Potent Atmospheric Rivers Douse the Pacific Northwest
Image of the Day Jan 22, 2021

Potent Atmospheric Rivers Douse the Pacific Northwest

In mid-January 2021, the Pacific Northwest of North America was soaked by several episodes of heavy rainfall, leading to widespread flooding and landslides.
Another Dusty Day in Chad
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Another Dusty Day in Chad

Winds frequently whip up the dust from Chad’s lowest point, but those particles may not fertilize the Amazon as much as scientists once thought.

Published Jan 21, 2021

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A Closer View of 2020 Hurricane Damage
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A Closer View of 2020 Hurricane Damage

Drone images show mangrove damage on the Yucatan Peninsula.

Published Jan 19, 2021 in Earth Matters

Atmosphere

Curious Clouds in the Transantarctic Mountains
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Curious Clouds in the Transantarctic Mountains

Smooth, soft-edged clouds hovered over the Eisenhower Range in Victoria Land, Antarctica.

Published Jan 19, 2021

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Changing Atlanta
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Changing Atlanta

Martin Luther King Jr. came of age in one of the fastest growing cities in the United States.

Published Jan 18, 2021

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From Automobiles to Armstrong
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From Automobiles to Armstrong

Cleveland’s urban layout has evolved as time and technology have advanced.

Published Jan 17, 2021

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Turkey Experiences Intense Drought
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Turkey Experiences Intense Drought

Multiple seasons of below-average rainfall have affected the country’s drinking water supplies and groundwater reservoirs.

Published Jan 16, 2021

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Brunt Breaking Up with Antarctica this Year?
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Brunt Breaking Up with Antarctica this Year?

A crack on the Antarctic ice shelf grew dramatically in late 2020 into 2021.

Published Jan 15, 2021

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2020 Tied for Warmest Year on Record
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2020 Tied for Warmest Year on Record

Earth’s average temperature has risen more than 1.2°C (2°F) since the late 19th century.

Published Jan 14, 2021

Image of the Day Atmosphere Heat Remote Sensing World of Change Temperature Extremes

January Puzzler
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January 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 Jan 13, 2021 in Earth Matters

Water Vapor
Global Maps Jul 2002 — Dec 2020

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

2020 Hurricanes Damage Vulnerable Mangroves
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2020 Hurricanes Damage Vulnerable Mangroves

Central America experienced one of its most intense hurricane seasons in years, leading to widespread degradation to coastal environments.

Published Jan 13, 2021

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Sea Surface Temperature
Global Maps Jul 2002 — Aug 2020

Sea Surface Temperature

Ocean temperatures can influence weather, such as hurricane formation, and climate patterns, such as El Niño. These maps show the temperature at the surface of the world’s seas and oceans.

Heat Water

Mount Fuji’s Missing Snow
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Mount Fuji’s Missing Snow

The lack of snow cover in December left Japan’s iconic mountain looking a little different than usual.

Published Jan 12, 2021

Image of the Day Heat Land Severe Storms Snow and Ice Remote Sensing

Heavy Snowfall Blankets Spain
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Heavy Snowfall Blankets Spain

Meteorologists declared it the largest snowfall in the region since 1971.

Published Jan 11, 2021

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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

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

Rising Seas in Charleston
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Rising Seas in Charleston

Sea level rise and new development are on a collision course in South Carolina lowcountry.

Published Jan 11, 2021

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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

Cloud Fraction
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Dec 2020

Cloud Fraction

In addition to making rain and snow, clouds can have a warming or cooling influence depending on their altitude, type, and when they form. These maps show what fraction of an area was cloudy each month.

Atmosphere

Socked in Stratovolcano
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Socked in Stratovolcano

Uninhabited Atlasov Island rises above the clouds and the Sea of Okhotsk.

Published Jan 10, 2021

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December Puzzler
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December 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 Dec 30, 2020 in Earth Matters

Aerosol Optical Depth
Global Maps Mar 2000 — Dec 2020

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

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

Net Radiation
Global Maps Jul 2006 — Jul 2020

Net Radiation

Net radiation is the balance between incoming and outgoing energy at the top of the atmosphere. It is the total energy available to influence climate after light and heat are reflected, absorbed, or emitted by clouds and land.

Heat

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

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

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 Oct 20, 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

Of Mosquitoes and Models: Tracking Disease by Satellite
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Of Mosquitoes and Models: Tracking Disease by Satellite

A few decades ago, the idea of predicting a disease outbreak via satellite was science fiction. But today, researchers can use environmental data to predict when and where some diseases are likely to spread.

Published Jul 9, 2020

Life Human Presence Remote Sensing

Applied Sciences Collection
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Applied Sciences Collection

NASA satellites and sensors constantly take the pulse of our planet. Researchers apply those observations on local and regional scales to better manage things like food and water supplies, health, safety, land use, and ecosystems.

Published May 1, 2020

Human Presence Remote Sensing