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Record IDP area mapping by UNOSAT

20 July 2017

UNOSAT recently undertook the analysis of the largest area in its IDPs mapping histoy. This endeavor started in November 2016 in response to requests from partners such as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to support critical humanitarian response, and led to the scrutiny of some 11,500 square kilometers of Syrian lands.

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Massive iceberg breaks off from Antarctica

19 July 2017

In early July 2017, a massive section of ice split off from Antarctica's Larsen C ice shelf. This was captured by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) aboard the NOAA/NASA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) satellite.

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The data behind the search for MH370

19 July 2017

Geoscience Australia is today releasing the sea floor mapping data collected during the first phase of the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

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New study shows the Amazon makes its own rainy season

17 July 2017

A new study gives the first observational evidence that the southern Amazon rainforest triggers its own rainy season using water vapour from plant leaves. The finding helps explain why deforestation in this region is linked with reduced rainfall.

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New research uses satellites to predict end of volcanic eruptions

13 July 2017

Researchers from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) recently discovered that infrared satellite data could be used to predict when lava flow-forming eruptions will end.

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Massive iceberg breaks off from Antarctica

12 July 2017

An iceberg about the size of the state of Delaware split off from Antarctica's Larsen C ice shelf sometime between 10 and 12 July. The calving of the massive new iceberg was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer on NASA's Aqua satellite, and confirmed by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite instrument on the joint NASA/NOAA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi-NPP) satellite. The final breakage was first reported by Project Midas, an Antarctic research project based in the United Kingdom.

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Winds trigger pond growth

07 July 2017

Wind is a force to be reckoned with. It can stir up monsoons, carry dust thousands of miles, and sculpt rock into sinuous arches. But sometimes, the effects of wind go unnoticed for years, like when it carves away slowly at the edges of a pond.

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Giant iceberg in the making

05 July 2017

All eyes are on Antarctica's Larsen C ice shelf as a deep crack continues to cut across the ice, leaving a huge chunk clinging on.

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Can satellites be used as an early warning system for landslides?

03 July 2017

Researchers are working hard to use satellite data to accurately map the movement of the earth before a landslide in a bid to develop a life-saving early warning system.

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NASA detects drop in global fires

29 June 2017

Shifting livelihoods across the tropical forest frontiers of South America, the Eurasian Steppe, and the savannas of Africa are altering landscapes and leading to a significant decline in the amount of land burned by fire each year, a trend that NASA satellites have detected from space.

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Pandora measures fire fumes over Rome

28 June 2017

While a fire at a rubbish depot was detected from space by the Copernicus Sentinel-3A and ESA's Proba-V satellites, pollutants in the plume of thick smoke were measured by instruments that will be used to validate information from the upcoming Sentinel-5 Precursor mission.

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Lightning sparking more boreal forest fires

26 June 2017

A new NASA-funded study finds that lightning storms were the main driver of recent massive fire years in Alaska and northern Canada, and that these storms are likely to move farther north with climate warming, potentially altering northern landscapes.

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Sentinel satellites observe lignite mine landslide

23 June 2017

Identifying landslides rapidly and precisely enables a better understanding of landslide triggering conditions. The Copernicus Sentinel-1 and -2 missions can be used to provide such information in a timely fashion, and this can help improve maps that show which areas are susceptible to landslides, therefore contributing to risk management.

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Satellite data to help map endangered monkey populations on Earth

22 June 2017

Universities of Leicester and East Anglia lead research to identify biodiversity through satellite data.

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Scientists solve mystery of unexplained "bright nights"

21 June 2017

Dating back to the first century, scientists, philosophers and reporters have noted the occasional occurrence of "bright nights," when an unexplained glow in the night sky lets observers see distant mountains, read a newspaper or check their watch.

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Bangladesh's heavy rainfall examined with NASA’s IMERG

16 June 2017

At least 156 people in Bangladesh were killed during the past week by landslides and floods caused by heavy rainfall. NASA calculated the amount of rain that has fallen using data from satellites.

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Satellites forewarn of locust plagues

13 June 2017

Satellites are helping to predict favourable conditions for desert locusts to swarm, which poses a threat to agricultural production and, subsequently, livelihoods and food security.

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NASA data suggest future may be rainier than expected

09 June 2017

A new study suggests that most global climate models may underestimate the amount of rain that will fall in Earth's tropical regions as our planet continues to warm.

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How "whistling" plasma waves shape Earth's radiation belts

02 June 2017

The Van Allen radiation belts surrounding Earth shrink and swell due to plasma waves moving through them, an analysis of satellite data suggests.

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New light on the future of a key Antarctic glacier

31 May 2017

Study Shows Thwaites Glacier's Ice Loss May Not Progress as Quickly as Thought.

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