Research and Application News
05 October 2018
A 7.5-magnitude earthquake on 28 September in northern Indonesia and the devastating tsunami that followed it killed more than 1,400 people and left a large trail of destruction.
04 October 2018
Using satellites, we can monitor changes and promote the responsible use of land and natural resources to protect our ecosystems. Earth's ecosystems are essential to life as we know it, contributing to some of our most basic needs like water, food and clean air.
04 October 2018
Two days before Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the NASA/JAXA Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory satellite captured a 3D view of the 2017 storm. At the time Maria was a category 1 hurricane. The 3-D view reveals the processes inside the hurricane that would fuel the storm's intensification to a category 5 storm within 24 hours.
27 September 2018
Arctic sea ice has likely reached its minimum extent for the year, at 4.59 million square kilometers (1.77 million square miles) on 19 and 23 September, according to scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado Boulder. The 2018 minimum ties with 2008 and 2010 as the sixth lowest in the nearly 40-year satellite record. 23 September is the latest day in the year the Arctic sea minimum has occurred in the satellite record—observed this year and in 1997.
24 September 2018
Satellite data will be used in a UK project to pinpoint areas where energy efficiency measures are most needed in order to combat fuel poverty and carbon emissions.
18 September 2018
Images from space and computer wizardry help Highways England develop a ground breaking approach.
15 September 2018
Making landfall in the US state of North Carolina on 14 September, Hurricane Florence is causing widespread damage and flooding. The Copernicus Sentinel-1 radar mission is being used to map affected areas.
14 September 2018
An innovative data analytics company in France is using data from the Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellites to help track crude oil storage worldwide, bringing transparency to the energy markets.
13 September 2018
At the end of August 2018, some 540 active fires were in progress in British Columbia. More than 2,000 wildfires have burned over 1.3 million hectares of land in the province this year only the second worst season in history after 2017.
10 September 2018
The French satellite system ARGOS that for 30 years has been used to track animals across the globe is getting a major overhaul and expansion.
04 September 2018
The REMA team is proud to announce the release of the Reference Elevation Model of Antarctica. REMA provides the first high resolution (8-meter), high accuracy terrain dataset of approximately 98% of the contiguous continental landmass of Antarctica extending to 88°S.
A year ago today, a tropical storm named Irma formed near the Cape Verde Islands in the eastern Atlantic Ocean. Within days, Irma morphed into a monster Category 5 hurricane, barreling across the Atlantic and causing widespread damage across the Caribbean and the Florida Keys. The storm's 5-day track forecasts were remarkably successful – in no small part thanks to improvements in weather prediction models and data from NOAA satellites.
Ocean researchers and Earth observation experts have converged on Townsville to improve satellite-derived sea surface temperature data products.
The operating conditions might be unconventional, and the means of transport is certainly far from common, but a modular aerial camera system (MACS) developed by the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) has been installed on board the POLAR 5 research aircraft of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI). Its purpose is to acquire images of the Inuvik region in Canada. The measurement campaign being conducted by the AWI seeks to investigate and acquire a better understanding of climate processes in the Arctic.
23 August 2018
The world is on fire. Or so it appears in this image from NASA's Worldview. The red points overlaid on the image designate those areas that by using thermal bands detect actively burning fires. Africa seems to have the most concentrated fires. This could be due to the fact that these are most likely agricultural fires. The location, widespread nature, and number of fires suggest that these fires were deliberately set to manage land. Farmers often use fire to return nutrients to the soil and to clear the ground of unwanted plants. While fire helps enhance crops and grasses for pasture, the fires also produce smoke that degrades air quality.
20 August 2018
Thin ribbons of purple and white light that sometimes appear in the night sky were dubbed a new type of aurora when brought to scientists' attention in 2016. But new research suggests these mysterious streams of light are not an aurora at all but an entirely new celestial phenomenon.
New NASA-funded research has discovered that Arctic permafrost's expected gradual thawing and the associated release of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere may actually be sped up by instances of a relatively little known process called abrupt thawing. Abrupt thawing takes place under a certain type of Arctic lake, known as a thermokarst lake that forms as permafrost thaws.
The 23 July 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, devastating thousands of houses and businesses and displacing more than 6,000 people.
15 August 2018
Things are looking up in a swath of forest in southern Germany, thanks to innovative funding from the European Union for a project that aims to help policymakers better understand how the forest's ecosystems work.
A new European Space Agency (ESA) project aims to allow developing countries to have greater access to powerful Earth observation tools in order to reduce risks linked to natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods or volcanic eruptions.
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