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First images of NASA's soil moisture mapper SMAP

First image from SMAP on Feb. 27/28, 2015 (Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech; NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

NASA's soil moisture mapper (SMAP) was launched on 31 January to map and detect global soil moisture. These maps will support the understanding of the interlinkages of Earth's water, energy and carbon cycles. The monitoring of SMAP will also promote weather and climate prediction as well as the monitoring of natural hazards.

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Bangladesh: Expanding the satellite-based flood warning system

The Ganges Brahmaputra Meghna (GBM) river basins and the Ganges-Brahmaputra (GB) delta as well as other river deltas

Bangladesh has announced that it will expand its satellite-based flood forecasting and warning system, developed by SERVIR and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development ICIMOD. SERVIR is a mechanism established by NASA and regional institutions.

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Second Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite Instrument will support Joint Polar Satellite System Mission

2012 Blue Marble (Image: NASA)

Raytheon Company delivered the second Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) to support the Joint Polar Satellite System mission providing critical weather information.

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NASA releases first global rainfall and snowfall map

Global precipitation map (Image: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center)

NASA’s Global

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NASA: Measuring atmospheric rivers from air and Space

NASA's ER-2 research aircraft. (Image: NASA AFRC)

NASA's ER-2 instrumented research aircraft is supporting CalWater 2015, a multiagency, interdisciplinary field campaign, designed to improve the understanding of when and how California ends up on the receiving end of atmospheric rivers. Atmospheric rivers are short-lived weather events that carry a flood of moisture from the tropics to the U.S. West Coast. The instrument also measures how much rain these events can bring, which is a crucial concern in the state’s ongoing historic drought.

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US might face super-droughts in the future

The south-west of the United States could face severe droughts in the future, scientists found

Scientists of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, have found that the south-west and the central plains of the United States of America could face super-droughts in the future. 

The study published in the journal Science Advances compares earlier droughts with climate simulations for the coming decades. The team reconstructed past climate conditions and compared these with 17 climate models and soil moisture assessments.

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NASA launches Soil Moisture Mapping Satellite

Launch of NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory, on a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket, on Saturday 31 January 2015 at 6:22 a.m. PST, from Space Launch Complex 2, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, USA (Image: NASA/Bill Ingalls)

On Saturday 31 January 2015 at 6:22 a.m. PST, NASA successfully launched its new Earth observation

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New Satellite Search and Rescue systems to be developed

The project will benefit Search and Rescue centres.

NASA and the governments of Cyprus, Brunei and Argentina have recently invested in the development of new Search and Rescue (SAR) network infrastructure solutions and next-generation Medium Earth Orbit Search and Rescue (MEOSAR) systems.

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Surface Water and Ocean Topography satellite to be launched in 2020

NASA/Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales TOPEX/Poseidon oceanography satellite

The French Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) is developing the oceanography satellite SWOT (Surface Water and Ocean Topography), that will incorporate unprecedented technological innovations to observe the ocean surface and underlying physical processes.

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NASA: New instrument to better understand climate change

NASA's Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS) instrument

On Saturday 10 January 2015, NASA's Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS) instrument was launched to help researchers model and predict climate changes on Earth.

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