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The Inequitable Distribution of Urban Trees

A significant disparity in tree cover across urban neighborhoods leads to differences in temperatures and health outcomes.

A Pair of Ancient Lakes

Lake Ohrid and Lake Prespa are among the oldest on Earth, with unique traits that come with age.

Smoke Blankets the Amazon

The southern Amazon has become a hotspot of fire activity as roads, cattle, crops, and people replace the rainforest.

Western Smoke Rides the Winds

Smoke from fires in Washington and Oregon blanketed Puget Sound and wafted out over the Pacific Ocean.

Smoky Fires Rage in the Northwest

Though summer is approaching its calendar end, the scorching weather of the 2022 season has left many forests primed to burn.

Lake Manchar is Overflowing

In the face of extreme monsoon flooding, Pakistan’s largest lake has had several breaches.

The Geysers of California

Hot springs and fumaroles dot this misnamed geothermal field that hosts the world’s largest complex of power plants capturing subterranean heat.

Parched Poyang Lake

Prolonged heat and drought have drained China’s largest freshwater lake.

NASA Invites Media to Learn About Mission Studying Climate Impacts in Arctic

NASA will host a media availability at the Fairbanks International Airport in Fairbanks, Alaska, 4–5:30 p.m. Alaska Time (8–9:30 p.m. EDT), Wednesday Aug. 24, for the Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE), a set of research projects studying the effects of climate change on northern ecosystems from aircraft and field projects.

Eruption in Fagradalsfjall, Iceland

In southwest Iceland, in early August 2022, another volcanic eruption began on a fissure swarm that last year awakened from nearly a millennia of quiet.

How Scientists Used Acoustic Soundscapes and NASA Satellite Data to Assess the Health of the Amazon Rainforest

From space, parts of the Amazon rainforest that have previously been logged or burned may look fully recovered with a healthy, lush, and green canopy, a place buzzing with activity and full of sounds. But inside the rainforest the animal life may tell a different story of damage to their environment through a quieter soundscape.

NASA Transfers Landsat 9 Satellite to USGS to Monitor Earth’s Changes

NASA transferred ownership and operational control on Thursday of the Landsat 9 satellite to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in a ceremony in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Fires Near Yosemite

For the second time in a month, drought-parched forests near the park are burning.

Landsat Legacy: NASA-USGS Program Observing Earth from Space Turns 50

On a warm July day in 1972, NASA launched a new Earth-imaging satellite called the Earth Resources Technology Satellite. The first Landsat was so successful it led to a series of satellites that have created the longest contiguous record of Earth’s surface from a space-eye view – that continues growing to this day, 50 years later.

Smoke Over Siberia

The Aqua satellite captured an image showing dozens of fires charring forests in Russia’s far east.

Heat and Fires Scorch Northern Canada

Hundreds of fires are raging in the Northwest Territories and the Yukon.

A Smoky Summer in Alaska

Satellite imagery shows smoke from hundreds of wildland fires darkening skies.

Alaska Ablaze

Dozens of wildfires, including the largest tundra fire on record for the Yukon, are burning across the state.

NOAA Shares Flashy First Imagery from GOES-18 Lightning Mapper

The Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) instrument, onboard NOAA’s GOES-18 satellite, is now providing striking lightning observations of the Western Hemisphere. GOES-18 launched on March 1, 2022.

NCCS User Spotlight: Goutam Konapala

As part of NASA’s celebration of Asian American and Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander Heritage Month, this spotlight shines on NCCS user Goutam Konapala. We follow Konapala from his childhood in an Indian village to his computational research on Earth’s water cycle with NASA Goddard's Biospheric Sciences Laboratory and UMBC.

The Black Fire Blows Up in New Mexico

The intensity and speed of the Black fire grew quickly, producing a pyrocumulonimbus cloud and crossing the Continental Divide, to become the second-largest fire in the state.

JPSS and GOES-R Exhibit Ribbon Cutting

On May 19, 2022, the Goddard Visitor Center held a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new exhibit by the JPSS and GOES-R Series programs. Located on the outer edge of the Rocket Garden, the exhibit features an abstract kinetic sculpture with three mirrored orbs, representing the Sun, Earth and the satellites, that are activated by the wind.

Scientists Show How Forests Measure Up

A new map shows the height of Earth’s forests, from stubby saplings to timbers towering more than 50 meters tall, across the entire land surface.

Measuring Methane in the Everglades

Scientists are measuring emissions from dying mangrove forests in order to learn something about soaring global levels of the greenhouse gas.

Wildfires Continue to Burn Across New Mexico

By early May 2022, nearly a quarter million acres had burned in New Mexico, almost double the annual total of 2021.

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