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Earth Expeditions Blog: Alaska’s Newest Lakes Are Belching Methane

09/22/2022
“This lake wasn’t here 50 years ago.”

Katey Walter Anthony, an ecologist at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, dips her paddle into the water as her kayak glides across the lake. “Years ago, the ground was about three meters taller and it was a spruce forest,” she says.

Earth Expeditions Blog: Walking Back in Time to Learn About the Future of Permafrost

09/20/2022
Recently, a group of scientists and pilots with NASA’s Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) toured the Permafrost Tunnel run by the U.S. Army’s Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory in Alaska.

Feldman Selected for 2021 Lorenz G. Straub Award

09/16/2022
Andrew Feldman (618/NPP) was selected as the winner of the 2021 Lorenz G. Straub Award for his 2021 doctoral thesis from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Established under the Lorenz G. Straub Memorial Fund in the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota, the annual award is given for the most meritorious thesis in hydraulic engineering, ecohydraulics, or related fields. Congratulations, Andrew!

Northwest Territories Youth Join NASA ABoVE

08/28/2022
Peter Griffith (618) facilitated the participation of two Northwest Territories youth on a flight for this summer's NASA Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) field campaign.

BBC Article Explores Deforestation, Wildfires, and Climate

08/17/2022
Doug Morton was interviewed for a BBC article to discuss the impact that deforestation is having on the climate

Mongabay Article Explores Forest Fire History

08/17/2022
Doug Morton was interviewed for an article on Mongabay.com discussing how the data over the last 20 years could indicate that wildfires are increasing in frequency.

NASA GLOBE Land Cover Challenge 2022: Land Cover in a Changing Climate

07/26/2022
The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program invites you to take part in our upcoming Land Cover Challenge: “Land Cover in a Changing Climate.”

The photos you take using The GLOBE Program’s GLOBE Observer app document the current land cover and may also show evidence of land cover or land use change in the area. We especially encourage you to look for places you know have changed (or where you know change is coming), and put any information about the reasons or timing for that change in the field notes section. While existing land cover databases (such as the 50-year record from the Landsat satellite) may be able to indicate where change is happening, they don’t always include the reasons why those changes occurred, so any local, on-the-ground knowledge you share with us can be especially helpful.

2022 Camp Landsat Now Open!

07/22/2022
Camp Landsat logoCamp Landsat is now open! Join us for five weeks of summer camp fun as we celebrate Landsat satellites orbiting Earth for 50 years. This virtual camp explores a new theme each week about how Landsat has helped us better understand our home planet. Like early voyagers mapping lands unknown to them and space telescopes providing new information about the universe, Landsat satellites have given us new perspectives about the world we live in. In camp this summer we explore how Landsat helps map global cities and helps show us where trees are growing and where they are being burned or cut down. Discover how Landsat helps managers be better informed about global food supplies and make better decisions about water use and quality. Learn how Landsat has helped map the icy shores of Antarctica and how Landsat has witnessed the movement and disappearance of glaciers around the world. Your virtual camp counselors have curated an exciting collection of videos, interactives, and downloadable games and activities that you can do at home with friends of all ages. Landsat is a joint program of NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey.

Feldman Recognized for Excellence

06/30/2022
Andrew Feldman (618) was named an AGU Outstanding Reviewer of 2021 for outstanding service to the authors and readers of Geophysical Research Letters.

Morton's Fire Research Cited in Phys.org Article

06/06/2022
A recent article on Phys.org highlighting California wildfires cited work by Doug Morton (618) and colleagues.

2021 Camp Landsat Outreach Recognized

05/13/2022
Congratulations to Ginger Butcher (618/SSAI), Mike Taylor (618/SSAI), Allison Nussbaum (618/SSAI), and Laura Rocchio (618/SSAI) for receiving a 2022 Communicator Award of Distinction from the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts for their work on the 2021 Camp Landsat outreach campaign. The 28th Annual Communicator Awards received over 4,000 entries, making it the largest and most competitive awards program honoring creative excellence for communications professionals.

Earth Day 2022 Live Shots en Español

04/22/2022
For Earth Day 2022, Edil Sepulveda Carlo (618/SSAI) participated in a live interview with CNN en Español. He highlighted the work of NASA Earth Sciences Division, spoke about NASA observations for the last five decades and the climate change impacts observed across the planet, and discussed some of the Earth Science missions planned for this year.

Fatoyinbo Interviewed for Eyes on Earth

02/14/2022
Dr. Lola Fatoyinbo was interviewed for USGS's Eyes on Earth podcast. In Episode 68, she discussed using Landsat satellite data to study mangroves

2021 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers

12/10/2021
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), Ben Cook (611), Alex Ruane (611), Alexei Lyapustin (613), Joanna Joiner (614), Douglas Morton (618), Benjamin Poulter (618), and Eric Vermote (619) for being named to this year's list.

Vice President Harris Visits NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

11/05/2021
Accompanied by Senator Chris Van Hollen and NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, Vice President Kamala Harris visited NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. At her visit, Vice President Harris heard presentations describing how the nation's space program studies climate change and provides crucial information to understand our planet's changes and their impacts on our lives. Lesley Ott (610.1) presented an overview of NASA climate change research and a hyperwall presentation highlighting the impacts of climate change as observed from space and the role of Earth system models in helping communities prepare. Ott was joined by Pam Melroy from NASA Headquarters, who introduced NASA's Earth Science Division, and Christian Braneon (611) from the Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Braneon provided examples of communities using satellite data in their environmental decision making. The event concluded with NASA Administrator Nelson and Goddard biospheric scientist Lola Fatoyinbo (618) presenting the first light Landsat-9 image.

Gabon's Mangrove Tree Research Highlighted

10/27/2021
As part of its coverage of the U.N. COP26 climate conference, Reuters published a story on Gabon's efforts to study the amount of carbon stored in their mangroves. The article cited research by Dr. Lola Fatoyinbo.

NASA Earth Expeditions: Too Remote, Too Wild, and Too Cold: Helping Satellites See Arctic Greening With Boots on the Ground

10/06/2021
Far up in northern Alaska, Logan Berner’s legs are burning with pain from trekking over tussocks in grassy valley bottoms and rugged, cloud-choked mountain passes. He’s spending a couple of weeks of 2021’s summer traversing the mountainous Brook Range, carrying just the essentials to sustain him in the expanse of the Alaskan Arctic.

Notes from the Field: Unraveling the Mysteries of Arctic Greening and Browning

10/05/2021
Following caribou and brown bear trails when possible, a small NASA-supported research team trekked 800 miles across Alaska’s Brooks Range last summer. With additional support from NSF, the Alaska Space Grant Program, and the Explorers Club/Discover, the research team is collecting extensive ecological field data that will be linked with satellite observations to better understand long-term changes in vegetation, including impacts of climate warming. The Arctic is warming nearly twice as rapidly as the rest of the planet and the impacts are becoming increasingly evident as glaciers melt, permafrost thaws, and tundra greens.

NASA Earth Expeditions Blog: Landsat Launch Brings City of Lompoc Together

09/29/2021
In early 2021, local artist (and Lompoc Mural Society curator) Ann Thompson competed in and won the call for artists to commemorate Landsat 9’s launch and the Landsat program’s 50th anniversary. Along with representatives from NASA, the U.S. Geological Survey, United Launch Alliance, and the city of Lompoc, Thompson helped dedicate the mural for its official opening on September 26, 2021, one day before Landsat 9’s launch.

NASA Earth Expeditions Blog: Liftoff for Landsat 9

09/28/2021
11AM, Lompoc Airport

Launch day dawned gray and cool, with low-hanging cloud cover and a light drizzle. While the launch crew ran through their final procedures and checks before launch, I went to the public viewing site at Lompoc Airport, where several tents’ worth of activities and a “not-quite-life-sized” cutout of Landsat 9 greeted visitors.

NASA Earth Expeditions Blog: In Lompoc, Scientists Gather for Landsat Trivia Night

09/27/2021
It’s a smoky Saturday evening in the small town of Lompoc, California, and most of the streets are quiet — except for the warmly lit tables and flickering tiki torches in the outdoor dining area at Hangar 7. It’s Landsat Trivia Night, and the small restaurant is bustling with about three dozen scientists, engineers, project managers, and techies of all sorts from NASA, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the United Launch Alliance.

NASA Earth Expeditions Blog: ‘The most exciting beep I’ll ever hear’

09/24/2021
When the Landsat 9 satellite launches to space next week, it won’t be going alone. NASA is partnering with the U.S. Space Force to launch four CubeSats — miniature satellites — on the same Atlas V rocket that’s taking Landsat 9 to its orbit 438 miles above Earth.

NASA Earth Expeditions Blog: Meet Landsat 9

09/23/2021
It’s less than four days before the planned launch of Landsat 9, and the perfect time to learn about this amazing satellite and the nearly 50-year-old Landsat program.

Earth Matters Blog: Data in Harmony

05/17/2021
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

04/22/2021
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.

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