Some features of this site are not compatible with your browser. Install Opera Mini to better experience this site.

Environmental Effects of Coronavirus Quarantines

As nations and economies shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, pollution levels and human patterns changed in ways that were detectable by satellites.
Nitrogen Dioxide Levels Rebound in China
Image

Nitrogen Dioxide Levels Rebound in China

With most lockdowns ending and economic activity resuming, levels of the air pollutant have returned to near normal for this time of year.

Published May 22, 2020

Image of the Day Atmosphere Life Dust and Haze Human Presence Remote Sensing

Satellites Show a Decline in Fire in the U.S. Southeast
Image

Satellites Show a Decline in Fire in the U.S. Southeast

Among the byproducts of the pandemic and social distancing is a drop in forest management fires on federal lands.

Published May 18, 2020

Image of the Day Land Dust and Haze Remote Sensing

Airborne Particle Levels Plummet in Northern India
Image

Airborne Particle Levels Plummet in Northern India

Satellite data show that aerosol levels have dropped significantly since the COVID-19 lockdown began.

Published Apr 20, 2020

Image of the Day Atmosphere Dust and Haze Human Presence Remote Sensing

Nighttime Images Capture Change in China
Image

Nighttime Images Capture Change in China

Night lights not only speak to where we live, but how.

Published Mar 26, 2020

Image of the Day Land Life Dust and Haze Human Presence Remote Sensing

Airborne Nitrogen Dioxide Plummets Over China
Image

Airborne Nitrogen Dioxide Plummets Over China

NO2 amounts have dropped with the coronavirus quarantine, Chinese New Year, and a related economic slowdown.

Published Feb 28, 2020

Image of the Day Atmosphere Life Dust and Haze Human Presence Remote Sensing