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Anyamba Featured in New Netflix Series

Assaf Anyamba (618/USRA) is featured in the new Netflix series Connected: The Hidden Science of Everything hosted by Latif Nasser. Part of this new series was filmed at Goddard’s Scientific Visualization Studio (August 2019) and at a field site in Free State Province, South Africa (September 2019). The docuseries describes how massive amounts of NASA satellite-derived climate data and disease data from a variety of sources are combined using cloud computing technology and machine learning methods to map and forecast areas at potential risk for disease outbreaks globally. It also illustrates how these satellite measurements are related to focal ground observations of the environment and mosquito vector populations that drive disease outbreaks.

Earthdata Blog: Using Satellites to Measure the Size and Shape of Mangroves

Researchers use remote sensing to measure mangrove forest extent and tree height to inform sustainable management of these ecosystems.

Earth Expeditions Blog: Lasers and Bubbles -- Solving the Arctic’s Methane Puzzle

Trudging through snow up to their thighs, researchers Nicholas Hasson and Phil Hanke pull 200 pounds of equipment through boreal terrain near Fairbanks, Alaska. Once they reach their destination – a frozen, collapsing lake — they drill through two feet of ice to access frigid water containing copious amounts of methane.

Earth Day Countdown Blog: T-8–Water for Crops

As the climate of our home planet changes, some places are drying out and others are getting wetter, including the land producing the food we eat.

NASA's Curious Universe: Only on Earth

Episode 1 of this new podcast series features Dr. Doug Morton talking about the ways NASA keeps an eye on our home planet.

Earth Day Countdown: T-12–48 Years of Land from Space

As people celebrated the first Earth Day 50 years ago, NASA engineers and scientists were hard at work on a new remote sensing mission. While astronaut photos provided spectacular glimpses of our home planet in the vastness of space, and weather satellites showed clouds moving across oceans and continents, this new satellite would collect digital information on Earth’s surface at a much finer scale. It was called the Earth Resources Technology Satellite, or ERTS, and with it scientists could study forests, crop fields, urban areas and more – assuming they had the specialized, bulky devices needed to view an image.

Earth Day Countdown: T-15–Tracking Amazon Deforestation from Above

In the early 2000s, the Brazilian rainforest was losing more than 8,000 square miles per year, an area nearly the size of New Jersey. But beginning in 2004, following several years of particularly rapid deforestation, the tide abruptly turned. Within a few years of adopting aggressive new environmental regulations, large-scale deforestation dropped by roughly 50 percent. By 2012, forest clearing was down nearly 80 percent.

Earth Day Countdown Blog: T-18–Mapping Songbird Diversity

New Hampshire hosts nearly 200 species of songbirds, but quieter forests are concerning conservationists as populations and diversity of the musical species decrease. NASA satellite data helped map the changing forest landscape, better equipping land managers to react to effects of forest fragmentation and changing songbird populations.

Coronavirus Impacts Field Work

Goddard Space Flight Center airborne campaigns are highlighted in a recent Capital Weather Gang article in The Washington Post. The article describes the novel coronavirus's impact on scientific research and field campaigns.

Earth Day Countdown Blog: T-30 – Tracking Methane from Space

NASA’s new 3D picture of methane concentrations shows the second-largest contributor to greenhouse warming and its behavior throughout the atmosphere.

Earth Day Countdown Blog: T-38–Glaciers on the Move

Condense 48 years into six seconds, and Alaska’s glaciers move at a pace that’s anything but glacial. The rivers of ice flow and surge and shift and retreat, and time-lapse videos created from decades of satellite images track the changes over time.

Earth Expeditions: A Breathtaking View – Literally

After visiting with part of the SnowEx 2020 airborne team, we headed up the mountain to rendezvous with the ground team, stationed at Grand Mesa Lodge.

Earth Expeditions: Snow Science Two Miles in the Sky

At a majestic 10,500 feet elevation, Grand Mesa is the world’s tallest mesa, or flat-topped mountain. It’s also the site of an intense month of data collection by NASA’s SnowEx 2020, a ground and airborne campaign testing a variety of instruments that measure the water contained in winter snowpack.

2019 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers

Several 610 researchers were named to the annual list identifying scientists and social scientists who produced multiple papers ranking in the top 1% of citations for their field and year of publication. Congratulations to Greg Faluvegi (611/CU), Cynthia Rosenzweig (611), Alex Ruane (611), Joanne Joiner (614), Matthew Rodell (617), Jeffrey Masek (618), Douglas Morton (618), and Benjamin Poulter (618),

Earth Expeditions Blog: The New and the Lost World of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai

Dr. Dan Slayback writes about his expedition to Earth’s newest landmass, Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai (HTHH) in the Kingdom of Tonga.

NowThis Documentary Features Global Mangrove Monitoring Project

A NowThis documentary was released on global mangrove monitoring projects by Liza Goldberg (618/UMD) with Lola Fatoyinbo (618).

Earth Expeditions Blog: Early Reports from HTHH, Tonga

Daniel Slayback is with a team doing research on Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai, a volcanic island only four years old.

The Fact Checker Features the Amazon Fires

Doug Morton appears in The Washington Post'" video, "The Amazon rainforest in Brazil is burning. Who started the fires? | The Fact Checker."

Earth Expeditions Blog: A New Flame- Airborne Campaign the First to Sample Borneo Fire Smoke in Detail

Read about the Cloud, Aerosol, and Monsoon Processes Philippines Experiment (CAMP2Ex) studying the impact of smoke from fires and pollution on clouds.

Global Fire Season Highlighted in The Washington Post

Niels Andela and the Global Fire Emissions Database were featured in a recent article in The Washington Post.

Notes from the Field: Final Field Days in Batamay, Northeast Siberia

A data shortage in the large swaths of larch forests in Northeast Siberia is a prime reason why we wanted to come here.

Earth Expeditions: Grass, Shrub, Grass… Tree! Measuring Regrowth in a Burned Forest

Groups of researchers from all over the United States and Canada are flocking to the Northwest Territories in summer 2019 to carry field work under the umbrella of NASA’s Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE)

Morton Op Ed in The Washington Post

Doug Morton co-authored, with Ruth DeFries, an Op Ed in The Washington Post about the fires and deforestation in Brazil.

Notes from the Field: Kick-off of Fire Expedition Siberia 2019

Researchers gathered in the western part of the Siberian boreal forest, where they collected the tree-ring data needed to reconstruct the area's fire history.

Earth Matters Blog: Introducing Landsat Ice Stream

Seven ice features in western Antarctica have been named for Earth-observation satellites.
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