Earth Observation Mission News
Hurricane satellites reveal flooding
09 January 2019
Researchers examining data produced by small satellites launched in 2016 to track ocean winds were surprised the mission produced valuable information on soil moisture and flooding.
NASA's Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System, a constellation of eight 30-kilogram satellites built by the Southwest Research Institute and the University of Michigan, observed the Amazon River basin in far more detail than NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive mission even when SMAPs radar still worked.
Image credit: Clara Chew, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research - The Amazon River basin and its tributaries are clearly visible in this imagery from the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System