NASA-Rio de Janeiro Partnership

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In December 2015, NASA and the City of Rio de Janeiro signed an agreement to support innovative efforts to better understand, anticipate, and monitor hazards, including heavy rainfall, sea level rise, and landslides, in and around the city. This collaboration will leverage the unique attributes of NASA's satellite data and Rio de Janeiro's management and monitoring capabilities to improve awareness of how the city of Rio may be impacted by hazards and affected by climate change. NASA's Earth-observing satellites provide valuable information to diagnose how our environment and climate is around the world. The City of Rio de Janeiro collects important data from the ground to connect with what can be viewed from space for improving the monitoring of hazards and climate impacts, making decions and taking action.

Partnership Highlights

School Atlas of Rio de Janeiro - 2018
See Rio de Janeiro through a series of maps (em português), produced by Rio de Janeiro's Instituto Pereira Passos.

Climate Proofing Rio de Janeiro
See NASA's Earth Observatory Image of the Day on Rio de Janeiro's urban heat island.

Cities Partner to Prepare for Natural Hazards and Climate Change
Read the summary of a NASA-Rio-UCCRN training workshop in EOS.

NASA-Rio FacebookLive Broadcast
Watch a FacebookLive broadcast from Southern Manhattan with NASA-Rio participants

Climate Resilience in New York and Rio
Read a press release on NASA's role in climate resilience in New York and Rio de Janeiro

A Watchful Eye on Rio
NASA's Earth Observatory looks at Rio de Janeiro with NASA's remote sensing 'athletes'

Rio de Janeiro: A Changing City
NASA's Earth Observatory compares images of Rio in 1960 and 2015

NASA-Rio Webinar Series 2017

See the NASA-Rio page em português for more information

NASA-Rio Webinar Series 2016

#1: Climate Change Basics, Earth Observations from Space, and Extreme Precipitation Events and Impacts

Participants will find out more about the NASA-Rio de Janeiro cooperative agreement, and will learn the basics about our changing climate. They will find out how we are able to use satellites to collect data to help us better understand our home planet. A NASA scientist will show satellite images of the Rio area and explain what these images tell us about change in the Rio area. Participants will explore satellite data that focuses on measuring precipitation, and will learn how to better understand extreme precipitation situations, such as flooding and landslides. Participants will learn about the Rio Warning System for Heavy Rain and Flooding, see the Alerta Rio control room, and understand the process of monitoring and forecasting rain and landslides in Rio.

Watch an archived recording (em português)

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#2: Impact of Precipitation and Sea-Level Rise in Rio: Air Quality and Fires

This webinar will focus on air quality, the impact of forest fires on the environment in Brazil, the Urban Heat Island effect, and we will learn how the city of Rio is responding to the challenge of monitoring air quality. We will also hear about some of the sustainable practices that are in place at the Rio Planetarium.

Learn more about the webinar and read speaker biographies

Watch an archived recording (em português)

#3: Water Quality, Ocean Color and Sea-Level Rise

Learn more about the webinar and read speaker biographies

Watch an archived recording (em português)

NASA-Rio-UCCRN Training Partnership: Sea Level Rise, Urban Heat Islands and Water Quality, November 14th-16th 2016, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Read the meeting report in EOS

Read a complete workshop summary


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Goddard Applied Sciences brings together Goddard's vast Earth Science resources for societal benefit. Goddard Applied Sciences coordinates projects funded by a variety of NASA programs and missions, connects NASA researchers with end users, supports interagency activities, and develops external partnerships. Activities span the range of the Earth Sciences; current working groups include air quality, climate, water and natural disaster-related applications.

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