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NASA GLOBE Land Cover Challenge 2022: Land Cover in a Changing Climate

The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program invites you to take part in our upcoming Land Cover Challenge: “Land Cover in a Changing Climate.”

The photos you take using The GLOBE Program’s GLOBE Observer app document the current land cover and may also show evidence of land cover or land use change in the area. We especially encourage you to look for places you know have changed (or where you know change is coming), and put any information about the reasons or timing for that change in the field notes section. While existing land cover databases (such as the 50-year record from the Landsat satellite) may be able to indicate where change is happening, they don’t always include the reasons why those changes occurred, so any local, on-the-ground knowledge you share with us can be especially helpful.

Landslides Team Supports South Africa Flood Response

The Goddard Landslides team assisted the UN World Food Programme by analyzing satellite imagery and developing maps of potential landslide locations for April/May 2022 flood events in South Africa.

Lab Members Participate in SMAPVEX22

Abheera Hazra (617/UMD) and Brendan McAndrew (617/SSAI) participated in the SMAPVEX22 field campaign’s first intensive observing period (IOP) in western Massachusetts. During IOP #1, participants collected measurements of soil moisture, vegetation structure, and surface roughness to improve SMAP soil moisture and vegetation optical depth retrievals over forested areas. The field campaign was led by JPL in collaboration with USDA and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst Microwave Remote Sensing Laboratory. A second IOP is scheduled for July 2022.
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The Hydrological Sciences Laboratory examines the role of water in the Earth system. Laboratory researchers strive to better understand, quantify, and analyze the hydrological cycle and to measure hydrological processes in order to improve prediction of the response of global hydrology to anthropogenic and/or natural climate change.

Special emphasis is placed on land surface hydrological processes and their interactions with the atmosphere. Laboratory scientists develop remote-sensing and modeling techniques to investigate how the various components of the hydrological cycle interact over a broad range of spatial and temporal scales.

For further information, data, research, and other resources, see Hydrological Sciences Projects.

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