Applied Sciences

NASA satellites and sensors constantly take the pulse of our planet, measuring how Earth changes by the day, season, year, and decade. Researchers and resource managers analyze those measurements and apply them on local and regional scales to better manage things like our food and water supplies, health, safety, land use, and ecosystems. NASA data is also used by other government agencies to help with responses to natural disasters and emergencies around the country and the world.

Cleaning Up Cookstoves
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Cleaning Up Cookstoves

A new study suggests that health and climate benefits may come from unexpected parts of the world.

Published Feb 9, 2017

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Mapping a Tenacious Invader in Lake Thurmond
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Mapping a Tenacious Invader in Lake Thurmond

New maps could help managers control an invasive aquatic plant in the southeastern United States.

Published Jan 4, 2017

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Sap-sucking Bugs Threaten Hemlock Forests
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Sap-sucking Bugs Threaten Hemlock Forests

Tiny adelgids are killing off hemlock trees in the eastern United States.

Published Nov 15, 2016

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Puerto Rico Goes Dark
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Puerto Rico Goes Dark

A power plant fire left much of the island without electricity.

Published Sep 23, 2016

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Going High-Tech for Fire Detection
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Going High-Tech for Fire Detection

The Firecast project aims to bring current satellite data to fire managers as they manage forests in tropical nations. The hope is to improve the monitoring of wildfires and deforestation.

Published Aug 9, 2016

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Automating the Detection of Landslides
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Automating the Detection of Landslides

New open-source software called SLIP-DRIP uses satellite images and rainfall data to help identify otherwise overlooked landslides.

Published Jul 8, 2016

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A Clearer View of Fire
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A Clearer View of Fire

Scientists hope that higher-resolution data from VIIRS will lessen the pressure on firefighters.

Published Dec 8, 2015

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A Satellite View of River Width
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A Satellite View of River Width

As they prepare for a satellite that will measure the height and areal extent of rivers in unprecedented detail, hydrologists have released a better map of North American river widths.

Published Jul 9, 2015

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Exploring Reefs from Space
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Exploring Reefs from Space

An image of Fiji’s coast shows how modern satellites can help study underwater corals even in the most remote regions.

Published Jul 4, 2015

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Scientist-Volunteers Map Landslides from Nepal Quakes
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Scientist-Volunteers Map Landslides from Nepal Quakes

A multinational team is trying to map landslide hazards in Nepal before the summer monsoon adds to the region’s misery.

Published Jun 4, 2015

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Satellites Spot Fields Idled by Drought
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Satellites Spot Fields Idled by Drought

Analysis of Landsat and MODIS data showed where agricultural production was affected by long-term drought in California.

Published Jan 30, 2015

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Put a Lid on It
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Put a Lid on It

Devices that limit NOx emissions from electric power plants have helped clear the air over the United States.

Published Jun 27, 2014

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Sulfur Dioxide Increasing Over India
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Sulfur Dioxide Increasing Over India

A new analysis of data from the Aura satellite shows greater concentrations of this atmospheric pollutant.

Published Dec 20, 2013

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ISERV observes flooding in Calgary
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ISERV observes flooding in Calgary

A camera system on the International Space Station observed the high water and muddy aftermath in southern Alberta, Canada.

Published Jun 29, 2013

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Water Storage Maps Show Improvement
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Water Storage Maps Show Improvement

At the surface, moisture is more abundant than in 2012. But time will tell if it seeps down to restore aquifers parched by drought.

Published Jun 18, 2013

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New ISS Eyes See Rio San Pablo
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New ISS Eyes See Rio San Pablo

ISERV Pathfinder camera system may eventually provide needed Earth observations to developing countries.

Published Mar 3, 2013

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Signs of the U.S. Drought Are Underground
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Signs of the U.S. Drought Are Underground

The GRACE satellites can detect the movement and depletion of water supplies at and below Earth’s surface.

Published Sep 20, 2012

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Tiny Shrimp, Big Changes
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Tiny Shrimp, Big Changes

Aquaculture along the coast of the Gulf of Fonseca shows the delicate balance between coastal development and conservation.

Published Jun 15, 2012

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Oil Slick Around Mississippi Barrier Islands
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Oil Slick Around Mississippi Barrier Islands

On June 26, 2010, oil was visible in the waters surrounding Horn and Petit Bois Islands following the Deepwater Horizon spill.

Published Jun 29, 2010

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Human Ecosystems
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Human Ecosystems

This global map shows Earth’s anthropogenic biomes—ecological patterns caused or influenced by human activity.

Published Oct 2, 2009

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Crop Recovery in Afghanistan
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Crop Recovery in Afghanistan

A vegetation index image shows areas of above-average crop growth in northern Afghanistan, following beneficial rains in March and April 2009.

Published Jun 12, 2009

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Subsidence in New Orleans
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Subsidence in New Orleans

In the three-year period prior to Hurricane Katrina, the city subsided 8 millimeters per year relative to global mean sea level.

Published Jun 3, 2006

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