Eruption at La Soufrière
Image of the Day Apr 14, 2021

Eruption at La Soufrière

Explosive activity has propelled ash and gas high into the air over the Caribbean islands of Saint Vincent and Barbados.
Seroja Slams Australia
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Seroja Slams Australia

The category three cyclone made a rare landfall in Western Australia, causing significant damage to coastal towns.

Published Apr 12, 2021

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Hiding in Plain Sight
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Hiding in Plain Sight

Springtime ocean conditions promote North Atlantic blooms, but you wouldn't know that from looking with human eyes.

Published Apr 12, 2021

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Western Lake Trio
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Western Lake Trio

An astronaut captured this view of three basins—Tahoe, Walker, and Mono—straddling two different climates.

Published Apr 11, 2021

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Venezuela’s Sandy Peninsula
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Venezuela’s Sandy Peninsula

The Paraguaná Peninsula is rich with sandy beaches and interesting topography.

Published Apr 10, 2021

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Preparing for Rising Seas in the Maldives
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Preparing for Rising Seas in the Maldives

A new artificial island near Malé could be a destination for people trying to escape rising waters on lower-lying islands.

Published Apr 9, 2021

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Zambia’s Kafue Flats
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Zambia’s Kafue Flats

Annual floods play an important role in the floodplain’s ecosystem, even as the water’s highs and lows have been moderated in recent decades.

Published Apr 8, 2021

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Pacaya Heats Up
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Pacaya Heats Up

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

Published Apr 6, 2021

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Building Up the Yellow River Delta
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Building Up the Yellow River Delta

As sea level rises and the amount of sediment carried by the Yellow River declines, one of the world’s fastest changing deltas has seen rapid development.

Published Apr 6, 2021

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Season of Change in the Labrador Sea
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Season of Change in the Labrador Sea

The high-latitude region displays a beautiful palette of textures as the atmosphere interacts with the ice and water.

Published Apr 5, 2021

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Two Volcanic Peaks that are Far from Twins
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Two Volcanic Peaks that are Far from Twins

The active Colima and extinct Nevado de Colima are both andesitic stratovolcanoes in the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt.

Published Apr 4, 2021

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A Thousand Islands in South Korea
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A Thousand Islands in South Korea

From expansive tidal flats to purple-painted towns, southwestern South Korea features unique ecosystems for salt production, wildlife, and tourists.

Published Apr 3, 2021

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Net Primary Productivity
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Nov 2016

Net Primary Productivity

These maps show the ‘metabolism” of Earth’s plants and trees. Net primary productivity is the difference between the amount of carbon dioxide absorbed during photosynthesis minus the amount released by respiration.

Land Life

Shrimp Farms Spread in Sinaloa
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Shrimp Farms Spread in Sinaloa

The coastal state is one of the largest shrimp farming regions in Mexico.

Published Apr 2, 2021

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How to Interpret a Satellite Image: Five Tips and Strategies
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How to Interpret a Satellite Image: Five Tips and Strategies

What do you do when presented with a new satellite image? Here's what the Earth Observatory team does to understand the view.

Published Nov 18, 2013

Remote Sensing

Landsat: Continuing the Legacy
Earth Matters

Landsat: Continuing the Legacy

A new video series offers a look at the satellite program that changed how we look at Earth.

Published Apr 1, 2021 in Earth Matters

Land

Sea Surface Temperature Anomaly
Global Maps Jun 2002 — Sep 2011

Sea Surface Temperature Anomaly

These maps depict how much hotter or cooler an ocean basin was compared to the long-term average. Temperature anomalies can indicate changes in ocean circulation or the arrival of patterns like El Niño and La Niña.

Heat Water

Drought Conditions Continue in Spring 2021
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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.

Published Apr 1, 2021

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Does COVID-19 Have Seasons? An Update with Ben Zaitchik
Earth Matters

Does COVID-19 Have Seasons? An Update with Ben Zaitchik

A new report explores whether seasonal weather conditions play a role in influencing the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Published Mar 22, 2021 in Earth Matters

Agricultural Monitoring Gets GLAMorized
Notes from the Field

Agricultural Monitoring Gets GLAMorized

The web-based platform for tracking crop conditions during the growing season is now faster and more flexible.

Published Mar 19, 2021 in Notes From the Field

Land

Blue Marble Next Generation
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Blue Marble Next Generation

12 months of high-resolution global true color satellite imagery.

Published Oct 13, 2005

Atmosphere Land Water Snow and Ice

Picturing Earth: Astronaut Photography In Focus
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Picturing Earth: Astronaut Photography In Focus

For 20 years, astronauts have been shooting photos of Earth from the space station. Like everything the astronauts do, they are trained for this job. And like everything they do, there is purpose and intention behind it.

Published Feb 8, 2021

Human Presence Remote Sensing Videos

Picturing Earth: Behind the Scenes
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Picturing Earth: Behind the Scenes

From their perch on the space station, astronauts have spent 20 years sharing a story about Earth as they see it from above. Like the directors of a film, those astronaut storytellers have a crew working behind the scenes to help them tell the story. Meet the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit.

Published Dec 1, 2020

Human Presence Remote Sensing Videos

Carbon Monoxide
Global Maps Mar 2000 — Feb 2017

Carbon Monoxide

When fuels such as coal, wood, and oil burn incompletely, they produce carbon monoxide. The gas is spread by winds and circulation. These maps show monthly averages of CO in the lower atmosphere.

Atmosphere

Net Radiation
Global Maps Jul 2006 — Jul 2020

Net Radiation

Net radiation is the balance between incoming and outgoing energy at the top of the atmosphere. It is the total energy available to influence climate after light and heat are reflected, absorbed, or emitted by clouds and land.

Heat

Earth at Night
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Earth at Night

Satellite images of Earth at night have been a curiosity for the public and a tool of fundamental research for at least 25 years. They have provided a broad, beautiful picture, showing how humans have shaped the planet and lit up the darkness.

Published Apr 12, 2017

Atmosphere Land Human Presence Remote Sensing

Picturing Earth: Window On The World
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Picturing Earth: Window On The World

From their home on the International Space Station, astronauts have a view unlike anything most of us will ever see. Over 20 years, they have shot millions of photographs of Earth, and it is not just a hobby. It is an important scientific job, and one they need to be trained to do. Learn more about the challenges of watching Earth from above.

Published Nov 2, 2020

Human Presence Remote Sensing Videos

Could COVID-19 Have Seasons? Searching for Signals in Earth Data
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Could COVID-19 Have Seasons? Searching for Signals in Earth Data

A race is on to figure out whether COVID-19 will wax and wane with the seasons. Atmospheric and hydrologic models produced by NASA and other institutions may be key to that research.

Published Jul 14, 2020

Atmosphere Life Human Presence Remote Sensing

Mission: Biomes
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Mission: Biomes

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in a different part of the world? What would the weather be like? What kinds of animals would you see? Which plants live there? By investigating these questions, you are learning about biomes.

Published Aug 28, 2020

Land Life

Of Mosquitoes and Models: Tracking Disease by Satellite
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Of Mosquitoes and Models: Tracking Disease by Satellite

A few decades ago, the idea of predicting a disease outbreak via satellite was science fiction. But today, researchers can use environmental data to predict when and where some diseases are likely to spread.

Published Jul 9, 2020

Life Human Presence Remote Sensing

Land Surface Temperature
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Feb 2021

Land Surface Temperature

Land surface temperatures rise and fall with the heat of the Sun, and they represent how hot or cold the surface would feel to touch. These maps show daytime land temperatures as measured from space.

Heat Land

Total Rainfall
Global Maps Jan 1998 — Aug 2016

Total Rainfall

These maps depict monthly total rainfall around the world. Rainfall is the primary source of fresh water for humans, plants, and animals. Rain also moves heat between the atmosphere, oceans, and land.

Atmosphere