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Scientists Map Beirut Blast Damage
Hunting for Ice on Hudson Bay
Xiamen and Quanzhou
All Clear on the Western Front
Image of the Day Aug 11, 2020

Scientists Map Beirut Blast Damage

Radar imagery of ground surface changes could help with efforts at disaster relief and recovery after the explosion.

Scientists Map Beirut Blast Damage
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Scientists Map Beirut Blast Damage

Radar imagery of ground surface changes could help with efforts at disaster relief and recovery after the explosion.

Published Aug 10, 2020

Image of the Day Land Human Presence Remote Sensing

All Clear on the Western Front
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All Clear on the Western Front

The Suomi NPP satellite got a clear view of Western Europe, its nighttime lights, and its moonlit landscape.

Published Aug 7, 2020

Image of the Day Atmosphere Human Presence Remote Sensing

Xiamen and Quanzhou
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Xiamen and Quanzhou

Bright lights of these coastal cities of China are sandwiched between mountains and the sea.

Published Aug 7, 2020

Image of the Day Land Water Human Presence

Hunting for Ice on Hudson Bay
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Hunting for Ice on Hudson Bay

Polar bears rely on sea ice to hunt seals, their preferred prey.

Published Aug 7, 2020

Image of the Day Heat Life Water Snow and Ice

Shifting Shapes of Sandy Scapes
EO Kids

Shifting Shapes of Sandy Scapes

Building sand castles is a summer pastime, whether in a sandbox or at the beach. Nature builds with sand, too, using wind to create different shapes.

Published Aug 6, 2020 in EO Kids

Another Intense Summer of Fires in Siberia
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Another Intense Summer of Fires in Siberia

Following an active 2019 season, fires in 2020 have again been abundant, widespread, and have produced abnormally large carbon emissions.

Published Aug 6, 2020

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Arctic Lows
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Arctic Lows

Record-low sea ice in July 2020 could be further depleted by a low-pressure system that developed over the Arctic Ocean.

Published Aug 5, 2020

Image of the Day Atmosphere Heat Water Snow and Ice Remote Sensing

Could COVID-19 Have Seasons?
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Could COVID-19 Have Seasons?

Scientists are probing environmental data from reanalysis models in the hopes of finding answers.

Published Aug 4, 2020

Image of the Day Atmosphere Heat Land Life Human Presence Remote Sensing

Smoke from Apple Fire Spreads
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Smoke from Apple Fire Spreads

Wildfire smoke from California traveled hundreds to miles and obscured skies in central Arizona.

Published Aug 3, 2020

Atmosphere Heat Land Fires Human Presence Remote Sensing

Intense Flooding in Bangladesh
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Intense Flooding in Bangladesh

Monsoon-related flooding, which has been ongoing since June 2020, has inundated a quarter of the country.

Published Jul 31, 2020

Image of the Day Land Water Human Presence

Hurricane Isaias Moves Over the Caribbean
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Hurricane Isaias Moves Over the Caribbean

The category 1 hurricane is headed for a brush with Florida’s Atlantic Coast.

Published Jul 31, 2020

Atmosphere Water Severe Storms Human Presence Remote Sensing

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

Cultivating Ideas for Mars
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Cultivating Ideas for Mars

Plants that can survive in harsh environments like Canada’s Devon Island may be good candidates for eventually terraforming the Red Planet.

Published Jul 31, 2020

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Phytoplankton Surge in Arctic Waters
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Phytoplankton Surge in Arctic Waters

The floating plant-like organisms are showing up in higher concentrations across the Arctic Ocean.

Published Jul 30, 2020

Image of the Day Heat Water Snow and Ice Remote Sensing Water Color

Cooper Creek, Australia
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Cooper Creek, Australia

The combination of stable, ancient dunes and water channels displaying both braided and cross-connecting patterns make this region a planetary analogue for Mars.

Published Jul 29, 2020

Image of the Day Land

Jez like Mars
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Jez like Mars

Though located a world away, Lake Salda, Turkey, shares similar mineralogy as Jezero Crater on Mars.

Published Jul 29, 2020

Image of the Day Land Life Remote Sensing

Early Detection of Algae Yields Savings
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Early Detection of Algae Yields Savings

Satellites can spot some blooms earlier, resulting in significant savings on health care, lost work hours, and other economic costs.

Published Jul 29, 2020

Image of the Day Water Remote Sensing

Winter Light for Antarctica
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Winter Light for Antarctica

A satellite caught a glimpse of the aurora australis over the Southern Ocean in July 2020.

Published Jul 29, 2020

Atmosphere Unique Imagery Remote Sensing

July Puzzler
Earth Matters

July 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 Jul 28, 2020 in Earth Matters

The Parched Paraná River
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The Parched Paraná River

A drought around South America’s second longest river has grounded ships and contributed to a rash of fire in the delta and floodplain.

Published Jul 28, 2020

Image of the Day Heat Land Remote Sensing

Checking on Chikungunya
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Checking on Chikungunya

Researchers can predict potential outbreaks of the mosquito-borne virus months in advance by using satellite data.

Published Jul 27, 2020

Image of the Day 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

Net Radiation
Global Maps Jul 2006 — Jun 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

Mission: Biomes
Article

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 Oct 5, 2000

Land Life

Hurricane Hanna Makes Landfall
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Hurricane Hanna Makes Landfall

The category 1 hurricane caused flooding in southern parts of Texas.

Published Jul 27, 2020

Land Water Severe Storms

Death Valley Landscapes
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Death Valley Landscapes

The area is known for its extreme dryness and dangerous heat records. However, traces on the land indicate that water sometimes flows here.

Published Jul 24, 2020

Image of the Day Land

Hurricane Douglas Heads Toward Hawaii
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Hurricane Douglas Heads Toward Hawaii

Heavy rains and winds may result in flash flooding, landslides, and life-threatening surf conditions.

Published Jul 24, 2020

Image of the Day Atmosphere Land Water Human Presence Remote Sensing

Alaska’s Vegetation is Changing Dramatically
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Alaska’s Vegetation is Changing Dramatically

Tree and plant cover has deteriorated considerably in some areas, while advancing in other areas that previously burned or used to be frozen.

Published Jul 24, 2020

Image of the Day Remote Sensing

Sea Surface Temperature
Global Maps Jul 2002 — Feb 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

Yangtze Dams Spill Water
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Yangtze Dams Spill Water

As water levels rise from excessive monsoon rainfall, dam operators discharge water through spillway gates.

Published Jul 23, 2020

Image of the Day Land Water Human Presence

The Chesapeake Bay Watershed: Still Cloudy, With a Chance of Clearing
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The Chesapeake Bay Watershed: Still Cloudy, With a Chance of Clearing

It is the largest estuary in the United States and third largest in the world. Once sculpted and changed by ice, water, and powerful geologic forces over tens of millions of years, today's Bay is shaped by human forces as well.

Published Dec 1, 2016

Land Water Human Presence Remote Sensing

Excessive Monsoon Rains Flood Asia
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Excessive Monsoon Rains Flood Asia

By mid-July 2020, rainfall had triggered flooding and landslides that affected millions of people across South and East Asia.

Published Jul 22, 2020

Image of the Day Atmosphere Land Water Floods Severe Storms Human Presence Remote Sensing

Dust Streams from the Namibian Coast
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Dust Streams from the Namibian Coast

On July 17, 2020, strong winds blew dust out of the Namib Desert.

Published Jul 22, 2020

Land Dust and Haze

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 21, 2020

Life Human Presence 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

Mineral Fire
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Mineral Fire

A wildfire in Fresno County, California has burned more than 28,000 acres.

Published Jul 20, 2020

Land Fires

Gearing Up for an Active 2020 Hurricane Season
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Gearing Up for an Active 2020 Hurricane Season

Abnormally warm ocean temperatures and a potential La Niña set the stage for an above-average Atlantic hurricane season.

Published Jul 17, 2020

Image of the Day Heat Water Remote Sensing

Comet NEOWISE Brightens the Night
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Comet NEOWISE Brightens the Night

In July 2020, sky gazers on Earth and on the International Space Station had a front row seat to one of the brightest comets in decades.

Published Jul 17, 2020

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Meandering Mississippi River
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Meandering Mississippi River

The wandering river is a boon to farming, but it has no interest in state borders.

Published Jul 17, 2020

Image of the Day Land Human Presence

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

Net Primary Productivity
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Nov 2016

Net Primary Productivity

These maps show the ‘metabolism” of Earth’s plants and trees. Net primary productivity is the difference between the amount of carbon dioxide absorbed during photosynthesis minus the amount released by respiration.

Land Life

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

Land Surface Temperature Anomaly
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Jun 2020

Land Surface Temperature Anomaly

These maps depict anomalies in land surface temperatures (LSTs); that is, how much hotter or cooler a region was compared to the long-term average. LST anomalies can indicate heat waves or cold spells.

Heat Land

Tournament Earth - Best of EO
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Tournament Earth - Best of EO

After five rounds and 56,000 votes, the readers have chosen their favorite. We have a Tournament Earth 2020 champion.

Published Apr 28, 2020

Human Presence Remote Sensing

Choose Your Champion: Tournament Earth 2020
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Choose Your Champion: Tournament Earth 2020

Vote for your favorite all-time Earth Observatory image. Help narrow the field from 32 nominees down to one champion in a five-round tournament.

Published Mar 26, 2020

Atmosphere Land Life Water Snow and Ice Remote Sensing Videos

Retreat at Pine Island Glacier
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Retreat at Pine Island Glacier

Pine Island Glacier is one of the fastest-retreating glaciers in Antarctica. Watch the glacier’s ice front as it retreats and sheds some notable icebergs over the past two decades.

Published Feb 13, 2020

Snow and Ice Remote Sensing Videos