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Joint NASA, CNES Water-Tracking Satellite Reveals First Stunning Views

The international Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission – led by NASA and the French space agency Centre National d’Études Spatiales (CNES) – has sent back some of its first glimpses of water on the planet’s surface, showing ocean currents like the Gulf Stream in unprecedented detail.

Warming Makes Droughts, Extreme Wet Events More Frequent, Intense

Scientists have predicted that droughts, floods will become more frequent and severe as our planet warms and climate changes, but measuring this on regional scales has proven difficult.

Floods Swamp Australia’s Northern Territory

Days of rain have swollen rivers and lakes in the sparsely populated territory.

Flooded Rice Fields in Louisiana

The low-lying alluvial plain of the Mississippi River Valley is home to much of the nation’s rice farms.

Landslides in São Paulo, Brazil

After torrential rains, satellite images revealed widespread landslides in the Brazilian state’s coastal municipality of São Sebastião.

Flooding Along the Orontes River

Some towns and farmland were flooded after powerful earthquakes and heavy rains struck areas of Türkiye and Syria.

Landslides in Türkiye

Scientists are using satellite images to locate landslides following the powerful earthquakes that struck in early February.

Peyman Abbaszadeh: Hydrology and Hope for the Future

Peyman Abbaszadeh works with researchers around the world to model and estimate the ways in which water flows above and below the surface of the Earth.

NASA Scientists Help with Turkey, Syria Earthquake Response

NASA’s Earth Applied Sciences Disasters program area is coordinating with stakeholders, providing maps, data and scientific expertise to aid ongoing response efforts and risk assessments.

Reservoirs Rise, but Groundwater Woes Remain

The water delivered by winter storms in 2022-2023 is likely insufficient to reverse the longer-term depletion of California’s groundwater.

Cheneso Floods Madagascar

Heavy rain from the tropical cyclone triggered flash floods and landslides along the island nation’s northwestern coast.

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.

Shrinking Lake Abert

As the lake in southern Oregon dries up, the remaining water is becoming too salty to support key food sources for birds.

Floodwater Reaches Australia’s Channel Country

After several weeks of heavy rainfall in northern Queensland, the water has worked its way south.

Storms Soak California

Unrelenting storms have inundated the state, delivering soil-saturating rain.

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.

SWOT Launches on Mission to Study Earth's Water

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches with the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) spacecraft onboard, Friday, Dec. 16, 2022, from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.

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.

Latest International Water Satellite Packs an Engineering Punch

Set for a Thursday, Dec. 15 launch, the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite promises to provide an extraordinary accounting of water over much of Earth’s surface.

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.

Water Mission to Gauge Alaskan Rivers on Front Lines of Climate Change

While Alaska straddles the Arctic Circle and is covered by vast expanses of frozen land, the state also has a lot of liquid water. In fact, Alaska holds about 40% of U.S. surface water resources.

NASA Satellite Precipitation Data Joins the Air Force

For the first time, the Air Force meteorology unit has integrated the Integrated Multi-satellite Retrievals for GPM (IMERG) algorithm into its operational weather forecasts and advisories.

More Flooding in Australia’s Soggy Southeast

After an extremely wet October, storms in November 2022 have added to ongoing flooding across New South Wales and Victoria.

5 Things to Know About How SWOT Will Look at the World’s Water

On Dec. 12, NASA will launch the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite into Earth orbit from The international Surface Water and Ocean Topography mission will provide high-definition data on the salt- and fresh water on Earth’s surface.

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.

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