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Soggy 2018 for the Eastern U.S.

See where shallow groundwater has responded to the unusually wet conditions this year.

NASA Brings its Science and Supercomputing Advances to SC18

From designing rocket launch pad components and safer rotorcraft to improving flood and drought forecasts to modeling the formation of planetary disks, NASA will highlight supercomputing advances at SC18, the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, Nov. 12 to 15 in Dallas.

Smart Phones Bring Smart Irrigation

A project using NASA satellite data helps reduce overwatering and enhances crop yields for Pakistani farmers.

Remotely Sensing Crop Prices

Economists are using satellite data to help make more accurate price predictions of important crops.

A Flood for the Century in India

Abnormally heavy monsoon rains drenched southwestern India, leading to the worst flooding in Kerala since 1924.

Scientists Deploy Damage Assessment Tool in Laos Relief Efforts

The July 23 failure of the Xepian-Xe Nam Noy hydropower dam unleashed more than 130 billion gallons of water on rural villages in southern Laos, in Southeast Asia.

A Mid-winter Drought in Australia

Eastern Australia has been hit particularly hard by drought, taking a toll on the region’s soil moisture and agriculture.

NASA Goddard’s Science Jamboree Connects Disciplines and Interns

The Goddard Science Jamboree provides an opportunity for interns and senior scientists alike to learn more about the science happening in other disciplines in one room.

Emilia (Eastern Pacific Ocean)

NASA infrared data reveals Tropical Storm Emilia is strengthening.

NASA Soil Moisture Data Advances Global Crop Forecasts

A new NASA satellite tool is now being used in the effort to identify agricultural areas suffering from droughts or floods, even in remote regions far from rain gauges or weather stations.

Twin Spacecraft Launch to Track Earth’s Water Movement

A U.S./German space mission to track the change of mass of the ice sheets, the change in ground water, and mass change in the solid Earth successfully launched at 12:47 p.m. PDT Tuesday May 22, 2018

NASA Satellites Reveal Major Shifts in Global Freshwater

In a first-of-its-kind study, scientists have combined an array of NASA satellite observations of Earth with data on human activities to map locations where freshwater is changing around the globe and to determine why.

NASA Scientist to Discuss 'Mapping the Blue Marble: Using Space-Based Observations for Improved Global Water Security and Sustainability' at Library of Congress Lecture

The public is invited to a free talk called 'Mapping the Blue Marble: Using Space-Based Observations for Improved Global Water Security and Sustainability,' with Dr. John Bolten.

Twin Spacecraft to Weigh in on Earth's Changing Water

A pair of new spacecraft that will observe our planet’s ever-changing water cycle, ice sheets, and crust is in final preparations for a California launch no earlier than Saturday, May 19.

2020 Decadal Survey Missions: At a Glance

Any telescope that reaches the launch pad in the 2030s likely will look much different than the concepts four teams are currently studying to inform the 2020 Decadal Survey for Astrophysics, but the studies do offer a roadmap.

NASA Teams Study the Agency’s Future in Astrophysics; Tackle Formidable Technology Challenges

As in past decades, the agency won’t make that decision in a vacuum or without understanding the technical obstacles, which are formidable.

New NASA Model Finds Landslide Threats in Near Real-Time During Heavy Rains

NASA developed a new system that provides near real-time estimate of potential landslide activity in the tropics and middle latitudes.

Record Low Snowpack in Afghanistan

In a reversal from abundant snow conditions in February 2017, the snowpack in Afghanistan in February 2018 was the lowest detected for the month since 2001.

Celebrating 60 Years of Groundbreaking U.S. Space Science

Sixty years ago, the U.S. launched Explorer 1, rocketing into the Space Age.

Explorer 1: The Beginning of American Space Science

Sixty years ago, the hopes of Cold War America soared into the night sky as a rocket lofted skyward above Cape Canaveral, a soon-to-be-famous barrier island off the Florida coast.

NASA Goddard Year in Review - 2017

A look back at 2017 at NASA Goddard.

From Microscopic to Multicellular: Six Stories of Life that NASA Sees from Space

Scientists have use satellites to understand how life flourishes and fades on our planet. These selected visual stories of bacteria, plants, land animals, sea creatures and birds show what a view from space can reveal.

Prolific Earth Gravity Satellites End Science Mission

After more than 15 productive years in orbit, the U.S./German GRACE (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment) satellite mission has ended science operations.

Using NASA Satellite Data to Predict Malaria Outbreaks

Researchers are turning to data from NASA's fleet of Earth-observing satellites to develop a system that uses satellite and other data to help forecast and prevent Malaria outbreaks.

UPDATED: Harvey (was 09 - Atlantic Ocean)

NASA has a lot of resources providing information on Tropical Storm Harvey as it continues to drop tremendous, flooding rainfall on Texas and Louisiana.
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