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Earth Matters Blog: Data in Harmony

The Harmonized Landsat Sentinel-2 dataset combines Landsat and Sentinel-2 imagery into a seamless product.

Morton and Hoy Support NASA Earth Day Live Shots

Doug Morton (618) and Liz Hoy (618/GST) participated in a NASA Earth Day Live Shots event to discuss NASA Earth Science highlights with television audiences around the country. Overall, Doug and Liz completed interviews with 10 stations including stations in Florida, Texas, Virginia, Utah, Arkansas, Louisiana, and West Virginia – with one of the Florida interviews being in a top 20 TV market.

NBC's Today Show - Intern Interview

GSFC intern Liza Goldberg, along with her mentor, Lola Fatoyinbo, were interviewed on the TODAY show in a segment highlighting her work -- including developing a platform to get NASA data into classrooms called “Cloud to Classroom.”

Earth Matters Blog: Landsat -- Continuing the Legacy

Five decades ago, NASA and the U.S. Geological Society launched a satellite to monitor Earth’s landmasses. The Apollo era had given us our first look at Earth from space and inspired scientists to regularly collect images of our planet. The first Landsat — originally known as the Earth Resources Technology Satellite (ERTS) — rocketed into space in 1972. Today we are preparing to launch the ninth satellite in the series.

Poulter Interviewed by BBC Radio

Ben Poulter (618) was interviewed by the BBC Radio program “The Climate Question” for their episode “Have we planted too much faith in trees?”

Goldberg Featured on NBC Bay Area

Liza Goldberg (618/UMD) was featured on a segment for NBC Bay Area, where she highlighted her work on bringing Earth Observation and Remote Sensing into classrooms, through her initiative called Cloud to Classroom.

Earth Matters Blog: A Checkup for Carbon

Every year, a group of scientists affiliated with the Global Carbon Project give Earth something like an annual checkup. Among the key questions they address: how much carbon is stored in the atmosphere, the ocean, and the land? And how much of that carbon has moved from one reservoir to another through fossil fuel burning, deforestation, reforestation, and uptake by the ocean each year?

Goldberg Featured by Nob Hill Gazette

Liza Goldberg (618/UMD) was featured in the Nob Hill Gazette in a piece entitled, “Movers and Shakers: Thinking Outside the Box Pays Off.”

Masek Discusses Landsat on PBS Podcast

Jeffrey Masek (618) discussed satellite technologies and the Landsat Program on the PBS podcast “NovaNow.” The episode is titled “How the future of satellites might affect life on Earth” and also features Dr. Danielle Wood (MIT), who was formerly of NASA Goddard.

New Version of Global Chikungunya Risk Mapping and Forecasting Application Released

Vector-borne disease (VBD) team, A. Anyamba (618/USRA) B. Bishnoi (618/USRA), H. Tubbs (618/USRA), R. Damoah (618/MSU), and J. Small (618/USRA), have released a new version of the Global Chikungunya Risk Mapping and Forecasting Application (CHIKRisk App). The application supports Department of Defense global disease surveillance efforts for force health protection and Pan-American Health Organization's public health early warning.

2020 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 Matthew Rodell (610), Gregory Faluvegi (611/CU), Alexei Lyapustin (613), Joanna Joiner (614), Jeffrey Masek (618), Douglas Morton (618), Benjamin Poulter (618), and Eric Vermote (619) for being named to this year's list.

Laboratory Members Named to Highly Cited Researchers List

Congratulations to Jeffrey Masek, Douglas Morton, and Benjamin Poulter for being named to the 2020 Clarivate Web of Science Highly Cited Researchers List. Recipients are recognized for their exceptional research influence, demonstrated by the production of multiple highly cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in Web of Science.

Poulter Discusses COVID-19 and FIre Activity

Ben Poulter (618) was interviewed by Science about how COVID-19 has caused a decline in fires in the Southeastern United States and what this means for fuel reduction and future fire risk.

Voice of America Discusses Arctic Wildfires with Hoy and Morton

Liz Hoy (618/GST) and Doug Morton (618) were interviewed for an article published in Voice of America on Arctic Wildfires.

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. In "Clouds" (Episode 5), Anyamba 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. He also illustrates how these satellite measurements are related to focal ground observations of the environment and mosquito vector populations that drive disease outbreaks. Filming locations included Goddard’s Scientific Visualization Studio (August 2019) and a field site in Free State Province, South Africa (September 2019).

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.

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