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The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) with support from NASA have initiated activities for SERVIR-Amazonia, a five-year effort that will use NASA's unique observations of Earth to address environmental and development challenges in the Amazon Basin.
13 March 2019
On 9 March heavy rains caused flooding along the coast of Mozambique with the cities of Beira and Quelimane hit the hardest. According to the UN Resident Coordinator for Mozambique as of 10 March, ten deaths have been reported and approximately 63,000 people were affected by the disaster. These areas may suffer further flooding as the impending Tropical Storm Idai could cause strong winds, heavy rain and storm surge. The storm is forecast to reach the coast between 14 and 15 March and bring 90mm of rain within 24 hours and maximum sustained winds of 200-210 km/h. To meet this threat, a national joint operations centre has been established to distribute information to all relevant stakeholders and the inhabitants of Mozambique.
08 March 2019
The Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) has recently signed a new partnership with leading weather forecast visualisation service, Windy. The partnership will deliver worldwide air quality information through Windy's highly popular web and smartphone application.
07 March 2019
Ground subsidence is the sinking or settling of the ground that can occur due to various factors, for example, from the settlement of native low-density soils, or from the collapsing of natural or man-made underground voids. Subsidence is usually a slow gradual process as sags or depressions form on the ground surface. However, in some cases, it can create serious hazards and accidents can occur with no visible warning as sinkholes can open and swallow any structure that happens to be on top.
The Digital Earth Africa (DE Africa) program will build the world's largest operational platform for accessing and analyzing decades of satellite imagery specific to Africa's land and seas. DE Africa will translate data from the world's free Earth observation satellites into ready-to-use insights about the continent's environmental conditions. Such insights will enable African governments, NGOs, businesses, and individuals to make more informed decisions about soil and coastal erosion, agriculture, deforestation, desertification, water quality and changes in human settlements.
01 March 2019
Wetlands support millions of people around Africa. They include all areas that are permanently or frequently covered by water, and could be at the edge of a lake or the mouth of a river.
28 February 2019
The 2015-2016 El Niño event brought weather conditions that triggered regional disease outbreaks throughout the world, according to a new NASA study that is the first to comprehensively assess the public health impacts of the major climate event on a global scale.
28 February 2019
The Manaro Voui volcano on the island of Ambae in the nation of Vanuatu in the South Pacific Ocean made the 2018 record books. A NASA-NOAA satellite confirmed Manaro Voui had the largest eruption of sulphur dioxide that year.
Maxar Technologies' MDA Aids Preservation of Indonesian Rainforest with its RADARSAT-2-Powered Forest Alert Service
26 February 2019
MDA, a Maxar Technologies company (NYSE: MAXR) (TSX: MAXR), today announced that its Forest Alert Service (FAS) space-based capabilities have enabled Asia Pulp & Paper's (APP) pulpwood suppliers to more strategically monitor forest cover loss in conservation areas and meet their commitment to stakeholders that conservation forest areas were not cleared in connection with the production of their products.
22 February 2019
Airbus Defence and Space has released a brand new version of The OneAtlas Platform, its unique collaborative environment to easily access premium imagery, perform large-scale image processing, extract industry-specific insights and benefit from Airbus assets for solution development.
Post Matthew Damage Assessment and Monitoring of Recovery Activities and rural areas in the South Region of Haiti
21 February 2019
On 4 October 2016, the Category 4 Hurricane Matthew ravaged the southern region of Haiti causing widespread damage with wind speeds as high as 230 km/h and torrential rain. In some areas it was reported that more than 95% of buildings as well as trees and agriculture were almost completely destroyed.
20 February 2019
Swirling white clouds, deep blue oceans and multicolored landscapes bring to life the pages of NASA's new 168-page book "Earth," a collection of dramatic images captured by Earth-observing satellites. The book is available now in hardcover and ebook, and online with interactive features.
19 February 2019
The globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for January 2019 tied with 2007 as the third highest for the month of January in the NOAA global temperature record, which dates back to 1880.
15 February 2019
In a finding that has implications for how scientists calculate natural greenhouse gas emissions, a new study finds that water levels in small lakes across northern Canada and Alaska vary during the summer much more than was assumed.
14 February 2019
A team of scientists, led by the University of Bristol, has used satellite technology provided by the European Space Agency (ESA) to uncover why the Agung volcano in Bali erupted in November 2017 after 50 years of dormancy.
11 February 2019
The world is literally a greener place than it was 20 years ago, and data from NASA satellites has revealed a counterintuitive source for much of this new foliage: China and India. A new study shows that the two emerging countries with the world's biggest populations are leading the increase in greening on land. The effect stems mainly from ambitious tree planting programs in China and intensive agriculture in both countries.
11 February 2019
A NASA glaciologist has discovered a possible second impact crater buried under more than a mile of ice in northwest Greenland.
08 February 2019
Looking up towards the stars at night, the sky can give the impression of being empty and infinite. In reality, space is getting more and more crowded every day.
Located in the western Alps, between the Aosta Valley and Piedmont regions, the Gran Paradiso National Park is home to the original surviving Alpine ibex, chamois, mountain hares, weasels, marmots, foxes and many bird species, such as white ptarmigans and eagles—monitoring its grasslands with satellite data is helping to preserve them.
Earth's global surface temperatures in 2018 were the fourth warmest since 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
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