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Smoke Across North America

Skies turned hazy from Pittsburgh to Washington to Boston, as smoke from fires in Canada poured into the U.S. Northeast.

Media Invited to Learn About NASA Mission to Study Intense Storms

NASA is inviting media to learn more about an upcoming airborne science campaign to study intense summer thunderstorms over the central United States, which will aid scientists in their understanding of how such storms affect Earth’s atmosphere and climate change. The event will be held via WebEx at 11 a.m. EDT Tuesday, July 27.

Coastal North Queensland

Tour the Australian state’s diverse landscapes and waterscapes.

Deadly Floods Surprise Europe

Flash floods have devastated several communities in Germany, Belgium, and The Netherlands.

NASA Invites Media to Launch of Landsat 9 From West Coast

Media accreditation is open for the upcoming launch of the Landsat 9 satellite, a joint NASA and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) mission that will continue the legacy of monitoring Earth???s land and coastal regions that began with the first Landsat in 1972.

Algae Abound Along Florida Coast

Tampa Bay is teeming with Karenia brevis months before it usually blooms.

NASA Mission Explores Intense Summertime Thunderstorms

NASA and university scientists will be studying the intense summer thunderstorms over the central United States to understand their effects on Earth’s atmosphere and how it contributes to climate change.

Five Ways NASA Helps With Shark Conservation

While scientists at our partner institutions are directly focusing on shark conservation, NASA's Earth-observing satellites collect key information about sharks' habitat – the ocean.

NASA, ESA Partner in New Effort to Address Global Climate Change

NASA and ESA (European Space Agency) have formed a first-of-its-kind strategic partnership to observe Earth and its changing environment. Recognizing that climate change is an urgent global challenge, the timing is right for NASA and ESA, as partners in space, to join forces to lead and support a global response to climate change.

NASA Seeks Input to Broaden Participation in Earth Science

To enhance participation and engagement in NASA’s Earth science investigator community, NASA’s Earth Science Division is seeking feedback from faculty members, staff, and administrators of Minority Serving Institutions.

NASA Space Lasers Map Meltwater Lakes in Antarctica With Striking Precision

With the most advanced Earth-observing laser instrument NASA has ever flown in space, scientists have improved their maps of hidden lake systems under the West Antarctic ice sheet.

Fires Scorch the Sakha Republic

Large, smoky fires are raging through forests in northeastern Russia.

Study Projects a Surge in Coastal Flooding, Starting in 2030s

In the mid-2030s, every U.S. coast will experience rapidly increasing high-tide floods, when a lunar cycle will amplify rising sea levels caused by climate change.

Tropical Storm Elsa Over the Caribbean, July 4, 2021

NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP (National Polar-orbiting Partnership) satellite provided forecasters with a visible image of Tropical Storm Elsa on July 4, 2021, when it was affecting Jamaica. In the visible image captured by Suomi NPP’s Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument, Elsa appeared somewhat asymmetrical.

Blazes Rage in British Columbia

More than 40 wildfires were burning across the Canadian province by the end of June 2021, including a cluster of substantial blazes located about 200 kilometers northeast of Vancouver.

NASA Invites You to Create Landsat-Inspired Arts and Crafts

To celebrate Landsat 9's September launch, we invite you to get creative with #LandsatCraft and show us what Landsat means to you!

A Scorcher in Siberia and Europe

While record-breaking heat enveloped the Pacific Northwest in June 2021, other parts of the Northern Hemisphere also saw early-summer temperatures climb.

Assembly of Satellite to Track World’s Water Shifts From US to France

Set for launch next year, the Surface Water and Ocean Topography mission will help scientists monitor Earth’s ocean, as well as the amount of fresh water in its lakes and rivers.

Pathfinder Satellite Paves Way for Constellation of Tropical-storm Observers

To bring more data to forecasters and have a more consistent watch over Earth's tropical belt where these storms form, NASA has launched a test satellite, or pathfinder, ahead of a constellation of six weather satellites called TROPICS (Time-Resolved Observations of Precipitation structure and storm Intensity with a Constellation of Smallsats).

NASA Satellites See Upper Atmosphere Cooling and Contracting Due to Climate Change

The sky isn't falling, but scientists have found that parts of the upper atmosphere are gradually contracting in response to rising human-produced greenhouse gas emissions. Combined data from three NASA satellites have produced a long-term record that reveals the mesosphere is cooling and contracting.

Exceptional Heat Hits Pacific Northwest

In June 2021, all-time temperature records fell in multiple cities in the U.S. and Canada during a “historic and dangerous” heatwave.

NASA Maps Air Quality in Ozone Hot Spot

Scientists are flying an airborne campaign out of NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia this month to contribute to a joint U.S.-Canadian study on air quality in a region with high surface ozone levels.

Fires Rage in Arizona

Hot, dry weather has parched vegetation and turned the state into a tinderbox.

NASA Helps Map Impact of COVID-19 Lockdowns on Harmful Air Pollution

For tiny airborne-particle pollution, known as PM 2.5, researchers using NASA data found that variability from meteorology obscured the lockdown signals when observed from space.

NASA Awards Funds to Minority-Serving Institutions for Ocean Research

NASA???s Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) Ocean Biology and Biogeochemistry, or OCEAN, has awarded cooperative agreements to 10 universities for projects that will support NASA???s Science Mission Directorate in seeking a better understanding of the ocean???s role in the Earth system.

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