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Unexpected Future Boost of Methane Possible from Arctic Permafrost

New NASA-funded research has discovered that permafrost's expected gradual thawing and the associated release of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere may actually be sped up by a process called abrupt thawing.

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.

The Northwest is Running Hot and Dry

In August 2018, temperature records fell in the northwestern United States.

Soulik (Northwestern Pacific)

When NASA's Aqua satellite passed over recently developed Tropical Storm Soulik in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean it analyzed temperatures in the storm.

Smoke Blankets British Columbia

Hundreds of fires are burning in the Canadian province.

Ernesto - Formerly TD5 (Atlantic Ocean)

The fifth tropical cyclone of the North Atlantic Ocean season formed on Aug. 15, as NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite flew overhead.

Lane - Formerly 14E (Eastern Pacific)

Tropical Depression 14E formed far from land and poses no threat to land areas.

Rumbia (NW Pacific Ocean)

Tropical Depression Rumbia, the twenty-first tropical cyclone of the Northwestern Pacific Ocean season formed on Aug. 15, as NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite flew overhead.

NASA Team Demonstrates “Science on a Shoestring” with Greenhouse Gas-Measuring Instrument

A novel instrument that has already proven its mettle on field campaigns will attempt to measure atmospheric greenhouse gases from an occultation-viewing, low-Earth-orbiting CubeSat mission called Mini-Carb early next year — marking the first time this type of instrument has flown in space.

Mendocino Complex Still Grows Larger

The Mendocino Complex fire is now entering its 19th day and still the complex grows in size. Today the fire is 354,410 acres and 68% contained.

Carbon Monoxide from California Wildfires Drifts East

California is being plagued by massive wildfires, and the effects on air quality from those fires can extend far beyond the state's borders.

The Abyss of Time

On a boat at a rocky promontory in Scotland, farmer James Hutton made an argument that changed our understanding of Earth’s age and helped establish the science of geology.

NASA's IMERG Estimates Heavy Rainfall Over the Eastern U.S.

NASA added up that rainfall using satellite data and a program called IMERG to provide a look at the amount of rainfall along the eastern U.S.

Mendocino Complex Fire Shrouds California in Smoke

The largest fire in California's history, the Mendocino Complex, is still spewing clouds of smoke across the state.

Bebinca (South China Sea)

Tropical Storm Bebinca formed quickly in the northern part of the South China Sea.

Leepi (Northwest Pacific Ocean)

NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite caught up with Typhoon Leepi in the open waters of the Northwestern Pacific Ocean.

The Most Erosive Area on the Padma

As the shape of river changes over decades, the upper reaches show the most change, particularly with widening and meandering bends.

Winter in the Andes

Every austral winter in the central Andes, fresh snowfall covers and fills the gaps between mountaintops that have more permanent snow and ice.

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.

Smoke Plumes Tower Over California

Several fires are spreading noxious gases and particles across the state—and to a lesser degree much of the country.

Expedition Probes Ocean’s Smallest Organisms for Climate Answers

In August a team of scientists is sailing 200 miles to the northeastern Pacific Ocean with advanced robotics and other instruments on a month-long quest to investigate plankton and their impact on the carbon cycle.

NASA's Aqua Captures Mendocino Complex Blanket of Smoke

Details of the actual fire as well as the ground are obscured in NASA's Aqua satellite image due to the heavy smoke coming off the Mendocino Complex fires as well as several other extremely large fires across California.

Record Warm Waters off Southern California

A layer of exceptionally warm surface water extended from Point Conception to the Baja California coast.

A NASA Story of Science and Friendship

Piers Sellers was an accomplished NASA astronaut and scientist. After battling pancreatic cancer, Piers passed away in 2016. He is dearly missed by the entire NASA community...

Yagi (Northwest Pacific Ocean)

Tropical Storm Yagi was experiencing wind shear when NASA's Terra satellite passed over the Northwestern Pacific Ocean and analyzed the storm.
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