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NASA’s 2021 Virtual Earth Day Event – Online, April 21–24

NASA’s 2021 Virtual Earth Day Event – Online, April 21–24 You’re invited to NASA’s 2021 Virtual Earth Day Event, held April 21-24. Registration is FREE and open to the public!

Pacaya Heats Up

Lava flows from the persistent Guatemalan volcano are approaching some nearby villages.

What a Glacial River Reveals About the Greenland Ice Sheet

With data from a 2016 expedition, scientists supported by NASA are shedding more light into the complex processes under the Greenland Ice Sheet that control how fast its glaciers slide toward the ocean and contribute to sea level rise.

Dry Ice: How Expanding Antarctic Sea Ice is Drying the Atmosphere Over the Southern Ocean

Evaporation plays an important role in the global water and energy cycles and therefore in climate change. AIRS data were used in a study to help quantify evaporation over the Southern Ocean, where the Antarctic sea ice coverage has a large annual cycle.

Drought Conditions Continue in Spring 2021

The western United States is currently experiencing moderate to severe drought, and it is expected to worsen in upcoming months.

NASA Finds 2021 Arctic Winter Sea Ice Tied for 7th-Lowest on Record

Sea ice in the Arctic appears to have hit its annual maximum extent after growing through the fall and winter. This year's maximum extent peaked at 5.70 million square miles, making it the seventh-smallest on record and tied with 2007.

NASA's GLOBE Program Celebrates 25 Years

GLOBE, now celebrating its 25th anniversary, is an international program that not only engages students and interested members of the public in hands-on science, but gives them the opportunity to contribute their observations to a collective database used by other students, scientists and researchers.

Direct Observations Confirm that Humans are Throwing Earth's Energy Budget off Balance

Earth is on a budget – an energy budget. Our planet is constantly trying to balance the flow of energy in and out of Earth's system. But human activities are throwing that off balance, causing our planet to warm in response.

Historic Floods in New South Wales

Persistent heavy rain raised rivers to levels not seen since 1961.

Volcanic Eruption Lights Up Iceland

In an eruption not far from Reykjavik, lava poured from spatter cones along a new fissure on Reykjanes peninsula.

Landsat Satellite Data Warns of Harmful Algal Blooms

From the vantage point of space, satellites, including the NASA and USGS's Landsat 8, can help scientists identify lakes where harmful algal blooms have formed.

Patterns Around Leizhou Peninsula

Tides, currents, and human activity combine to produce art-like patterns in the waters off China’s southern province of Guangdong.

NASA Joins White House National Climate Task Force

NASA has joined the National Climate Task Force, which is outlined in an executive order issued by President Joe Biden.

Early Season Dust Storm Hits Beijing

Meteorological spring is just getting underway, and already an enormous plume of sand and dust has blanketed northern China.

Reduced Fires Lead to Some Air Quality Improvements in Africa

Changes in fire patterns have led to seasonal reductions in nitrogen dioxide pollution.

Torrential Rains Drench Hawaii

Flash floods, landslides, and power outages plagued the islands after torrential rains fell.

New NASA Landslide Mapping System Running at NCCS

Empowered by NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) high-performance computing resources, a new open-source landslide mapping system is enabling swift landslide detection and information sharing with emergency response agencies.

Ten Years After the Tsunami

One of the hardest hit coastal cities in Japan is still working to recover.

Economics of Nature: Mapping Liberia's Ecosystems to Understand Their Value

Data collected by Liberian scientists and the Conservation International team, as well as data from NASA satellites, will be used by the Liberian government and the global non-profit Conservation International to factor the country's natural resources and ecosystems into its economic planning.

NASA Data Powers New USDA Soil Moisture Portal

Farmers, researchers, meteorologists and others now have access to high-resolution NASA data on soil moisture, thanks to a new tool developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)'s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) in collaboration with NASA and George Mason University.

NASA Scientists Complete 1st Global Survey of Freshwater Fluctuation

To investigate humans’ impact on freshwater resources, scientists have now conducted the first global accounting of fluctuating water levels in Earth’s lakes and reservoirs – including ones previously too small to measure from space.

Suspended Observations: NASA Aeropods Win Industry Recognition

Aerodynamically stable and designed to hang from a kite string, Aeropods offer a low-cost, low-risk, opportunity for scientists and students to gather imagery and atmospheric data from an aerial perspective.

Breakup at Brunt

A large iceberg finally split from the Antarctic ice shelf, but another piece stubbornly hangs on.

NASA, LAPAN Launch Ozonesonde From Indonesian Site for 1st Time in 8 Years

On Jan. 27, scientists on an island in Indonesia launched a weather balloon carrying an ozonesonde – an instrument that measures ozone throughout the layers of Earth's atmosphere. This was the first ozonesonde launch at the site since 2013.

NASA Study Finds Reduced African Grassland Fires Contribute to Short-lived Air Quality Improvements

NASA researchers have found a small but unexpected decrease in air pollution over some parts of Africa despite growing use of fossil fuels in many countries due to development and economic growth.

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