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NCCS Spatial Analytics Platform Helps the GFED Project Speed Up Global and Local Fire Analysis

NASA scientists are using the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) Spatial Analytics Platform and its Esri ArcGIS Server resources to provide a new, publicly shared data visualization analysis resource, the Global Fire Emissions Database (GFED).

The Parched Paraná River

A drought around South America’s second longest river has grounded ships and contributed to a rash of fire in the delta and floodplain.

Checking on Chikungunya

Researchers can predict potential outbreaks of the mosquito-borne virus months in advance by using satellite data.

Alaska’s Vegetation is Changing Dramatically

Tree and plant cover has deteriorated considerably in some areas, while advancing in other areas that previously burned or used to be frozen.

Methane Emissions Continue to Rise

Rapid growth from 2008–2017 built upon the rise in the atmospheric concentration of the gas that has been happening for more than a century.

Conditions Ripe for Active Amazon Fire, Atlantic Hurricane Seasons

Warmer than average sea surface temperatures in the tropical North Atlantic Ocean so far in 2020 have set the stage for an active hurricane season and elevated the risk of fires in the southern Amazon.

NASA's Terra Satellite Peers Down at New Mexico Fires

NASA's Terra satellite peered down from space to capture an image of the three fires visible in New Mexico on July 01, 2020. The fires pictured in this image are the Cub Fire, the Good Fire and the Vics Peak fire.

NASA's Aqua Satellite Shows Siberian Fires Filling Skies With Smoke

NASA's Aqua satellite captured this image of Siberian fires criss-crossing the landscape and huge clouds of smoke obscuring large portions of the countryside.

Both Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo Experiencing High Numbers of Agricultural Fires

Fires have spread across the majority of the landscape in Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Southeastern Australia Turns Green

After two years of severe drought, abundant rain finally fell over the Australian state and turned the landscape green.

Lonar Lake Tries On a Rosy Color

The lake in west-central India promptly changed from green to pink, and the reason why remains a mystery.

Green Lagoons No More

With so much of its water diverted, the Colorado River Delta has dried out and lost much of its vegetation and wildlife.

Breakup Along the Mackenzie River

Each spring, the Canadian Arctic is the site of a fierce battle between water and ice.

Frozen Finland Thaws

After a harsh winter in northern Finland, warm temperatures rapidly melted snow to cause significant flooding.

Sawtooth Fire Breaks Out in Superstition Wilderness in Arizona

From the U.S. Forest Service-Tonto National Forest's Facebook page: "The Sawtooth Fire is burning in the Superstition Wilderness area of The Tonto National Forest.

A May Landslide in Alaska

Warm spring weather may have helped trigger a landslide on Yudi Peak.

Fires Near Guerrero, Mexico Still Aflame

Fires that have been around Guerrero Mexico since at least the beginning of May are continuing to burn.

NASA Snow Campaign Wraps 2020 Survey

NASA’s SnowEx ground and airborne campaign is a multiyear effort using a variety of techniques to study snow characteristics, and the team concluded their second field campaign in March 2020.

Muddy Flooding in Michigan

Two days of heavy rain led to catastrophic dam failures and major flooding in Midland County.

Deforestation in Argentina’s Gran Chaco

South America’s second-largest forest has been experiencing rapid tree losses in recent decades.

Satellites Show a Decline in Fire in the U.S. Southeast

Among the byproducts of the pandemic and social distancing is a drop in forest management fires on federal lands.

Mount St. Helens

In May 1980, a satellite watched the mountain violently erupt; satellites over the next forty years watched it recover.

A New Lake—Water Not Lava—On Kilauea

After its lava lake drained and the floor dropped, water has been pooling up in the bottom of Halema‘uma‘u crater for several months.

New Zealand Browned by Drought

North Island vegetation shows signs of stress during one the region’s most severe droughts on record.

Orange You Glad It’s Spring?

After a wet March and April 2020, poppy fields bloomed in Southern California.
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