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NASA Spinoffs Bolster Climate Resilience, Improve Medical Care, More

The latest edition of NASA’s Spinoff publication features dozens of new commercialized technologies that use the agency’s technology, research, and/or expertise to benefit people around the globe. It also includes a section highlighting technologies of tomorrow.

NCCS Explore/ADAPT Science Cloud Enables Machine Learning-Based Crop Type and Yield Estimates in Burkina Faso, West Africa

The NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) Explore/ADAPT Science Cloud enabled NASA Goddard Space Flight Center scientists and collaborators to leverage machine learning models and satellite data to predict crop type and yields in Burkina Faso, West Africa.

Mysteries Remain About Bahama Whiting Events

Researchers used satellite imagery to reveal where and when the discolored patches of water appeared between 2003 and 2020 and found a puzzling temporary increase in events in some areas.

Kilauea Glows

After three weeks of rest, lava started flowing again on Kilauea’s summit.

Kaitoku Says Hello

Swirls of discolored water are signs of activity from the underwater volcano.

Ireland’s Cutaway Peatlands

Peatlands have been mined in Ireland for centuries, but concern for climate is changing how they are managed.

NASA’s SMCE Team Helps Scientists Develop Collaborative Cloud Computing Projects

An agile team of computer experts at NASA Goddard helps scientists collaborate and develop Open Science projects in astrophysics, Earth science, biology, and heliophysics by creating the SMCE managed cloud environment for science.

Next up to Continue NASA/USGS’s Landsat Legacy

With a trio of smaller satellites that can each detect 26 wavelengths of light and thermal energy, the Landsat Next mission is expected to look very different from its predecessors that have been observing Earth for 50 years.

Worst Drought on Record Parches Horn of Africa

The most severe drought in 70 years of record keeping threatens the Horn of Africa with famine.

Living the Lava Life on Mauna Loa

A small research station in Hawaii where analog astronauts simulate living and working on the Moon or Mars is out of harm’s way after a lava flow appeared to be headed in its direction.

NASA Press Events at 2022 Fall AGU Meeting

NASA researchers will be presenting findings on Earth and space sciences Dec.12-16 at the American Geophysical Union's 2022 Fall meeting, being held virtually and in Chicago this year.

NASA Scientists Map Global Salt Marsh Losses and Their Carbon Impact

Earth has lost 561 square miles of salt marshes over the past 20 years, according to a new NASA-led study of the first consistent global accounting of salt marsh locations and changes.

A Burst of Activity at Mount Semeru

Intense explosions at the summit sent avalanches of ash and mud racing down the southeastern flank of the Indonesian volcano.

Fires in Northwest Argentina

Forests are burning after being primed by warm temperatures and a lack of rain.

A Line of Ash from Sangay

An ongoing eruption blankets cities and farmland near the volcano with layers of ash.

From Patches to Pies, Illinois Knows Pumpk

Much of the canned pumpkin that ends up in Thanksgiving pies and soups came from Central Illinois.

Cranberry Bogs in Plymouth County

Massachusetts has a long-standing relationship with one of Thanksgiving’s iconic foods—the cranberry.

Snow Blankets Yosemite National Park

The park and surrounding areas of the Central Sierra Nevada turned white after the season’s first significant winter storm.

Seasonal Greening of the Inner Niger Delta

A burst of green overtakes the normally brown landscape of central Mali as vegetation takes advantage of the seasonal inflow of water.

Autumn Fires in Central Appalachia

Dry autumn conditions and high winds spurred numerous wildland fires in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia in November 2022.

Tornado Damage in Texas

The twister tore roofs off homes and flattened forests as winds raged to speeds of 170 miles per hour.

Flowing Free Through Albania

Though there are more than one million dams and other barriers on Europe’s rivers, little disrupts the natural flow of the Vjosa River.

Lake Torrens is a Lake Again

In October 2022, a substantial amount of water returned to this ephemeral lake in South Australia.

An Oceanic and Atmospheric Potpourri

Smoke, cloud wakes, and an abundance of phytoplankton off the coast of Chile punctuate this spring scene.

NASA Fieldwork Studies Signs of Climate Change in Arctic, Boreal Regions

In the summer of 2022, the team investigated permafrost thaw, methane emissions from lakes, and the effects of wildfires in Alaska and northwestern Canada.

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