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Atmosphere

Another Fire in Greenland
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Another Fire in Greenland

Nearly two years after a rare wildfire in western Greenland, satellites spotted new smoke plumes streaming from the same region.

Published Jul 11, 2019

Image of the Day Atmosphere Heat Land Fires Human Presence

Finding Hidden Ship Tracks
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Finding Hidden Ship Tracks

Ship tracks are a common atmospheric occurrence. Scientists are now combining machine learning and satellites to detect them automatically.

Published Jul 3, 2019

Image of the Day Atmosphere Water Unique Imagery Human Presence Remote Sensing

A Longer Dry Season in the Congo Rainforest
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A Longer Dry Season in the Congo Rainforest

The summer dry season has lengthened by about 10 days per decade within rainforest boundaries.

Published Jul 2, 2019

Image of the Day Atmosphere Land Remote Sensing

Cloud Fraction
Global Maps

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.

Feb 2000 — Jun 2019

Atmosphere

Aerosol Optical Depth
Global Maps

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.

Mar 2000 — Jun 2019

Atmosphere