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Earth Matters Blog: Walking on Venezuela’s Last Glacier

Carsten Braun last surveyed Humboldt Glacier in 2015. He talked about what it was like to stand on Venezuela’s last glacier.

Earth Matters Blog: Responding to Hurricane Florence with NASA Data

When Hurricane Florence approached the Carolinas, the NASA Disasters Program began providing a suite of satellite data products to disaster responders, such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Guard. The goal was to provide the latest information for decision-making on everything from evacuations to supply routes to recovery estimates.

Earth Matters Blog: How Scientists are Tracking Florida’s Red Tides with Satellites and Smartphones

Put a sample of water from the Gulf of Mexico under a microscope, and you will often find cells of Karenia brevis swimming around. The microscopic algae—the species of phytoplankton responsible for Florida’s worst red tide outbreaks—produce brevetoxin, a compound that in high concentrations can kill wildlife and cause neurological, respiratory, and gastrointestinal issues for people.

Earth Matters Blog: The Trouble with Climate Feedbacks

A posthumous plea for more satellite observations of carbon arrived this week from astronaut and scientist Piers Sellers.

Earth Matters Blog: Remarkable Images of the Kilauea Eruption You May Have Missed

For more than two months, lava has been pouring from part of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, destroying homes and remaking the land surface. More data and imagery of the eruption is flowing in from satellites, drones, and ground-based sensors than Earth Observatory can cover, but here are a few striking images that we would be remiss not to share.

Notes from the Field Blog: Spruce Beetles in Alaska

This summer a team of scientists from NASA Goddard, American University, and the Forest Service are conducting joint field work within south-central Alaska to study the ongoing spruce beetle outbreak.

Earth Matters Blog: Glory of the Pilot

Glories—colorful, circular optical phenomenon caused by water droplets scattering light—are frequently spotted by scientists and crew with NASA’s Operation IceBridge mission

Earth Matters Blog: Mississippi’s Pulliam Prairie

This month we published a satellite image and map of the southern United States featuring the Black Belt Prairie—a crescent-shaped swath of land running through Mississippi and Alabama named for its characteristically dark, fertile soil. Most of the fertile soils are cultivated, contrasting sharply with adjacent forested areas.

Earth Matters Blog: World Cup 2018–A Satellite, Soccer Balls, and Spectacular Space Images

As countries go head to head in the World Cup, can you guess which image goes with which country?

Oreopoulos and Gong recognized as Outstanding Reviewers

Congratulations to Lazaros Oreopoulos and Jie Gong for their recognition as 2017 Outstanding Reviewers for AGU's Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres.

Earth Matters Blog: Tracking the Kilauea Eruption

Scientists talk about the dangerous new eruptions at Kilauea volcano in Hawaii — and how satellites are being used to monitor it.

Earth Matters Blog: Ground to Space - Yaguas National Park

In January 2018, Peru’s protected area grew by more than 2 million acres with the creation of Yaguas National Park. The forest is largely intact, unbroken by roads and human activity. Only the Yaguas River cuts through the continuous canopy, visible in this image acquired by Landsat 8.

Earth Matters Blog: Finding New Ways to Feed the World

Can satellites help end hunger? Experts from the University of Maryland, NASA, and 40 partner organizations are leading the charge to find out.

Earth Matters Blog: A is for Aerosol

Check out the first entry in the visual glossary of earth science that we're building and see several types of aerosols from space.

Earth Matters Blog: Using Satellites to Confront Water Woes

In Bengaluru, India, one of the city’s lakes is so polluted with sewage, trash, and industrial chemicals that it has an alarming habit of catching on fire. As recently as January 19, 2018, fire broke out on Bellandur Lake and burned for seven hours.

Earth Matters Blog: What Climate Change Means for Glaciers, Storms, Fires, Clouds, and More

Haven't had time to read the 400 page report that explains how climate change is affecting our planet? Here are the cliff notes -- and some striking satellite images that you won't soon forget.

Poster Blowout 2018

Note from the Director:
I would like to thank the Director’s Science Committee for putting on an amazingly successful event where scientists and engineers across Goddard shared their work and made new contacts. The interdisciplinary interactions were especially exciting and crossed all four science disciplines.

Click the title of this news item or the image below for more images from the poster party. scientists standing in front of a poster

EO Kids: Ice on Earth: By Land & By Sea

This month, EO Kids is covering a “cool” topic in Earth science. The newest edition of EO Kids, "Ice on Earth: By Land & By Sea," covers two types of ice on the Earth’s surface and how NASA scientists use satellites to study these frozen features from space. Plus, follow two NASA scientists on their extreme camping trip for science across an unexplored stretch of Antarctica.

Earth Blog: In New Mexico, Land of Volcanoes

The Potrillo volcanic field in New Mexico is a perfect analog site for testing the kinds of instruments that future explorers might use to investigate volcanic areas on the Moon, Mars and other rocky planets or moons.

Antarctica from Above: Flying for Science, Finding Beauty

Photographs from the 2017 Operation IceBridge field campaign show the many forms of land and sea ice around the frozen (and melting) southern continent.

Notes from the Field: ICESat-2 Antarctic Traverse

Greetings from New Zealand!

Soon, we’ll report back from even further south. We’re headed to the heart of the Antarctic ice sheet, to collect measurements on the ground for the ICESat-2 mission.

Earth Matters Blog: Why the SoCal Fires are So Fierce

With thousands of homes threatened by intense wildfires burning in southern California, we checked in with NASA Propulsion Laboratory scientist Natasha Stavros to learn more about the destructive blazes.

Earth Matters Blog: In Case You Missed It - The Tropics Are Coming, The Tropics Are Coming!

What does extra carbon dioxide in the atmosphere mean for how air circulates and how clouds are distributed?

Earth Matters Blog: Ground Sighting - the Remote Patagonia Fire Scar

Dozens of wildfires blazed along the Atlantic coast of Argentina coast last winter. One of them left behind a massive burn scar near the Valdez Peninsula. When we wrote about the fires last month, we were unable to say with certainty whether the plume rising off the burn scar was airborne ash or dust. A quick recap from our article...

Earth Matters Blog: In Case You Missed It - What’s Up in a Warming World

From rising carbon dioxide concentrations to to shifting rainfall patterns, here are some highlights of the latest efforts to investigate our warming world.
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