-America (ACT-America) mission. For the next two weeks, two NASA aircraft (B-200 and C-130) will take off from NASA's Langley Research Center and
"19.07.2016 20:00:00" Timeline Photos 2016 Climate Trends Continue to Break Records
Two key climate change indicators -- global surface temperatures and Arctic sea ice extent -- have broken numerous records through the first half of 2016, according to NASA analyses of ground-based
"19.07.2016 17:41:33" Record-Breaking Climate Trends 2016 Record-Breaking Climate Trends 2016 – Rising Temperatures and Shrinking Sea Ice
Two key climate change indicators have broken numerous records through the first half of 2016, according to NASA analyses of ground-based observations and satellite data.
"19.07.2016 15:48:23" Timeline Photos Rocky Mountain National Park
Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park presents a very different landscape in summertime than in wintertime. Snow retreats and gives way to blooms of wildflowers, even at high elevations. Roads and trails become accessible,
"19.07.2016 14:52:51" Timeline Photos Today at 1pm ET/10am PT, NASA scientists will be talking about recent trends in global temperatures and Arctic sea ice, as well as research underway to better understand the affects. You can follow along here: http://www.nasa.gov/nasalive
"18.07.2016 21:00:01" Timeline Photos Cloud Streets Over the Timor Sea
On July 15, 2016, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra satellite acquired this natural-color image of cloud streets—long parallel bands of cumulus clouds—off the northern coast of
"18.07.2016 19:26:49" Earth Surface Temperatures 1880-2015 Climate experts from NASA will discuss recent trends in global temperatures and Arctic sea ice, as well as research now underway to better understand their impacts, during a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT/ 10 a.m. PDT tomorrow.
NASA scientists track
"18.07.2016 18:34:48" Timeline Photos Hurricane Darby and Tropical Storm Estelle in the Eastern Pacific
July 2016 was a busy time for tropical cyclones in the Eastern Pacific.
On July 17, 2016, the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite acquired this
"18.07.2016 16:04:41" Living Off the Land in a Changing Arctic Climate
"18.07.2016 15:23:25" Timeline Photos Baikonur, Kazakhstan
When flying over the semi-desert grasslands of Kazakhstan, crew members aboard the International Space Station (ISS) usually follow the long line of the Syr Darya (river) to find the spaceport from which they launch. Situated along a
"17.07.2016 19:30:00" Earth Expeditions: What Problem Does ACT-America Address? Why are flying airborne campaigns in the eastern U.S.? And what problem are we addressing? Learn more about our Earth Expedition beginning this month, Atmospheric Carbon and Transport – America (ACT-America) from the principal investigator Ken Davis in
"17.07.2016 17:12:41" Timeline Photos A Passage Through Nunavut
Summer usually brings foggy and cloudy conditions to Baffin Island, in the remote reaches of Canada's Nunavut Territory. But on July 5, 2016, nearly-cloud free conditions provided an unusually clear view of the region.
"16.07.2016 21:00:00" Earth Expedition: What is ACT-America? Our Earth Expedition continues in the latter half of July with a new campaign, ACT-America. Find out what we're studying from project manager Mike Obland in this quick video.
"16.07.2016 15:29:18" earthobservatory.nasa.gov NASA Earth Boom-and-Bust Water Supplies in Southeast Australia
Of the six inhabited continents on Earth, Australia is the driest. Its water resources are scarce, and climate change is not helping. The austral summers of 2012–13 and 2013–14 broke heat record after
"16.07.2016 01:41:15" Earth Expeditions: Introduction to ABoVE's Atmospheric Tower Our Earth Expedition in Alaska is measuring atmospheric composition with a tower. ABoVE project scientist Chip Miller tells us all about it.
Climate change in the Arctic and Boreal region is unfolding faster than anywhere else on Earth, resulting in
"15.07.2016 15:55:35" Tower Power: Measuring Carbon in the Last Frontier
"15.07.2016 14:57:51" Timeline Photos Caterpillars Take Bite Out of Rhode Island Forests
A single caterpillar or bug may seem small and inconsequential, but the collective environmental impact of certain insects can be profound. In fact, insects and other diseases damage 45 times more forest
"14.07.2016 15:40:32" Timeline Photos Making Waves in the Sky off of Africa
On June 26, 2016, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra satellite acquired this natural-color image of cloud gravity waves off the coast of Angola and Namibia.
“I [regularly] look
"14.07.2016 02:56:17" Keeping Scientists in the Arctic Safe and Supplied
"13.07.2016 23:00:23" ABoVE Live From the Boreal Forest of Alaska
"13.07.2016 20:35:58" Earth Expeditions: Coral Reefs, Student Research & Polar Ice Earth Expeditions: Coral Reefs, Student Research & Polar Ice
NASA uses the vantage point of space to increase our understanding of our home planet, improve lives and safeguard our future. Our researchers collect and study data from space, land, sea and
"13.07.2016 18:37:23" Timeline Photos Set your alarms for a FACEBOOK LIVE from ALASKA this afternoon!
You'll meet NASA scientist Chip Miller, who is part of our Earth Expedition ABoVE (Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment) looking at the multitude of changes happening in the Arctic:
"12.07.2016 22:00:00" Timeline Photos A NASA-funded study by University of Delaware scientists and colleagues at other institutions projects that approximately 30 percent of current Adélie penguin colonies may be in decline by 2060, and approximately 60 percent of the current population might
"12.07.2016 20:06:57" Photos from NASA Earth's post Research Roundup: The Latest on Methane
Global atmospheric concentrations of methane are rising—along with scientific scrutiny of this potent greenhouse gas. In March 2016, we published a feature story that took a broad look at why methane matters.
"12.07.2016 19:30:42" Counting Sheep, the 'Driving Force' of Denali
"12.07.2016 14:52:11" Timeline Photos Unusual Dust Off Chile
On July 8, 2016, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra satellite acquired this natural-color image of airborne dust off the coast of Chile.
It is unusual to see such large dust events emerge
"11.07.2016 22:41:42" nasa.gov www.nasa.gov That's no moon. (Oh, wait. Yes, it is.)
For only the second time in a year, a NASA camera aboard the DSCOVR satellite captured a view of the moon as it moved in front of the sunlit side of Earth.
"11.07.2016 21:22:14" ABoVE Looks Below the Surface for Carbon Answers
"11.07.2016 15:33:20" Timeline Photos Paris at Night
Around local midnight, astronauts aboard the International Space Station took this photograph of Paris, often referred to as the “City of Light.”
The pattern of the street grid dominates at night, providing a completely different set of
"10.07.2016 21:00:00" c1.staticflickr.com c1.staticflickr.com ISeeChange and NASA Launch Citizen Science App
The new ISeeChange Tracker app, created in collaboration with NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 mission, furthers ISeeChange's mission of empowering people to document weather and climate trends in
"10.07.2016 19:00:00" nasa.gov NASA's Field Campaign Investigates Arctic North American Ecosystems Scientists with a decade-long NASA project are in the field this summer to study the impacts of a rapidly-warming climate. NASA scientists are heading back out into the field sampling charred soils in Saskatchewan, outfitting robins with GPS backpacks in Alberta, and measuring the growth rates of trees in northern Alaska to study the impacts of a rapidly warming
"10.07.2016 16:03:40" Timeline Photos Phytoplankton Bloom off New Jersey
Given adequate sunlight and nutrients, phytoplankton populations can explode into blooms large enough to be visible from space. On July 6, 2016, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua
"09.07.2016 15:53:08" earthobservatory.nasa.gov NASA Earth Fog in the Bitterroot Mountains
There are some common themes that run through the journal entries written by members of the Lewis and Clark expedition in September 1805. Cloudy mornings. Treacherous hills. Hunger.
In September 1805, the 29-person “Corps
"08.07.2016 19:30:00" Timeline Photos An air quality project helped to determine the feasibility of EPA's desire to lower the ozone air quality standard. Satellite observations helped NASA's Air Quality Applied Sciences Team track something called “background ozone”, which showed that
"08.07.2016 14:59:31" Timeline Photos Automating the Detection of Landslides
As farmers in Nepal prepare for the benefits of monsoon season, Dalia Kirschbaum anticipates the dangers of those torrential rains—mainly, the loosening of earth on steep slopes that can lead to landslides. In this
"08.07.2016 03:31:00" Timeline Photos NASA sees a typhoon barrelling ahead, before making landfall in Taiwan. The Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) instrument aboard NASA's Terra satellite captured this view of Typhoon Nepartak on July 7, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. local time (2:30 a.m.
"07.07.2016 19:45:10" Photos from NASA Earth's post Today we hosted a media event to preview the upcoming Earth Expedition, Atmospheric Tomography (ATom), that will survey greenhouse gases around the world.
To learn more about ATom, visit: http://go.usa.gov/xcbSC
"07.07.2016 16:59:42" Photos from NASA Earth's post Each summer, a complex system of steams forms across the surface of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Scientists in the field are collecting measurements to better understand how this meltwater affects the ice sheet and sea level rise. Follow their blog and read
"07.07.2016 15:43:48" Timeline Photos While Earth Expedition #5 ACT-America is checking out greenhouse gases over the United States, we're previewing the ATom Earth Expedition that will survey greenhouse gases over the globe in late July and August.
The ATom mission is the first to survey
"07.07.2016 15:38:09" Timeline Photos The Barents Sea Abloom
On July 6, 2016, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra satellite acquired this image of a phytoplankton bloom in the Barents Sea.
The chlorophyll contained in phytoplankton often shows up in
"06.07.2016 22:27:22" Timeline Photos Typhoon Nepartak
In early July 2016, storm clouds churned above the western Pacific Ocean as a super typhoon swept toward Taiwan. Over the course of 48 hours on July 5 and 6, Nepartak intensified from a tropical storm to a category 5 typhoon, according
"06.07.2016 19:46:00" nasa.gov NASA Flights to Track Greenhouse Gases Across Eastern US This month, NASA begins an airborne experiment to improve scientists' understanding of the sources of two powerful greenhouse gases and how they cycle into and out of the atmosphere. Another Earth Expedition (#5!) begins this month in the Eastern U.S. studying greenhouse gases.
The Atmospheric Carbon and Transport – America (ACT-America) aims to improve scientists' understanding of the sources of two powerful greenhouse gases and how
"06.07.2016 18:25:46" Timeline Photos July Puzzler
Every month on Earth Matters, we offer a puzzling satellite image. The July 2016 puzzler is below. Your challenge is to use the comments section to tell us what part of the world we are looking at, when the image was acquired, what the
"06.07.2016 14:59:48" earthobservatory.nasa.gov NASA Earth Bloom in Lake Okeechobee
In early May 2016, an algae bloom grew to cover 85 square kilometers (33 square miles) of Florida's Lake Okeechobee. The conditions that gave rise to the bloom have persisted into July, and have been blamed for affecting water
"05.07.2016 21:26:50" Timeline Photos Last month, researchers onboard the research vessel Atlantis for NASA's North Atlantic Aerosols and Marine Ecosystems Study (NAAMES) collected this Phronima, which has parasitized a salp and laid eggs inside. It's rumored that this parasite is the
"05.07.2016 15:28:21" Timeline Photos Conditions Are Ripe for an Intense Fire Season in Amazonia
El Niño conditions in 2015 and early 2016 altered rainfall patterns around the world. In the Amazon basin, El Niño reduced rainfall during the wet season, leaving the region drier at the start of
"04.07.2016 19:00:00" Timeline Photos We here at NASA Earth know that no fireworks display could rival the beauty of our home planet (seen here through Landsat8).
"04.07.2016 15:08:22" Timeline Photos Minute Man National Historical Park
The Greater Boston area, encompassing the eastern third of Massachusetts, is a playground for the American history enthusiast. Sites important to the American Revolutionary War are interspersed throughout the
"03.07.2016 19:00:00" Timeline Photos A new map created with measurements from an instrument developed by NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, reveals the devastating effect of California's ongoing drought on Sierra Nevada conifer forests.
The map will be used to help the U.S. Forest Service
"03.07.2016 15:55:48" Timeline Photos Bay of Fundy
After passing over North America, a crew member aboard the International Space Station looked back at the coastline and took this photograph of one of the world's most famous bays. The image shows the upper 54 kilometers (33 miles) of the
"02.07.2016 22:30:00" climate.nasa.gov Why a half-degree temperature rise is a big deal A small difference in global temperature rise can make a big difference to sea level, coral reefs, crops and more. Why half a degree of temperature change makes a big difference.
"02.07.2016 19:00:00" NASA Looks at Earth in Many Ways What do you see in this video? Clouds? Check. Precipitation? Check. Winds? Check. Ocean temperature? Check. What about soil moisture and water vapor? Check, check. Find out more: https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/details.cgi?aid=4439&button=recent
"02.07.2016 15:01:35" Timeline Photos Studying the Sherpa Fire
In June 2016, more than 1,000 firefighters battled a wildfire burning west of Santa Barbara, California. While they managed to contain the fire before it caused damage to homes or infrastructure, the Sherpa fire still charred
"01.07.2016 19:23:29" Student Airborne Science Alumni Fly High
"01.07.2016 17:30:00" Timeline Photos Google Maps has just gotten a makeover thanks to Landsat 8.
Google Earth Engine sorted through a petabyte of Landsat 8 data to create a cloud-free mosaic of our planet for its Google Maps product. Find out more on their blog:
"01.07.2016 15:51:22" Early Melt on the Greenland Ice Sheet Early Melt on the Greenland Ice Sheet
Every spring or early summer, the surface of the Greenland Ice Sheet transforms from a vast white landscape of snow and ice to one bejeweled with blue meltwater streams, rivers, and lakes. In 2016, the transition
"30.06.2016 15:51:49" Timeline Photos Wildfires Rage in Siberia
In late June 2016, satellites observed thick plumes of smoke rising from dozens of large wildfires in north-central Russia. The fires were located several hundred kilometers northeast of Krasnoyarsk.
This natural-color image
"29.06.2016 15:58:10" An Unlikely Eye on Orbiting Objects An Unlikely Eye on Orbiting Objects
The International Space Station (ISS) flies in an orbit that keeps it about 400 kilometers (250 miles) above the surface of the Earth—roughly the distance between New York and Boston. Meanwhile, Landsat 8, an
"28.06.2016 22:13:11" earthobservatory.nasa.gov NASA Earth A successful field campaign starts with a great team. The Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) is wrapping up their 2016 campaign and heading home to Massachusetts, California, Ontario, and Belgium. Their experiences this year have been recorded
"28.06.2016 20:15:00" Timeline Photos An ecological forecasting project used NASA satellite imagery to monitor bird migration along the Pacific Flyway of California. The information gathered is being integrated with citizen scientist data for a “bird model” which forecasts where and when
"28.06.2016 14:39:06" earthobservatory.nasa.gov NASA Earth Erskine Fire, California
A wildfire burning northeast of Bakersfield, California, is the state's largest so far in 2016, according to news reports. It has also been called the season's a most destructive fire. As of June 27, the Erskine fire had scorched
"27.06.2016 22:58:43" nasa.gov Growing Arctic Carbon Emissions Could Go Unobserved Winter changes in Arctic carbon dioxide may accelerate global warming. Scientists could detect these changes by aircraft with ongoing monitoring programs.
"27.06.2016 21:09:31" ScienceCast:Monitoring Air Quality The latest NASA ScienceCast looks at our #EarthExpedition KORUS-AQ. A global effort to monitor air quality is in the works as the US, Korea, and the European Union prepare to launch geostationary satellites capable of monitoring pollutants and other
"27.06.2016 16:49:10" Students Experience Airborne Science over California
"27.06.2016 15:29:52" Timeline Photos A Gap in the Andes
From 700 kilometers (435 miles) over the Pacific Ocean, an astronaut aboard the International Space Station captured this oblique image of a part of the Andes Mountains. The mountain range crosses the entire image and forms the border
"26.06.2016 19:00:00" climate.nasa.gov Bringing back the bayou: NASA helps Louisiana wetlands avoid bleak future A multidisciplinary research program maps the Wax Lake Delta's water flooring to help transform Louisiana's splintered levee system into a dependable barricade. While Louisiana's coastline has lost about 3,045 square miles since the 1930s, the Wax Lake Delta has bucked the trend, growing at a rate of about 3 square miles per year since the early 1970s. Part of the reason for the overall land loss is the lack of a
"26.06.2016 16:12:19" earthobservatory.nasa.gov NASA Earth Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
The Ojibwa tribe has a heart-rending legend that explains how the dunes of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and two nearby islands in Lake Michigan formed.
The legend says that long ago, a mother bear and two
"26.06.2016 02:38:13" Timeline Photos Bloom in the Gulf of Alaska
There's more than one way to feed a phytoplankton bloom in the Gulf of Alaska. Iron, a key nutrient for the growth of these tiny plant-like organisms, can enter the gulf waters from the air—via volcanic eruptions or airborne
"25.06.2016 19:00:00" Timeline Photos April and May 2016 set new global temperature records for those two months, continuing a trend of the previous six months, according to NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS).
Every month since October 2015 has broken the record for that
"24.06.2016 19:00:00" Timeline Photos After a 7.8 earthquake devastated Nepal in 2015, NASA's Disasters program led the agency's response in a global effort to provide satellite data to assess the damage. NASA partners also organized a volunteer network of nine nations that used Earth
"24.06.2016 14:58:32" Timeline Photos Imaging a Methane Leak from Space
For the first time, an instrument onboard an orbiting spacecraft has measured the methane emissions leaking from a single facility on Earth's surface. The observation by the Hyperion spectrometer on NASA's Earth
"23.06.2016 21:23:56" Timeline Photos Sherpa Fire Burn Scar
In June 2016, more than 1,000 firefighters battled a wildfire burning west of Santa Barbara in Los Padres National Forest. While they managed to contain the fire before it caused damage to homes or other infrastructure, the Sherpa
"23.06.2016 20:42:44" Earth Expeditions: In the Forest with ABoVE Researchers with our #EarthExpedition ABoVE (Arctic Boreal and Vulnerability Experiment) are working in field sites across tundra, mountains, permafrost, lakes and forests in Alaska and Northwestern Canada this summer all to study how a warming climate
"23.06.2016 17:07:45" Precipitation Measurement Missions Ever wonder where in the world we get the most extreme rainfall (and how we know)? Or if climate change is going to cause more frequent and intense hurricanes? Join NASA scientists for a live discussion of how we study extreme weather from space and to Tune in NOW!
"23.06.2016 16:40:38" Precipitation Measurement Missions Ever wonder where in the world we get the most extreme rainfall (and how we know)? Or if climate change is going to cause more frequent and intense hurricanes?
This Thursday, join NASA scientists for a live discussion of how we study extreme weather Want to know how NASA studies weather from space? Head to the Precipitation Measurement Missions page for a Facebook Live event at 10am PDT/ 1pm EDT.
"23.06.2016 15:20:10" earthobservatory.nasa.gov NASA Earth Atmosphere Awash with Saharan Dust
In mid-June 2016, winds lofted thick plumes of dust from northern Africa's deserts high into the air. When dust gets caught in upper level winds, it can travel long distances and have far-reaching impacts. For instance,
"22.06.2016 23:46:58" CORAL Completes First Airborne Look at Coral Reefs
"22.06.2016 21:10:34" Earth Expeditions: CORAL's Airborne Heart & Soul CORAL project scientist Michelle Gierach gives an overview of the campaign's research aircraft and the PRISM (Portable Remote Imaging Spectrometer) instrument.
NASA's CORAL field campaign begins its data-gathering phase with an operational readiness test
"22.06.2016 17:58:21" Precipitation Measurement Missions Join us on Facebook tomorrow, Thursday June 23rd at 1:00pm EDT, as NASA scientists answer your questions about extreme weather and explore NASA's role in monitoring rain and snow around the world. We'll go on a live tour of the room that controls NASA's If you have questions about how NASA studies rain (and other weather) from space, head on over to Precipitation Measurement Missions, then tune in tomorrow for this Facebook Live event.
"22.06.2016 15:53:23" Pervasive Ice Retreat in West Antarctica Pervasive Ice Retreat in West Antarctica
Along the Bellingshausen Sea coast of West Antarctica, ice has been retreating inland being lost to the sea. Scientists knew this, but they lacked a full picture of the scale. Now a team of researchers has
"21.06.2016 22:46:53" Timeline Photos As two fires burn in Southern California and evacuations are ordered, NASA's Aqua satellite is watching the plumes from space.
The satellite's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument captured this image on June 20, 2016.
"21.06.2016 18:32:55" Earth Expeditions: Beneath the Waves with CORAL We dive beneath the waves with the Coral Reef Airborne Laboratory team as they take initial measurements of the reef in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, June 2016. This work is part of the in-water validation for CORAL's Operational Readiness Test.
Over the next
"20.06.2016 23:00:00" Timeline Photos A wildland fires project with Idaho State University, as well as local wildfire and land management agencies, developed a database that uses Earth observations to help wildfire recovery teams rehabilitate burned land more quickly. The system called
"20.06.2016 20:14:04" NASA Earth Seeing Equinoxes and Solstices from Space
One of the most frequently misunderstood concepts in science is the reason for Earth's seasons. We thought we'd offer a space-based view of what's going on.
Around 6 a.m. local time each day, the Sun, Earth, and Happy summer solstice (or winter, depending on your hemispherical orientation)! One of the most frequently misunderstood concepts in science is the reason for Earth's seasons. As we experience the June solstice today we thought we'd offer a space-based
"20.06.2016 19:58:13" The Puzzling Case of Kaneohe Bay
"20.06.2016 18:47:17" NASA Oceans New NASA Goddard Space Flight Center satellite mission to study microscopic plant life, airborne particles and clouds. For updates: NASA Oceans, NASA Earth and pace.gsfc.nasa.gov
"20.06.2016 16:09:25" pace.gsfc.nasa.gov pace.gsfc.nasa.gov New NASA Goddard Space Flight Center satellite mission will study microscopic plant life, airborne particles and clouds to learn more about Earth's changing climate. For updates, follow NASA Oceans and visit pace.gsfc.nasa.go.
"20.06.2016 15:41:28" Timeline Photos Bahariya Oasis
Scanning the monotonous, tan-colored surface of the Sahara Desert, an astronaut aboard the International Space Station saw small, dark patches next to a long, ragged cliff in Egypt's Western Desert. The dark patches are date and olive
"19.06.2016 15:00:01" Timeline Photos Zion National Park
If you go up one step from the Grand Canyon on the geological “Grand Staircase” of the western United States, you will reach Zion National Park. Zion is the middle step on this tilted, eroded, staircase-like feature of the Colorado
"18.06.2016 22:00:00" sealevel.nasa.gov 10 things you should know about sea level rise Visit NASA's new portal for an in-depth look at the science behind sea level change. Sea level rise is potentially one of the most damaging results of climate change, but few people understand its risks. Its impacts — financial and otherwise — will spread far from the coasts.
"18.06.2016 19:30:00" Timeline Photos Former President Jimmy Carter wrote Charlie Bolden to ask if NASA satellite data could help The Carter Center with its river blindness elimination efforts in the Americas. In response to his request, a NASA DEVELOP team used satellite data to help find
"18.06.2016 15:00:00" Timeline Photos Dust Over the Red Sea
Dust storms over the Red Sea are not uncommon. This sea, after all, is surrounded by deserts. But sometime atmospheric conditions and topography combine to produce a storm that appears extraordinary in satellite imagery.
"17.06.2016 15:40:11" Reservoirs Down in India Reservoirs Down in India
Monsoon rains began arriving across India in early June 2016. For many Indians, it was not a moment too soon. After three underwhelming monsoon seasons, broad swaths of the country have been gripped by drought. An estimated 330
"17.06.2016 04:27:36" NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Science on Demand: Watch our public talk about El Niño and California water.
#EarthRightNow Scientists at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory study El Niño and California's drought from space and with a variety of airborne instruments. See how they do it.
"16.06.2016 23:00:40" How We Became CORAL Scientists
"16.06.2016 21:07:55" nasa.gov Students to Study Air Quality from NASA Flying Labs How do you create the next generation of Earth scientists? As they say, “Start them young.” Our DC-8 aircraft has returned from the KORUS-AQ Earth Expedition having completed a six-week mission studying air quality over and around the South Korean Peninsula. Later this week it will fly students with NASA's Student Airborne Research Project
"16.06.2016 15:09:32" Timeline Photos Spring Colors in Lake Erie
Seiches and whiting events and algae blooms are regular occurrences on Lake Erie. Each of these events can add swirls of color to the blue-green waters of the Great Lakes, as viewed from satellites.
Seiches are wind-driven
"15.06.2016 19:00:03" Timeline Photos NASA's Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System mission takes another major step as the eight CYGNSS microsatellites complete functional and environmental testing of their systems and software.
The small CYGNSS satellites, on track to launch later
"15.06.2016 16:47:44" earthobservatory.nasa.gov NASA Earth Glacial Change in Montana's Blackfoot-Jackson Basin
Search for information on Montana's Glacier National Park, and you will likely come across the date 2030. That's the year by which this park will purportedly be glacier-free.
Scientists arrived at the
"14.06.2016 21:48:40" Looking for a Few Cloudless Hours
"14.06.2016 20:07:30" Timeline Photos For the first time, an instrument on a satellite has measured the methane emissions from a single, specific leaking facility on Earth's surface.
The Hyperion spectrometer on NASA's Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) measured methane over Aliso Canyon, near Porter
"14.06.2016 17:36:00" Earth Expeditions: Reef Science Meet CORAL principal investigator Eric Hochberg, and learn how he hopes this airborne Earth Expedition will begin to provide the "big picture" and improve reef science.
Interested in coral? More facts about the Coral Reef Airborne Laboratory are here:
"14.06.2016 15:23:56" Canopies of Change
"13.06.2016 15:45:57" Timeline Photos Lake Tengiz, Kazakhstan
In orbit above the semi-desert grasslands in Kazakhstan, an astronaut aboard the International Space Station spotted one of the few features that stand out. Lake Tengiz is the only large lake (1590 square kilometers, 615 square
"11.06.2016 16:27:22" Timeline Photos Lower Canyons of the Rio Grande
The Rio Grande is a major North American river, flowing more than 3,000 kilometers (1,900 miles) from Colorado to the Gulf of Mexico. In 1978, the U.S. Congress designated 315 kilometers (196 miles) of the river along the
"11.06.2016 04:10:56" In an Airborne Campaign, Why Boats?
"10.06.2016 21:57:57" earthobservatory.nasa.gov NASA Earth Notes from the Field: Studying Fires in Recently Logged Forests
Scientists involved in the Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment report back on their latest field work in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. "Our team has moved an hour south to the
"10.06.2016 16:27:29" Timeline Photos Does Dust Affect Water Levels of the Caspian Sea?
New research explores a connection between dust storms, the water cycle, and water levels in the Caspian Sea.
Read more about it here: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=88165
"09.06.2016 19:00:08" LIVE: Coral Reef #EarthExpedition scientists in Hawaii NASA scientist Michelle Gierach is in Hawaii with Eric Hochberg, the principal investigator of our latest Earth Expedition, CORAL, for an operations readiness test. The Coral Reef Airborne Laboratory will collect data on many of the world's coral reefs
"09.06.2016 17:30:31" CORAL Mission Starts Work in Hawaii
"09.06.2016 14:30:00" Timeline Photos Feral Cats Forage at Burn Scars
Feral cats in Australia usually don't range too far for food. Hunts are usually limited to their home territory, just a few kilometers across. But there is at least one exception to the rule: the cats appear to travel
"09.06.2016 13:15:02" Timeline Photos TODAY we'll be speaking live with our CORAL scientists in Hawaii on an #EarthExpedition. Be sure to tune in, and if you have questions, post them below. We'll choose some to ask live.
"08.06.2016 23:00:06" Earth Expeditions: Aloha from CORAL NASA's Coral Reef Airborne Laboratory is in Hawaii undergoing an operational readiness test before deployment to the South Pacific. Principal investigator Eric Hochberg of the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences and project scientist Michelle Gierach of
"08.06.2016 21:21:54" Timeline Photos Wildfire on the Kamchatka Peninsula
On June 7, 2016, the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi-NPP satellite captured this natural-color image of a large wildfire burning in Russia near the west coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula.
"08.06.2016 18:38:07" Timeline Photos Tomorrow we're hosting a Facebook Live event from Hawaii featuring our #EarthExpedition Coral Reel Airborne Laboratory scientists.
If you have questions about coral reefs, their ocean ecosystem, and NASA's mission to study them, please post below.
"08.06.2016 18:28:11" Timeline Photos ABoVE: Burned Boreal Forests – The “Little Moments”
One of the best parts of a field campaign are the 'little moments' that sneak in while you work. They can really make your day. On that front this field campaign has been no slouch. Yesterday for
"08.06.2016 14:00:01" Timeline Photos Flooding in France
In June 2016, a slow-moving weather system unleashed several days of heavy downpours on western Europe, pushing the Seine River to heights not seen in 34 years. With the Seine's water levels 6.1 meters (20 feet) above normal in Paris,
"07.06.2016 20:42:52" nasa.gov NASA Studies Greening Arctic The northern reaches of North America are getting greener. In a changing climate, almost a third of the land cover – much of it Arctic tundra – is looking more like landscapes found in warmer ecosystems. An Unmistakable Greening Trend in the North American Arctic
Using nearly three decades of Landsat satellite data, NASA researchers have found extensive vegetation greening across Alaska and Canada—grassy tundras have changed to scrublands and shrubs are
"07.06.2016 19:15:17" arset.gsfc.nasa.gov Remote Sensing of Forest Cover and Change Assessment for Carbon Monitoring | ARSET Applied Remote SEnsing Training NASA's Applied Remote Sensing Training
ARSET helps professionals build the necessary skills to integrate NASA Earth Science data into their agency's decision-making activities. Two ARSET webinar series start this Thursday, June 9, targeting professionals
"07.06.2016 13:10:20" Timeline Photos Satellite Finds Unreported Sources of Sulfur Dioxide
Using a new satellite-based method, scientists from NASA, Environment and Climate Change Canada, and two universities have located 39 unreported and major manmade sources of sulfur dioxide
"06.06.2016 19:18:13" Timeline Photos How deep do wildfires burn into the soils of boreal forests? There is a lot a variability depending on which forest type is burning and how hot it burns. Scientists in Saskatchewan just excavated this soil "pie" and will send some slices back to the lab
"06.06.2016 16:00:40" youtube.com Earth Expeditions: Sea Hunt for Climate-Ocean Biology Link About half the carbon dioxide emitted into Earth's atmosphere each year ends up in the ocean, and plankton absorb a lot of it. NASA's North Atlantic Aerosols... Come with us into the North Atlantic as we search for the link between microscopic ocean lifeforms and climate change. The full episode of our latest #EarthExpediton is online now: http://youtu.be/5agitRTpjRo
"06.06.2016 15:00:01" Timeline Photos Iguazú Falls
A crew member aboard the International Space Station pushed the camera system to the limit to focus on the famous Iguazú Falls. The falls are the second most popular tourist attraction in South America (after Machu Picchu), drawing more than
"05.06.2016 21:46:22" Josh Willis OMG Mission Update: Check out this cool video! On Friday, we had our first successful test of the system for dropping ocean probes from the Gulfstream-III aircraft into the ocean. We dropped a single probe into the Gulf of Mexico about 100 miles We love this video from NASA scientist Josh Willis and the OMG Mission. Like his scientist page to follow along. #earthexpedition
"05.06.2016 19:00:00" Tracking Volcanic Ash With Satellites Volcano eruptions can wreak havoc on airplanes that fly through the clouds of ash and sulfur dioxide. The ash, in particular, can destroy a jet engine and even cause it to fail mid-flight. However, it can be difficult to detect the ash clouds, because
"05.06.2016 15:00:00" Timeline Photos A Satellite Eye on Mount Ruapehu
On a busy day in winter, you can find thousands of people skiing the slopes of Mount Ruapehu, a 2,797-meter (9,177-foot) peak on New Zealand's North Island. Skiers and snowboarders on Ruapehu have the usual hazards to
"04.06.2016 22:00:01" Timeline Photos Why does NASA have such a large role in climate science? Well, we do have a great vantage point ...
"04.06.2016 19:00:00" Hurricane Forecasts Rely on Modeling the Past Improving hurricane forecasts means testing historical storms with today's sophisticated models and supercomputers. NASA and NOAA work together in gathering ground and satellite observations, as well as experimenting with research forecast models. As a
"04.06.2016 15:00:01" Timeline Photos Clouds Frame Iceberg A-56
Cloudy skies often obscure satellite views of Earth and can hamper scientific research. But sometimes, the sheer beauty of a scene makes up for it. That was the case on June 1, 2016, when a satellite captured an image of low
"03.06.2016 19:30:00" Timeline Photos Staying Alert to Stave off Deforestation
The high demand for agricultural land and wood products has made deforestation an intractable problem. To address this dilemma, the World Resources Institute, a not-for-profit, non-governmental research
"03.06.2016 18:02:57" What's This NASA NAAMES Thing All About? The North Atlantic Aerosols and Marine Ecosystems Study (NAAMES) field experiment took to the sea in May to investigate the world's largest plankton bloom and how it gives rise to small organic particles that leave the ocean and end up in the atmosphere,
"03.06.2016 15:40:41" earthobservatory.nasa.gov NASA Earth Floodwaters Inundate Southeastern Texas
Just six weeks after being drenched by record-setting rainfall, much of Texas has been inundated again by a seemingly endless stream of slow-moving thunderstorm systems. Water levels on the Brazos River, near
"03.06.2016 00:00:03" www.nasa.gov Five Things About Coral and CORAL NASA's CORAL campaign will survey reef ecosystems from Hawaii to Australia. Here are a few fast facts about reefs and the way they're studied. Did you know that corals have outlived dinosaurs, existing on Earth since the mid-Triassic period, 200-250 million years ago? As our CORAL mission prepares to head into the field this month, we have some fast facts.
"02.06.2016 15:20:01" Timeline Photos Arabian Peninsula Primed for Rift Valley Fever
Outbreaks of the mosquito-borne Rift Valley fever most often show up in eastern and southern Africa. But in 2000, an outbreak was confirmed for the first time along the western Arabian Peninsula; it killed
"02.06.2016 14:11:36" NASA Studies Details of a Greening Arctic The Arctic is getting greener, according to a NASA study that provides the most detailed look yet at plant life across the northern reaches of Alaska and Canada. In a changing climate, almost a third of the land cover – much of it Arctic tundra – is
"02.06.2016 11:00:00" Timeline Photos Seven Things You Didn't Know About Water Hyacinth
1) In most of the world, water hyacinth (Eichhonria crassipes) — a fast-growing, aquatic plant — is loathed for its ability to reproduce so quickly that it can blanket large portions of lakes and ponds
"01.06.2016 22:39:20" Porpoises, Bowties and Speed Changers, Oh My!
"01.06.2016 17:14:45" Photos from NASA Earth's post What happens when a satellite scientist visits the ice? NASA's Walt Meier is getting that chance in Barrow, Alaska, where he's taking part in the Summer Sea Ice Camp workshop. The goal of the project isn't specifically to collect data, but rather to
"01.06.2016 16:38:33" Timeline Photos Using a new satellite-based method, scientists at NASA, Environment and Climate Change Canada, and two universities have located 39 unreported and major human-made sources of toxic sulfur dioxide emissions.
Sulfur dioxide is a known health hazard and
"01.06.2016 16:30:26" Timeline Photos Watching Water
Australia's Murray-Darling Basin is one of the world's driest river basins. It is also the country's agricultural heartland and home to hundreds of ecologically important wetlands—16 of which are internationally recognized. Regional water
"01.06.2016 14:54:56" earthobservatory.nasa.gov NASA Earth Rio de Janeiro: A Changing City
In 1960, 5 million people lived in Rio de Janeiro. By 2015, the population had swollen to 12.2 million, making it Brazil's second largest city. During the Olympics in August 2016, the city expects an additional 500,000
"31.05.2016 22:46:32" nasa.gov NASA Earth The new Portable Remote Imaging Spectrometer, created at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in Pasadena, California, will observe entire reef ecosystems in more of the world's reef area – hundreds of times more – than has ever been observed before in our
"31.05.2016 20:49:05" earthobservatory.nasa.gov NASA Earth Memorial Day at Saratoga
The first national Decoration Day in United States history occurred on May 30, 1868. Three years after the end of the Civil War, General John Logan declared that the day should be used to commemorate—and decorate the graves
"30.05.2016 16:00:04" Timeline Photos On this Memorial Day, we're thinking about those who served and sacrificed.
"30.05.2016 15:00:00" Timeline Photos Great Barrier Reef near Whitsunday Islands
An astronaut aboard the International Space Station used a powerful lens to photograph these three reefs in Australia's Great Barrier Reef. The photo area spans about 15 kilometers (10 miles) of the
"29.05.2016 19:00:02" Timeline Photos Our planet is in flux as you can see from these images taken over Bolivia in 2013, left, and this year, right. To see more Images of Change, go here: http://climate.nasa.gov/images-of-change
"29.05.2016 15:00:01" Timeline Photos Niobrara National Scenic River
Visit the Niobrara National Scenic River, and you might not recognize that you are in Nebraska. Disparate forest types—some representative of ecosystems hundreds of miles away—converge in the river valley. For example, the
"28.05.2016 19:00:02" sealevel.nasa.gov Ice-tracking satellite: the next generation Visit NASA's new portal for an in-depth look at the science behind sea level change. Ice sheets and glaciers—Earth's cryosphere—are a major focus for NASA's Sea Level Change Team. With the launch of ICESat-2 next year the team will have a powerful tool in its arsenal. As one of the team's science members said, "The really amazing thing
"28.05.2016 16:00:03" climatekids.nasa.gov NASA's Climate Kids :: Make Stuff Guided Tour of the Big Questions Or, go to menu. Weather & Climate Air Ocean Fresh Water Carbon Travels Energy Plants & Animals Technology Parents, NASA Climate Change has you covered if you're looking for educational activities to do with kids* over the long holiday weekend.
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"28.05.2016 15:00:00" Timeline Photos Texas: An Energy Powerhouse
When it comes to energy production, other states have a tough time competing with Texas. The Lone Star State leads the United States in oil reserves and oil production. It is the number one producer of natural gas and lignite
"27.05.2016 15:10:24" earthobservatory.nasa.gov NASA Earth Visualizing the Highs and Lows of Lake Mead
The last time Lake Mead was this low—in 1937—water managers were still filling the reservoir and putting finishing touches on the Hoover Dam. According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the water
"26.05.2016 15:20:11" Timeline Photos Bad Air Days Avoided
Our respiratory tracts have particular difficulty scrubbing ozone from air we inhale, even in comparison to some other pollutants such as sulfur dioxide. That means ozone infiltrates deep into the lungs, where it reacts with proteins
"25.05.2016 21:02:00" Earth Expeditions: The Science of NAAMES Most people wouldn't expect microscopic life forms in the ocean to have much to do with Earth's atmosphere. It turns out that their influence is profound, which is why an extraordinary team of scientists has taken to the sea and the air for a novel
"25.05.2016 16:57:01" Timeline Photos Another “Things Heard” in the field from the NAAMES team as they work to learn more about the ocean-atmosphere interaction. A radiosonde, one of many instruments aboard the R/V Atlantis, is a small weather station coupled with a radio transmitter. A
"25.05.2016 15:44:14" earthobservatory.nasa.gov NASA Earth Scientists Improve Maps of Subsidence in New Orleans
New Orleans and its surrounding areas continue to sink at highly variable rates due to a combination of natural geologic processes and human activity, according to a new study using NASA airborne
"24.05.2016 20:53:16" Timeline Photos May Puzzler
Curves and lines collide in our latest puzzler image. Can you explain the where and why? Use the comments section of this post to tell us what part of the world we are looking at, when the image was acquired, what the image shows, and why
"24.05.2016 15:39:25" earthobservatory.nasa.gov NASA Earth The Rains of Roanu
Though it never reached hurricane strength, Tropical Storm Roanu made landfall in Bangladesh with deadly consequences. The storm unleashed heavy winds and rain on the country's populous coastal communities, killing at least 24 people
"23.05.2016 17:09:42" Timeline Photos "The ocean is very dynamic, and changes happen on very short time scales – from minutes to hours," said Antonio Mannino of NASA Goddard in Greenbelt, Maryland. He's one of the lead scientists on the Korea-United States Ocean Color (KORUS-OC) expedition,
"23.05.2016 14:47:07" Timeline Photos Cincinnati
An astronaut on the International Space Station caught this glimpse of the Ohio River, with its sweeping bends and brown color. Cincinnati's downtown zone—centered on the river bluffs at the point where the Licking River (Kentucky side) meets
"22.05.2016 16:43:55" Timeline Photos Natural Beauty at Risk
Ecologists know that the trees that add color, beauty, and shade to America's national parks are at risk from climate change. Unlike animals, trees cannot pull up their roots and quickly migrate to another area. But figuring out
"21.05.2016 16:13:31" Timeline Photos House of the Sun
In 1907, writer Jack London scaled a towering mountain in eastern Maui, the second largest of the Hawaiian Islands. When he reached the top and looked east, he was confronted with an otherworldly scene. “Far above us was the
"20.05.2016 23:47:50" Timeline Photos We're sharing some “Things Heard” in the field from the NAAMES #EarthExpedition team as they work to learn more about the ocean-atmosphere interaction. Ewan Crosbie is a NAAMES scientist who developed and built the Cloud Imaging & Probe (CIP). During
"20.05.2016 18:35:00" Photos from NASA Earth's post NASA Operation IceBridge, an airborne survey of polar ice, completed its first Greenland research flight of 2016 in April, kicking off its eighth spring Arctic campaign. This year's science flights over Arctic sea and land ice will continue until May
"20.05.2016 16:47:36" nasa.gov Study Helps Explain Sea Ice Differences at Earth's Poles Why is Antarctic sea ice cover increasing while Arctic sea ice is diminishing rapidly? A NASA-led study finds the geology of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean are responsible. A NASA/NOAA/university team led by Son Nghiem of NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, used satellite radar, sea surface temperature, land form and bathymetry (ocean depth) data to study the physical processes and properties affecting
"20.05.2016 15:50:36" Timeline Photos Early Breakup of the Beaufort Sea Ice
Every spring, the expansive pack of sea ice that coats the Beaufort Sea during the winter starts to thin and break up when the spring sunlight arrives and temperatures rise. Normally, that breakup does not reach full
"19.05.2016 21:31:51" NAAMES Tour of the C-130
"19.05.2016 21:20:15" Timeline Photos Ash From Fuego Volcano
On May 19, 2016, ash drifted above Fuego, one of Central America's most active volcanoes. The volcano is located about 70 kilometers (40 miles) west of Guatemala City, Guatemala. The ash column was some 5,000 meters (18,000 feet)
"19.05.2016 19:21:16" Canadian Fire Plume Detected During NAAMES Transit Flight
"19.05.2016 18:06:27" Timeline Photos Set your alarms for a Facebook Live #EarthExpedition event today!
We're going to tour NASA's C-130 flying science laboratory supporting the NAAMES expedition and talk to scientists live rigth here on NASA Earth at 5:30pm EDT, 2:30pm PDT and 9:30pm
"19.05.2016 15:23:10" Timeline Photos Warm Seas Lead to Extensive Coral Bleaching
For all of the apparent hardness of their skeletons, corals are rather fragile. Corals thrive under very specific conditions; in particular, they grow best within a small window of temperatures. If the water
"18.05.2016 20:48:47" Timeline Photos An Astronaut's View of the Fort McMurray Fire
On May 14, 2016, an Expedition 47 crew member aboard the International Space Station, flying approximately 240 miles (386 kilometers) above Earth, captured this view of smoke billowing from fires burning
"18.05.2016 19:54:17" Earth Expeditions: Mighty Hercules Bears the Marks of Many Cam... A NASA airborne science Earth Expedition is all about what you can learn about our planet from the air — and that requires a durable and versatile airplane and a great crew to fly it. Meet one of NASA's C-130 Hercules aircraft, currently flying above the
"18.05.2016 17:15:00" Timeline Photos We're sharing some “Things Heard” in the field from the Earth Expeditions NAAMES team as they work to learn more about the ocean-atmosphere interaction. Microtops Sunphotometers are hand-held instruments that, when pointed at the sun, allow accurate
"18.05.2016 15:31:54" Timeline Photos Widespread Warmth Envelops Greenland
April in Greenland is typically very cold, though some years buck the trend. In 2012, for example, the surface of the ice sheet started melting early and then experienced the most extensive melting since the start of
"17.05.2016 22:17:58" Sunny with a Chance of Icebergs
"17.05.2016 17:14:02" Timeline Photos We're sharing some “Things Heard” in the field from the NAAMES team during their #EarthExpedition as they work to learn more about the ocean-atmosphere interaction. Each week, the aircraft crew (pilots and maintenance) have one 'hard down day,' but
"17.05.2016 15:43:11" earthobservatory.nasa.gov NASA Earth Wildfires Still Scarring Land Around Fort McMurray
It has been more than two weeks since wildfires first broke out in Fort McMurray in the Canadian province of Alberta. The burned area continues to grow even larger, as fires are still spreading under
"17.05.2016 00:10:46" Flying Scientific Detours Is All Part of the Plan
"16.05.2016 22:00:03" Timeline Photos A quote from Rich Moore as the NASA C-130 circles down over the Sable Island Station to check the accuracy of aerosol instruments on the aircraft during the NAAMES Earth Expedition.
This week, we'll be sharing some “Things Heard” in the field from the
"16.05.2016 18:16:04" nasa.gov New Study Maps Rate of New Orleans Sinking New Orleans and surrounding areas continue to sink due to a combination of natural and human-induced processes, finds a new NASA/university study using NASA airborne radar. Data from NASA's Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar (UAVSAR) were used to create the most spatially-extensive, high-resolution study to date of regional subsidence in and around New Orleans.
"16.05.2016 16:18:12" NASA Goddard This spring, migrating shorebirds came across roughly 7000 acres of temporary wetland habitat to feed on during their stopover in California's Central Valley.
The BirdReturns program, created by The Nature Conservancy of California, is an effort to
"16.05.2016 14:59:34" Atlantis Heads Out to the Bloomin' Ocean
"16.05.2016 14:43:09" Timeline Photos Stargazing from the ISS
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) see the world at night on every orbit —that's 16 times each crew day. An astronaut took this broad, short-lens photograph of Earth's night lights while looking out over the
"15.05.2016 22:08:22" Timeline Photos Our latest #EarthExpedition takes you into the skies and forests of South Korea on the trail of a global killer: air pollution. Come with us inside our flying laboratory and into a forest research site as scientists chase clues to this complex health
"15.05.2016 14:46:16" earthobservatory.nasa.gov NASA Earth Bridging the Pearl River Delta
If you want to get from Macau or Zhuhai to Hong Kong, you either have to take a boat or drive at least four hours (200 kilometers) across southeastern China. An ambitious engineering project intends to shorten that drive
"14.05.2016 19:00:00" Earth Expeditions: Air Quality In case you missed it, here's our latest #EarthExpedition featuring the KORUS-AQ mission studying air quality over Korea.
"14.05.2016 15:08:34" earthobservatory.nasa.gov NASA Earth Katmai National Park, Alaska
In 1912, magma flowed beneath Mount Katmai and exploded through the Novarupta volcano. Erupting at a rate of 520 million tons per hour, the material ejected from this Alaskan volcano was 30 times that spewed in the 1980
"13.05.2016 19:00:01" Earth Expeditions: Why Does NASA Study Air Pollution? Why is NASA studying air quality over South Korea? Pollution is a global problem.
"13.05.2016 14:51:23" Timeline Photos Bloom in the Black Sea
Uncertainty swirls around how the Black Sea got its name. Some speculate that it stemmed from black sludge that covered objects in the sea's depths. Others say it was coined by sailors who observed that the water appeared black
"12.05.2016 22:01:09" On Deck and Ready to Go, Until ...
"12.05.2016 19:06:49" NASA Earth How is air quality like your breath? Well.... Check out the latest episode of our #EarthExpedition featuring the KORUS-AQ mission studying air quality over Korea.
"12.05.2016 18:01:41" Earth Expeditions: Air Quality How is air quality like your breath? Well.... Check out the latest episode of our #EarthExpedition featuring the KORUS-AQ mission studying air quality over Korea.
"12.05.2016 17:54:47" NASA Earth Inside NASA's DC-8, the flight crew prepares for a low approach at Seoul, South Korea, on the first day of KORUS-AQ science flights earlier this week. The U.S.-Korea joint air quality field study KORUS-AQ aims to advance the ability to monitor air Tune in to NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration TV today at 2pm ET / 11am PT for our latest #EarthExpedition episode! This episode highlights the Korean U.S. Air Quality (KORUS-AQ) study and previews the North Atlantic Aerosols and Marine
"12.05.2016 15:10:49" Timeline Photos Mount Paektu: North Korea's Slumbering Giant
Circa 946 A.D., a mountain exploded violently along what is now the border of North Korea and China. The eruption—among the most intense in recorded history—flung ash as far away as Japan and left a large,
"12.05.2016 02:01:00" Earth Expeditions: NAAMES Social Go behind the scenes of NAAMES and get a taste of what the NASA Social participants saw yesterday during our #EarthExpedition. To learn more about NASA Socials, and how you can become involved, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/connect/social/index.html
"11.05.2016 22:45:00" Photos from NASA Earth's post Yesterday, our #NASASocial participants toured the research vessel Atlantis, operated by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). Take a look at the instruments onboard with which the NAAMES study will collect data to provide detailed ship-based
"11.05.2016 18:11:54" Getting Social on Deck with NAAMES
"11.05.2016 15:15:05" Timeline Photos Studying Smoke Above the Clouds
Researchers at NASA are constantly browsing new satellite data and imagery delivered by the agency's fleet of Earth-observing satellites for new data that may help answer questions about topics that are poorly understood
"10.05.2016 19:00:00" Earth Expeditions: Why Study Phytoplankton? A quick intro video to phytoplankton and why NASA is studying this microscopic ocean life on our latest #EarthExpedition into the North Atlantic. Learn more about the NAAMES mission: http://naames.larc.nasa.gov/