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Douglas Morton: Monitoring the Earth for a Brighter Future

Douglas Morton, chief of the Biospheric Sciences Laboratory at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, uses satellite data to track how ecosystems are changing over time.

Drought Reveals Lost “Spanish Stonehenge”

The Dolmen de Guadalperal resurfaced after five decades underwater.

Smoke Blankets Borneo

Fires burning in peat deposits in Indonesia release gases and particles that have consequences for public health and the climate.

Drought Exacerbates Australian Fires

Several years of dry conditions have set the stage for a fierce fire season in several southeastern states.

Satellite Data Record Shows Climate Change's Impact on Fires

While every fire needs a spark to ignite and fuel to burn, it's the hot and dry conditions in the atmosphere that determine the likelihood of a fire starting, its intensity and the speed at which it spreads. Over the past several decades, as the world has increasingly warmed, so has its potential to burn.

Circling the Serengeti

These African plains host the largest natural animal migration in the world.

Landsat Illustrates Five Decades of Change to Greenland Glaciers

Greenland's Helheim Glacier, along with its neighbors, have changed significantly in the last five decades, as illustrated by comparing Landsat images from 1972 and 2019.

Fire Burns in Paraguay, Bolivia, and Brazil

Since the beginning of August 2019, NASA satellites have observed fires burning near the border of Bolivia, Paraguay, and Brazil.

Uptick in Amazon Fire Activity in 2019

Satellites have detected an increase in fire activity early in the 2019 dry season in the southern Amazon

Philippine Airborne Campaign Targets Weather, Climate Science

NASA's P-3 science aircraft soared above the Manila skyline on Monday to begin a nearly two-month-long investigation into how smoke from fires changes clouds, a key factor in improving weather and climate forecasts.

New Landsat Infrared Instrument Ships from NASA

This month, TIRS-2 successfully passed the stringent 12-week testing process at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Amazonian Fires Continue Shrouding South America in Smoke

Smoke from the fires raging in in the Amazon basin is clearly visible across much of the center of South America.

Boreal Forest Fires Could Release Deep Soil Carbon

Increasingly frequent and severe forest fires could burn generations-old carbon stored in the soils of boreal forests, according to results from the Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) funded by NASA’s Earth Science Division.

Building a Long-Term Record of Fire

Scientists have answered some important questions about how fires vary around the world and are changing over time.

Large Wildfire on Gran Canaria Prompts Evacuations

The island of Gran Canaria, the second most populous island in the Spanish archipelago's Canary Islands, is currently experiencing a large wildfire whose origins are still under investigation.

NASA Studies How Arctic Wildfires Change the World

Wildfires in the Arctic often burn far away from populated areas, but their impacts are felt around the globe.

A New Global Fire Atlas

The satellite-based atlas includes information about more than 13 million fires.

South Africa’s Largest Open-Pit Mine

The pit near Phalaborwa and Kruger National Park is the most visible sign of a long history of mining in the region.

A New Patch of Green in Brazil

A twenty-year effort to plant millions of trees in Minas Gerais is visible to Landsat.

Study Projects Troubles for 1700 Vertebrate Species

Researchers examined how human land use will affect species habitats around the world.

Tracking Smoke From Fires to Improve Air Quality Forecasting

NASA and NOAA kicked off a months-long airborne investigation into the life cycles of smoke from fires in the United States for improved forecasting and for better understanding their impact on weather and climate.

Green Space is Good for Mental Health

New study uses satellite and demographic data to show how the prolonged presence of green space is important for a healthy society.

Through Smoke and Fire, NASA Searches for Answers

NASA satellites reveal a world marked by fire: a global patchwork of flame and smoke driven by the seasons and people.

Mapping the Land Between the Tides

Harnessing 30 years of Landsat data, researchers have created the first three-dimensional model of Australia’s entire coastline.

Final ACT-America Flights Target Summer Greenhouse Gases

As families across the country take to the sky to kick off well-earned summer vacations, a group of scientists from NASA and academia is taking to the sky, too — but this is no vacation.
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