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Parched Poyang Lake

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

Devastating Floods in Pakistan

A summer of torrential monsoon rains has affected millions, particularly around the Indus River.

Lake Powell Still Shrinking

The second largest reservoir in the United States now stands at its lowest level since it was filled in the mid-1960s.

Media Invited to Learn About NASA Tools, Resources for Agriculture

NASA will host a media teleconference at 1:30 p.m. CDT Thursday, Aug. 25, to discuss the agency’s tools, resources, and science research available to the agriculture community.

Deep Concern About Food Security in Eastern Africa

The Horn of Africa is facing drought and crop failures after four inadequate rainy seasons.

Death Valley Flash Flooding

In one of the driest places on Earth, a thousand-year rain event delivered 75 percent of the yearly average precipitation in just three hours.

Tracking Deluge and Drought through Soil Moisture

From soaked to dry, the variable state of U.S. soils has implications for farmers and crop production.

A Reservoir Runs Dry

A reservoir in northern Mexico drops to less than one percent capacity amid a persistent and deepening drought that defies borders.

US-European Satellite Will Make World’s First Global Freshwater Survey

The Surface Water and Ocean Topography mission will make measurements of over 95% of Earth’s lakes, rivers, and reservoirs.

Lake Mead Keeps Dropping

Continuing a 22-year downward trend, water levels in Lake Mead stand at their lowest since April 1937, when the reservoir was still being filled for the first time. As of July 18, 2022, Lake Mead was filled to just 27 percent of capacity.

Floods Swamp Bangladesh

Monsoon rains have overwhelmed villages, inundated crops, and displaced hundreds of thousands of people.

Catastrophic Flooding in Yellowstone

Snowmelt and heavy rain caused historically high water that destroyed homes, roads, and bridges, and isolated some of the national park’s gateway communities.

Five Questions to Help You Understand Hurricanes and Climate Change

What’s the recipe for hurricane formation, and how is the behavior of these storms changing as Earth’s long-term warming trend continues? NASA research answers these questions to help you understand how excess heat in Earth’s oceans is changing the way hurricanes form and evolve.

NASA Scientists Available for 2022 Hurricane Season Interviews

The Atlantic Ocean hurricane season begins today, June 1, and runs through Nov. 30 and NASA is once again prepared to help understand and monitor storms from its unique vantage point of space.

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.

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.

Persistent Dust Storms Batter Iraq

At least eight major events have darkened skies and sickened people in the past six weeks.

Join NASA's Earth Day Event

Join us in person or virtually. Registration is open for virtual events.

Every Day is Earth Day at the NASA Center for Climate Simulation

The theme of Earth Day 2022 is “Investing in Earth.” A significant investment in understanding Earth has already been made with the creation of the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in 1990, where every day is Earth Day.

NASA Celebrates Earth Day with Every #NASAEarthling

NASA’s space exploration continues to inspire us to be better stewards of our planet and Earth Day is a great time to celebrate what we’ve done and can do to keep Earth everyone’s favorite planet in the universe.

NASA Finds New Way to Monitor Underground Water Loss

Scientists have produced a new method that holds the promise of improving groundwater management – critical to both life and agriculture in dry regions.

NASA Invites Media to 59th Annual Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium

Media are invited to meet leaders in space exploration at the 59th annual Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium, taking place on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park, from March 23 to 25. Attendees also have the option to watch the symposium online.

NASA to Share Tools, Resources at Upcoming Agriculture Conference

NASA will participate in the 2022 Commodity Classic conference, America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused educational and agricultural experience.

Floods Swamp Eastern Australia

Several days of torrential rains have inundated coastal towns in Queensland and New South Wales

NASA Develops Technology to Dissect the Lower Atmosphere

Studying the lower atmosphere from space is a NASA priority, but there are significant challenges.

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