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Drought Hits Thailand

A severe drought in Thailand is affecting agriculture and drinking water in the region.

Extreme Rain Douses Fires, Causes Floods in Australia

A season of extremes in eastern Australia took another dramatic turn in mid-February 2020.

Climate Change Could Trigger More Landslides in High Mountain Asia

More frequent and intense rainfall events due to climate change could cause more landslides in the High Mountain Asia region of China, Tibet and Nepal, according to the first quantitative study of the link between precipitation and landslides in the region.

NASA Responds to Puerto Rico Quakes

Starting Dec. 28, 2019, Puerto Rico was shaken by a series of hundreds of small earthquakes that culminated on Jan. 7 with a powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake.

NASA Airborne Campaign Catches the Drift of Snow Water

Snow is a vital source of water for drinking, agriculture and electrical power in the western United States and other locations around the world. To know how much water will be available the following spring, water resource managers and hydrologists need to know where snow has fallen, how much there is and how is characteristics change as it melts.

Drought Threatens Millions in Southern Africa

Diminished rainfall, combined with soaring temperatures, has jeopardized the food security and energy supplies of millions of people in the region.

NASA Highlights Solar Mission, Jupiter Cyclone at AGU Meeting

NASA researchers will present new findings on a wide range of Earth and space science topics at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), Dec. 9-13 in San Francisco.

NASA Space Data Can Cut Disaster Response Times, Costs

According to a new study, emergency responders could cut costs and save time by using near-real-time satellite data along with other decision-making tools after a flooding disaster.

NASA Soil Data Joins the Air Force

SMAP satellite soil moisture measurements now increase the accuracy of Army and Air Force weather forecasts and advisories.

NASA Data Helps Assess Landslide Risk in Rohingya Refugee Camps

Camp managers and other officials overseeing Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh are incorporating NASA satellite observations into their decision making...

Two Decades of Rain, Snowfall from NASA’s Precipitation Missions

GPM and TRMM have created a 20-year data record of daily global precipitation, giving scientists an unprecedented look at events ranging from daily patterns, to disasters, to long-term trends over large areas.

Unusual Monsoon Season Causes Flooding in India

2019 has brought exceptional rain to some areas, and the monsoon is retreating later than any season in recent memory.

Ronnie Abolafia-Rosenzweig Studies the Water Cycle

Ronnie Abolafia-Rosenzweig is a NASA summer intern whose interests lie in the water cycle perhaps due to his childhood living near a river.

Drought Reveals Lost “Spanish Stonehenge”

The Dolmen de Guadalperal resurfaced after five decades underwater.

Drought Exacerbates Australian Fires

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

Floods Swamp Sudan

After a wet August, floodwaters inundated villages, pastures, and croplands.

Tawny Swirls in the Kara Sea

Freshwater from the Yenisei River, stained brown with organic materials, mixes with Arctic seawater off the coast of Russia.

Iceland’s Raging Rivers

In a country rich with compelling geologic phenomena, even the rivers are connected to the landscape of fire and ice.

Applying NASA Earth Observations to Real-World Concerns

Early career researchers in the DEVELOP program, who are tasked with using Earth science data in practical applications, presented their project results during a daylong showcase at NASA Headquarters.

Getting Saltier

As water levels drop in the Dead Sea, salt is piling up on the lakebed.

Water Cycle is Speeding Up Over Much of the U.S.

Water is everywhere on Earth, and it is a unique molecule that is critical for life. Where, when, and how it moves—the water cycle—is equally critical.

Monsoon Rains Flood South Asia

At least seven million people in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Pakistan have been displaced or had their lives disrupted by flooding in July 2019.

Citizen Scientists Find Undocumented Landslides

A new NASA project improves landslide inventories with data from the public.

A Drier Future Sets the Stage for More Wildfires

NASA eye on Earth's freshwater includes its absence, and understanding how drought conditions set the stage for fires.

A Longer Dry Season in the Congo Rainforest

The summer dry season has lengthened by about 10 days per decade within rainforest boundaries.
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