NASA Soil Moisture Mission to predict natural hazards

High-resolution global soil moisture map from SMAP (Image: NASA)

NASA's new Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission has begun science operations. SMAP investigates global soil moisture and detect whether soils are frozen or thawed. This information help scientist understand links among Earth’s water, energy and carbon cycles. In addition, map global soil moisture can help to monitor and predict natural hazards like floods and droughts.


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Wed, 20/05/2015 - 14:09

NASA satellites show: Earth is a cloudy place

Decades of satellite images show: Earth is a cloudy place (Image: NASA)

Satellite-based Earth observation as well as images taken by astronauts show that Earth views from space are dominated by clouds. A recent study by NASA has looked at a decade of imagery and estimates that about 67 percent of Earth’s surface is typically covered by clouds.


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Fri, 15/05/2015 - 16:04

International team to prevent hazards after Nepal earthquake

Landslides identified by the NASA-USGS-Interagency Volunteer Earthquake Response Team appearing in yellow and by the British Geological Survey-Durham University-Earthquakes Without Frontiers team in pink (Image: Google/ICIMOD)

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), the National Aerospace and Space Administration (NASA), the University of Arizona, and collaborators have coordinated an international volunteer team to map and assess natural hazards in order to prevent future disasters after the magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal on 25 April 2015 and caused large loss of life and property.


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Tue, 12/05/2015 - 15:38

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Sharing data to improve soil research in Canada

Spaced based data about the consistency of soil can help farmers make better decisions (Image: USDA-NRCS)

NASA is working together with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and its real-time In-situ Soil Monitoring for Agriculture network (RISMA) to improve and prepare information about the consistency of soil.


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Wed, 06/05/2015 - 09:58

NASA and NSF celebrate 20th Anniversary of the GLOBE Programme

The GLOBE Programme helps pupils and students make connections between their local environment and the entire Earth system (Imagine: NASA)

Tomorrow, on Earth Day, April 22, NASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF) celebrate 20 years of the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) programme. This science and education programme make it possible that students, teachers and scientist work together and participate in science data collection through hands-on science in their local communities.

Since its inception on Earth Day 1995, 114 countries, 28,000 schools and over 10 million students have participated in the GLOBE Programme.


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Tue, 21/04/2015 - 14:17

55 years of satellite navigation

Launch of satellite Transit 1B, April 13 1960 (Image: US Navy)

13 April 2015 was the 55th anniversary of the first navigation system reaching the orbit. The Transit 1B satellite was launched by NASA on 13 April 1960.

This satellite was designed to provide positioning for the US Navy’s fleet of Polaris ballistic missile submarines, a task it performed for over 30 years, as Money Week informs.


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Tue, 14/04/2015 - 14:46

Satellite to track algal threat to U.S. freshwater

Toxic algal bloom in lake Erie (Imagine: NASA)

NASA has joined forces with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to use ocean color satellite data to develop an early warning indicator for toxic and nuisance algal blooms in freshwater systems and an information distribution system to aid expedient public health advisories.


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Thu, 09/04/2015 - 12:21

Satellites show earlier snowmelt in Wyoming, USA

Change in snow cover in analysed decades (Image: NASA)

A new NASA study about snowmelt in Wyoming shows, that the snow in a basin in northwest Wyoming now disappears about 16 days earlier than it did in the period from the 1970s through the 1990s. Snowmelt, as a water source, has a significant impact on agriculture and ecosystems in Wyoming.

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Tue, 31/03/2015 - 12:49

New study suggests large organised storms cause rainfall increase

Large thunderstorms cause rainfall increase (Image: Flickr/ Barto)

A new study, partly based on satellite data, finds the cause of increasing rainfall in the wettest regions of the tropics: more frequent large and well-organised thunderstorms.

The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science (ARCCSS) and NASA have developed a joint research project whose results are published online in "Nature". It reveals that rainfall increases seen in places such as the western Pacific in recent decades are due to large storms happening more frequently.

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Thu, 26/03/2015 - 15:53

PACE: New NASA mission to monitor oceans, particles and clouds

Global ocean color observations with satellite (Image: NASA)

NASA has scheduled to launch in 2022 a new satellite mission that will extend critical climate measurements of Earth’s oceans and atmosphere and advance studies of the impact of environmental changes on ocean health, fisheries and the carbon cycle.

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Thu, 19/03/2015 - 08:30


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