Cyclone Tauktae Strikes India
Image of the Day May 18, 2021

Cyclone Tauktae Strikes India

Tropical cyclones are scarce in the Arabian Sea, but unusually warm ocean temperatures helped fuel this storm.
Data in Harmony
Earth Matters

Data in Harmony

The Harmonized Landsat Sentinel-2 dataset combines Landsat and Sentinel-2 imagery into a seamless product.

Published May 17, 2021 in Earth Matters

Water Land

Arabian Night Lights
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Arabian Night Lights

Researchers have found another use for night lights imagery: tracking unregulated and under-reported fishing.

Published May 17, 2021

Image of the Day Water Remote Sensing

The Bridges of Tampa Bay
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The Bridges of Tampa Bay

Bridges, piers, and developed keys add a distinct human geometry to this vast bay on Florida’s west coast.

Published May 16, 2021

Image of the Day Water Human Presence

Bird’s-Eye View of Breckenridge
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Bird’s-Eye View of Breckenridge

More than 100 trails sweep down the side of Tenmile Range, a portion of the Southern Rocky Mountains located west-southwest from Denver.

Published May 15, 2021

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Soil Data Aids Prediction of Locust Swarms
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Soil Data Aids Prediction of Locust Swarms

Researchers can predict locust breeding locations up to nine weeks in advance.

Published May 14, 2021

Image of the Day Land Life Remote Sensing

As Jakarta Grows, So Do the Water Issues
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As Jakarta Grows, So Do the Water Issues

Sinking land, rising seas, and rainfall-driven floods pose big problems for Indonesia’s largest city.

Published May 12, 2021

Image of the Day Land Human Presence

May Puzzler
Earth Matters

May Puzzler

Your challenge is to use the comments section to tell us what we are looking at, where it is, and why it is interesting.

Published May 11, 2021 in Earth Matters

Early Storm in the Eastern Pacific
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Early Storm in the Eastern Pacific

Tropical Storm Andres became the earliest named storm on record for the basin.

Published May 10, 2021

Image of the Day Atmosphere Water Severe Storms Remote Sensing

Sea Surface Temperature Anomaly
Global Maps Jun 2002 — Sep 2011

Sea Surface Temperature Anomaly

These maps depict how much hotter or cooler an ocean basin was compared to the long-term average. Temperature anomalies can indicate changes in ocean circulation or the arrival of patterns like El Niño and La Niña.

Heat Water

Earth at Night
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Earth at Night

Satellite images of Earth at night have been a curiosity for the public and a tool of fundamental research for at least 25 years. They have provided a broad, beautiful picture, showing how humans have shaped the planet and lit up the darkness.

Published Apr 12, 2017

Atmosphere Land Human Presence Remote Sensing

Blue Marble Next Generation
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Blue Marble Next Generation

12 months of high-resolution global true color satellite imagery.

Published Oct 13, 2005

Atmosphere Land Water Snow and Ice

Aerosol Size
Global Maps Jan 2005 — Sep 2016

Aerosol Size

Sea salt, volcanic ash, dust, wildfire smoke, and industrial pollution are types of airborne aerosols. Natural aerosols tend to be larger than human-made aerosols. These maps show when and where aerosols come from nature, humans, or both.

Atmosphere

Saint Petersburg Keeps the Sea at Bay
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Saint Petersburg Keeps the Sea at Bay

A city full of cultural, historical, and architectural riches has gone to great lengths to protect itself from floods.

Published May 10, 2021

Image of the Day Land Water Human Presence

South Island Alps
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South Island Alps

Plate tectonics and glaciers dramatically shaped the landscape of the New Zealand island.

Published May 9, 2021

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Aerosol Optical Depth
Global Maps Mar 2000 — Mar 2021

Aerosol Optical Depth

Airborne aerosols can cause or prevent cloud formation and harm human health. These maps depict aerosol concentrations in the air based on how the tiny particles reflect or absorb visible and infrared light.

Atmosphere

Kutch’s Coral Reefs
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Kutch’s Coral Reefs

The Gulf of Kutch is home to India’s first national marine reserve.

Published May 8, 2021

Image of the Day Water

Total Rainfall
Global Maps Jan 1998 — Aug 2016

Total Rainfall

These maps depict monthly total rainfall around the world. Rainfall is the primary source of fresh water for humans, plants, and animals. Rain also moves heat between the atmosphere, oceans, and land.

Atmosphere

A Curious Case of Clouds in Iceland
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A Curious Case of Clouds in Iceland

Waves in the atmosphere can form for a variety of reasons, from rugged topography to the collision of air masses.

Published May 6, 2021

Image of the Day Atmosphere Heat Land Volcanoes Remote Sensing

Smoke in the Stratosphere
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Smoke in the Stratosphere

Astronaut photos of sunrises and sunsets occasionally include stunning views of high-flying aerosol plumes.

Published May 6, 2021

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Widespread Drought in Mexico
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Widespread Drought in Mexico

Nearly 85 percent of Mexico is experiencing drought, and water sources are dwindling.

Published May 4, 2021

Image of the Day Land Water Drought Human Presence Remote Sensing Temperature Extremes

Smoky Skies and Satellites
EO Kids

Smoky Skies and Satellites

Explore how wildfire smoke travels in our sky and find out how NASA satellites track it in "Smoky Skies and Satellites." Plus, create your own data visualization.

Published Apr 29, 2021 in EO Kids

Atmosphere Human Presence

From Space to Farm
Notes from the Field

From Space to Farm

Earth observation technologies are revolutionizing global agri-food systems.

Published Apr 26, 2021 in Notes From the Field

Land

Water Vapor
Global Maps Jul 2002 — Mar 2021

Water Vapor

These maps show the average amount of water vapor in a column of atmosphere by month. Water vapor is the key precursor for rain and snow and one of the most important greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

Atmosphere

Chlorophyll
Global Maps Jul 2002 — Mar 2021

Chlorophyll

Chlorophyll is used by algae and other phytoplankton--the grass of the sea--to convert sunlight and carbon dioxide into sugars. These maps show chlorophyll concentrations in the ocean, revealing where phytoplankton are thriving.

Life Water

You Better Beleaf it: NASA GLOBE Program to Host 2021 Trees Community Challenge
Earth Matters

You Better Beleaf it: NASA GLOBE Program to Host 2021 Trees Community Challenge

Take a tree height observation on a smartphone, write a tree poem, and share stories about trees that are special to you on social media as part of the challenge.

Published Apr 21, 2021 in Earth Matters

Tournament Earth: Astronaut Photography
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Tournament Earth: Astronaut Photography

Click to see the 2021 champion.

Published Mar 8, 2021

Atmosphere Land Life Water Human Presence Remote Sensing

Mission: Biomes
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Mission: Biomes

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in a different part of the world? What would the weather be like? What kinds of animals would you see? Which plants live there? By investigating these questions, you are learning about biomes.

Published Aug 28, 2020

Land Life

How to Interpret a Satellite Image: Five Tips and Strategies
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How to Interpret a Satellite Image: Five Tips and Strategies

What do you do when presented with a new satellite image? Here's what the Earth Observatory team does to understand the view.

Published Nov 18, 2013

Remote Sensing

Picturing Earth: Astronaut Photography In Focus
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Picturing Earth: Astronaut Photography In Focus

For 20 years, astronauts have been shooting photos of Earth from the space station. Like everything the astronauts do, they are trained for this job. And like everything they do, there is purpose and intention behind it.

Published Feb 8, 2021

Human Presence Remote Sensing Videos

Picturing Earth: Behind the Scenes
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Picturing Earth: Behind the Scenes

From their perch on the space station, astronauts have spent 20 years sharing a story about Earth as they see it from above. Like the directors of a film, those astronaut storytellers have a crew working behind the scenes to help them tell the story. Meet the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit.

Published Dec 1, 2020

Human Presence Remote Sensing Videos

Picturing Earth: Window On The World
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Picturing Earth: Window On The World

From their home on the International Space Station, astronauts have a view unlike anything most of us will ever see. Over 20 years, they have shot millions of photographs of Earth, and it is not just a hobby. It is an important scientific job, and one they need to be trained to do. Learn more about the challenges of watching Earth from above.

Published Nov 2, 2020

Human Presence Remote Sensing Videos

Could COVID-19 Have Seasons? Searching for Signals in Earth Data
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Could COVID-19 Have Seasons? Searching for Signals in Earth Data

A race is on to figure out whether COVID-19 will wax and wane with the seasons. Atmospheric and hydrologic models produced by NASA and other institutions may be key to that research.

Published Jul 14, 2020

Atmosphere Life Human Presence Remote Sensing