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Striking records of typhoon Atsani

Records of the typhoon's eye and its structure on August 19 (Image: NASA)

Stunning images of the Atsani typhoon have been captured by CloudSat and Aqua satellites on August 19. The first space artifact passed near its eye and collected information about the inside of the typhoon through its cloud-penetrating radar. For its part, the MODIS web on the Aqua satellite passed above Atsani capturing an image of the storm's eyewall where the the red line is the north-to-south track that CloudSat took.

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Fri, 21/08/2015 - 10:49

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. It will comprise eight Earth observation (EO) microsatellites which will be able to measure ocean surface winds associated with tropical cyclones, typhoons and hurricanes throughout their life cycle. Their launch is expected in late 2016 from Cape Canaveral in Florida.

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Thu, 20/08/2015 - 11:11

Stronger El Niño conditions according to NASA

Comparison between sea level increase in 1997 and 2015 at the Eastern Pacific (Source: NASA)

Scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory have found that the ocean levels in Central and Eastern Pacific have increased between March and July 2015, which bears a resemblance to the conditions of the potent El Niño event of 1997-98. The research was carried out through altimetry measurements captured by the OSTM/Jason-2 satellite.

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Thu, 06/08/2015 - 10:43

NASA funds new satellite-based tool to detect wildfires

Wildfires can be easier detected thanks to the new satellite-based tool (Image: NASA)

NASA has funded a new satellite-based fire detection tool in operation now at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service (USFS).

The new tool uses high-resolution data from the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) satellite with a cutting-edge computer model to predict how a fire will change direction based on weather and land conditions. It will allow detecting smaller fires with precise detail and will help firefighters developing their tasks.

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Mon, 20/07/2015 - 11:57

NASA’s RapidScat to measure Tropical Storm Claudette

Tropical Storm Claudette measured by RapidScat (Image: NASA)

The third Atlantic Tropical Storm of the season, Claudette, has been monitored by the RapidScat instrument that flies aboard the International Space Station.

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Wed, 15/07/2015 - 15:45

Ball and NASA to build a new environmental satellite

Suomi NPP, Ball and NASA's first environmental satellite (Image: NASA)

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. is teaming up with NASA in the development of the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1), USA’s next environmental spacecraft, which will presumably be launched in 2017.

This polar-orbiting artifact’s mission will consist of collecting science-quality atmospheric, oceanographic, and land surface measurements that are crucial for the country's weather mission. It will work in conjunction with the Suomi National Polar-Orbiting Partnership Satellite (Suomi-NPP), another environmental spacecraft launched in 2011 and also built by Ball.

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Fri, 03/07/2015 - 16:09

CONAE and NASA Aquarius mission stops operating

The Aquarius instrument aboard the Aquarius/SAC-D spacecraft was measuring global sea surface salinity (Image: NASA)

The Aquarius/Satélite de Aplicaciones Científicas (SAC)-D satellite observatory, a joint project between NASA and Argentina’s Space Agency (CONAE), with participation from Brazil, Canada, France and Italy, has ended its activity after nearly four years.

The international Earth-observing mission, launched in 2011 to study the salinity of the ocean surface, has been brought to an end due to the shut down of an essential part of the power and attitude control system for the SAC-D spacecraft.

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Wed, 24/06/2015 - 08:38

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Detailed global climate change estimates released by NASA

Temperature forecasts under different greenhouse emission scenarios.(Image: Wikipedia)

NASA has released a dataset displaying how temperatures and precipitations might change by the year 2100 taking into account various greenhouse gas emission scenarios. This 25-km high resolution data is of free access to the public and shows estimated maximum and minimum temperatures as well as precipitations on a daily basis and at a local and global scale from 1950 to 2100 under two different greenhouse gas emission scenarios: a “business as usual” scenario based on current trends and an “extreme case” with huge carbon dioxide increases.

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Thu, 11/06/2015 - 09:51

RCMRD: Stakeholder Workshop on the Use of MODIS Data for Early Warning

Group photo of the workshop's participants (Image: RCMRD)

On Thursday June 4th a one-day workshop on the “Use of Modis Data for Early Warning, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Environmental Monitoring” was held in Kasarani (Nairobi) by the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD), UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Office in Kenya.

The stakeholders workshop’s aims were the following ones:

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Wed, 10/06/2015 - 11:34

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India and USA: Cooperation to monitor earth changes in high detail

NISAR: the NASA-ISRO SAR Mission (Image: NASA)

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) are working together on a project to monitor earth changes in high detail.

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Wed, 03/06/2015 - 11:20

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