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Recovering from Hurricane Maria
Remotely Sensing Crop Prices
Florence Inundates the Carolinas
Green River Meanders
Image of the Day Sep 21, 2018

Recovering from Hurricane Maria

Forests are on the path to recovery even as many roof repairs remain undone.

Air Pollution: Seeing Small Specks from Space
Earth Observatory Blogs

Air Pollution: Seeing Small Specks from Space

EO Kids is searching for small specks of air pollutants from Space. How clean is our air?

Published Sep 19, 2018 in EO Kids

Mangkhut Swamps Luzon
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Mangkhut Swamps Luzon

Northern Luzon took a direct hit from the super typhoon, bringing disastrous winds and rainfall.

Published Sep 18, 2018

Atmosphere Floods Severe Storms

Mission to Track Earth's Changing Ice Launches
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Mission to Track Earth's Changing Ice Launches

NASA’s ICESat-2 successfully lifted off from Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Published Sep 17, 2018

Image of the Day Snow and Ice Remote Sensing

Typhoon Mangkhut Reaches Luzon
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Typhoon Mangkhut Reaches Luzon

The super typhoon made landfall on the northernmost island in the Philippine archipelago.

Published Sep 16, 2018

Image of the Day Atmosphere Severe Storms

The Complex Evolution of Florence’s Winds
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The Complex Evolution of Florence’s Winds

The hurricane is among the longest-lived cyclones of 2018, and the storm’s winds had plenty of time to rage and ease as they ran into different environmental conditions.

Published Sep 15, 2018

Image of the Day Atmosphere Water Severe Storms Remote Sensing

A View Inside Hurricane Florence
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A View Inside Hurricane Florence

Though flying in a lowered orbit, twelve-year-old CloudSat continues to deliver impressive science data that reveals the vertical structure of clouds.

Published Sep 14, 2018

Image of the Day Atmosphere Water Severe Storms Remote Sensing

Mangkhut Bearing Down on The Philippines
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Mangkhut Bearing Down on The Philippines

Officials are planning for significant storm surges and rainfall when the storm reaches Luzon on September 15.

Published Sep 13, 2018

Atmosphere Water Severe Storms

Help Make a Better World Land Map with NASA App
Earth Observatory Blogs

Help Make a Better World Land Map with NASA App

Starting this month, you can be part of a project to create more detailed satellite-based global maps of land cover by sharing photos of the world around you in a new NASA citizen science project.

Published Sep 13, 2018 in Earth Matters

Florence Crossing Warm Waters on the Way to the Carolinas
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Florence Crossing Warm Waters on the Way to the Carolinas

Forecasters expect the major hurricane to get a boost of energy from the Gulf Stream.

Published Sep 13, 2018

Image of the Day Atmosphere Water Severe Storms Remote Sensing

Aerosol Size
Global Maps Dec 2004 — Aug 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

Awesome, Frightening Views of Hurricane Florence
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Awesome, Frightening Views of Hurricane Florence

The potent category 3 storm is headed for landfall in the southeastern coast of the United States.

Published Sep 12, 2018

Atmosphere Water Severe Storms

Typhoon Mangkhut
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Typhoon Mangkhut

The severe storm is predicted to graze the northern Philippines before taking aim at Hong Kong and southeastern China.

Published Sep 12, 2018

Atmosphere Water Severe Storms

Watery Heatwave Cooks the Gulf of Maine
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Watery Heatwave Cooks the Gulf of Maine

Extreme water temperatures in 2018 fit with a much longer trend in the region, which is among the fastest-warming parts of the global ocean.

Published Sep 12, 2018

Image of the Day Heat Life Water Severe Storms

Circuit Paul Ricard
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Circuit Paul Ricard

The famous track in southeastern France has hosted the Grand Prix fifteen times.

Published Sep 11, 2018

Image of the Day Human Presence

Trouble Brewing in the Atlantic
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Trouble Brewing in the Atlantic

As three hurricanes churn, Florence has forecasters on edge.

Published Sep 10, 2018

Atmosphere Severe Storms

Beached Bergs in Alaska
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Beached Bergs in Alaska

Glaciers shed icebergs throughout summer, and the icy bodies collect at the beach.

Published Sep 10, 2018

Image of the Day Snow and Ice

Converting Savannahs into Soybeans
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Converting Savannahs into Soybeans

In Brazil, vast wild areas have been converted into farms, producing a major protein-packed cash crop but also endangering wildlife.

Published Sep 9, 2018

Image of the Day Land Human Presence

Yet Another Fire in Northern California
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Yet Another Fire in Northern California

The fast-moving Delta Fire is one of several that have cast a pall of smoke over the region this summer.

Published Sep 8, 2018

Image of the Day Land Fires Remote Sensing

Demise of a Quake Lake
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Demise of a Quake Lake

Erosion is causing the slow disappearance of a lake that formed after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.

Published Sep 7, 2018

Image of the Day Water

“Snow Swamp” on Lowell Glacier
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“Snow Swamp” on Lowell Glacier

A large expanse of snow on the Canadian glacier melted in just four days due to warm temperatures.

Published Sep 6, 2018

Image of the Day Heat Land Snow and Ice Remote Sensing

Fire
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Jul 2018

Fire

Whether started by humans (farming, logging, or accidents) or by nature (lightning), fires are always burning somewhere on Earth. These maps show the locations of fires burning around the world each month.

Land

Net Radiation
Global Maps Jun 2006 — Jul 2018

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

Japan’s Waters Run Brown after Typhoon Jebi
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Japan’s Waters Run Brown after Typhoon Jebi

Rivers and bays were loaded with sediment and mud following the damaging storm.

Published Sep 5, 2018

Water Severe Storms Human Presence

Vegetation
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Jun 2018

Vegetation

Greenness is an important indicator of health for forests, grasslands, and farms. The greenness of a landscape, or vegetation index, depends on the number and type of plants, how leafy they are, and how healthy they are.

Land Life

Snow Cover
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Jul 2018

Snow Cover

Snow and ice influences climate by reflecting sunlight back into space. When it melts, snow is a source of water for drinking and vegetation; too much snowmelt can lead to floods. These maps show average snow cover by month.

Snow and Ice

Decades of Growth at Port of Busan
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Decades of Growth at Port of Busan

The South Korean port is among the busiest in the world.

Published Sep 5, 2018

Image of the Day Land Water Human Presence

Between the Ripples of the Namib Sand Sea
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Between the Ripples of the Namib Sand Sea

Scattered in a sea of sand, inselbergs in Namibia host ecology uniquely influenced by fog.

Published Sep 4, 2018

Image of the Day Land Water

Summer Ship Tracks in the Pacific
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Summer Ship Tracks in the Pacific

Summer is the time for ship tracks—especially off the west coast of North America.

Published Sep 3, 2018

Image of the Day Atmosphere

River of the Strait
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River of the Strait

Cars, commerce, and countries connect along the Detroit River.

Published Sep 2, 2018

Image of the Day Human Presence

Vredefort Crater
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Vredefort Crater

The world’s oldest and largest known impact structure shows some of the most extreme deformation conditions known on Earth.

Published Sep 1, 2018

Image of the Day Land Human Presence

The Scars of Mendocino
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The Scars of Mendocino

Scarring of the landscape is evident in the wake of the largest wildfire in California history.

Published Aug 31, 2018

Image of the Day Land Fires Human Presence Remote Sensing

August Auroras Light Up North American Skies
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August Auroras Light Up North American Skies

An unexpected aurora colored the skies of Canada and northern U.S. states.

Published Aug 30, 2018

Image of the Day Atmosphere Land Remote Sensing

Living the Mars Life on Mauna Loa
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Living the Mars Life on Mauna Loa

On months-long Mars analog missions in Hawaii, donning mock space suits to explore lava flows and other geological formations is often a high point.

Published Aug 29, 2018

Image of the Day Land Human Presence

August Puzzler
Earth Observatory Blogs

August Puzzler

Your challenge is to tell us what we are looking at and why this place is interesting.

Published Aug 28, 2018 in Earth Matters

Last Glacier Standing in Venezuela
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Last Glacier Standing in Venezuela

Humboldt Glacier in the remote tropical Andes is going, going, and nearly gone.

Published Aug 27, 2018

Image of the Day Land Human Presence Snow and Ice Remote Sensing

The Carbon Cycle
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The Carbon Cycle

Carbon flows between the atmosphere, land, and ocean in a cycle that encompasses nearly all life and sets the thermostat for Earth's climate. By burning fossil fuels, people are changing the carbon cycle with far-reaching consequences.

Published Jun 16, 2011

Atmosphere Land

How Scientists are Tracking Florida's Red Tides with Satellites and Smartphones
Earth Observatory Blogs

How Scientists are Tracking Florida's Red Tides with Satellites and Smartphones

Beaches are littered with fish carcasses as Florida confronts one of the worst red tide outbreak in a decade.

Published Aug 24, 2018 in Earth Matters

The Unsung Woman Who Discovered an Unknown Island
Earth Observatory Blogs

The Unsung Woman Who Discovered an Unknown Island

"It took me 20 years to get to the level I should have been hired at, but that doesn't change the fact that I really enjoyed my work." -- Betty Fleming

Published Aug 22, 2018 in Earth Matters

Padma River: The Shape of Erosion
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Padma River: The Shape of Erosion

From 1988 to the present, Landsat satellites have seen changes in shape, size, and position of the Padma River in Bangladesh. View the river's transformations over the past three decades.

Published Aug 21, 2018

Land Water

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 Oct 5, 2000

Land Life

World of Change: Padma River
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World of Change: Padma River

One of the major rivers of Bangladesh has been growing in size, transforming in shape, and changing in location for decades. Each twist and zigzag of the river tells a different geologic story about the power of erosion.

Published Jul 31, 2018

Land Water Remote Sensing World of Change

Patriotic Places from Orbit
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Patriotic Places from Orbit

On July 4, United States citizens celebrate the nation’s independence. EO does the same by visiting five places with historical significance.

Published Jul 3, 2018

Land Videos

Net Primary Productivity
Global Maps Jan 2000 — Oct 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

Kilauea From Orbit
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Kilauea From Orbit

In early May 2018, an eruption on Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano began to unfold. Here’s what satellites saw in the first few weeks of the eruption.

Published Jun 13, 2018

Atmosphere Land Videos

April 2018 Highlights
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April 2018 Highlights

Astronauts regularly shoot photographs of their earthly home. In celebration of National Astronaut Day, NASA Earth Observatory presents some recent eye-catchers from the International Space Station.

Published May 4, 2018

Land Water Snow and Ice Videos