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NASA Hurricane Resources Available for the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season

Inundations caused by Hurricane Alex in 2010 in Mexico. Image courtesy of Flickr website

The Atlantic hurricane season takes place every year from the 1st of June to the 30th of November . This year, activity in the Atlantic basin began unusually early with the development of Hurricane Alex in the eastern Atlantic in January. The National Hurricane Center said it was the earliest hurricane to form in the Atlantic since 1938.

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New agreement on Copernicus Earth Observation Data between EU and USA

Earth observation agreement articulates space agencies from EU and USA to use earth observation technology to mitigate the impact of natural disasters. (Source: NASA / Goddard Space Flight Center)

The European Commission and the United States confirmed a new agreement to facilitate data sharing from the Copernicus constellation of Sentinel

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UAE Space Agency strengthens the use of space assets at the Eye on Earth Summit 2015

At the Eye on Earth Summit 2015 the UAE highlights the use of space assets (Image: NASA).

Dr. Mohammed Al Ahbabi, Director General of the United Arab Emirates Space Agency (UAE) reinforced the agency’s commitment to strengthen international collaboration through space agency cooperation for the use of space assets in environmental research. 

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Data Application of the Month: Forest Fires

Around 330-431M ha around the world is affected by forest fire every year (cf. Giglio et al. 2010).  Forest fire is a natural

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FAO to develop a database to support water-scarce countries

Satellite image of the water-scarce Sahara desert in Algeria (Image: ESA)

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will develop an open-access database using satellite information to support water-scarce countries in the Near East and North Africa, where droughts and food security are major issues. The portal’s objective is to gather and assess satellite data in order to enhance land and water productivity, and to foster the sustainability of agricultural systems.

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NASA to build an enhanced hurricane-observing satellite mission

Hurricanes hitting the U.S. will be easier to predict with the new satellite mission (Image: NASA)

NASA has began to build its new satellite mission focused on predicting hurricanes, called Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS), with the collaboration of the University of Michigan.

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Satellite observations used to measure how much fires pollute the atmosphere

Difference from average emissions for 2014 in grams of carbon per square meter per year (Image: NASA)

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has published a report in which the quantity of carbon dioxide and other pollutants produced by fires that remains in the atmosphere has been determined.

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WorldView-3 satellite sensor completes its first operating year

WorldView-3 getting ready for its launch one year ago (Image: DigitalGlobe)

The WorldView-3 satellite sensor has completed a successful year in orbit after its launch on August 13, 2014.

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Climate change increases risk of floods in delta cities

Parts of land lost to the sea along the last four decades (Image: Zachary Tessler/USGS and NASA)

Sea-level rise is increasing the risk of flooding in coastal deltas, a recent study has shown. Global datasets help estimating how and where delta flood risk will be higher.

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Need for variables to monitor biodiversity from space

Image captured by Sentinel-2A satellite on the vegetation of Northwest Sardinia, Italy (Source: ESA)

There is a need for wider coordination between conservation organizations and space agencies to decide which variables tracked from space can be useful in order to monitor changes in biodiversity on a global scale. It is crucial to identify these changes as they may very well have impacts on the occurrence of natural disasters, such as droughts, landslides, floods and wildfires. 

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