An Entanglement of Land and Sea
Image of the Day Jun 13, 2021

An Entanglement of Land and Sea

Sediment-rich water from the interior of Madagascar meets the sea in mangrove-fringed Loza Bay.
Western Soils and Plants are Parched
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Western Soils and Plants are Parched

For the second year in a row, drought has overtaken much of the United States from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Coast.

Published Jun 11, 2021

Land Water Drought Remote Sensing Temperature Extremes

Satellite Observes Ship Fire Off Sri Lanka
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Satellite Observes Ship Fire Off Sri Lanka

NASA plays a role in providing observations and analysis of natural and technological disasters.

Published Jun 11, 2021

Image of the Day Water Human Presence

Lake Victoria’s Rising Waters
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Lake Victoria’s Rising Waters

Intense rains during the wet season for a second year in a row have caused trouble for riparian communities near Africa’s largest lake.

Published Jun 10, 2021

Image of the Day Water Remote Sensing

Dual Storms in the Andes Mountains
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Dual Storms in the Andes Mountains

A rare winter-like storm struck central Chile and Argentina in the middle of austral summer, with drastically different consequences compared to a typical winter storm.

Published Jun 9, 2021

Image of the Day Snow and Ice

Africa Sheds Some Dust
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Africa Sheds Some Dust

The millions of tons of dust lofted out of Africa each year are a visual reminder of how Earth’s systems are interconnected.

Published Jun 7, 2021

Image of the Day Atmosphere Land Dust and Haze

Russia’s Crater of Diamonds
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Russia’s Crater of Diamonds

Popigai is one of the largest and most well-preserved impact craters on Earth.

Published Jun 7, 2021

Image of the Day Land Remote Sensing

Greater Delhi
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Greater Delhi

India’s largest conurbation stretches for 70 kilometers.

Published Jun 6, 2021

Image of the Day Land Human Presence

A Swampy Home for Shoebills
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A Swampy Home for Shoebills

Zambia’s Bangweulu wetlands make ideal hunting grounds for this distinctive bird species.

Published Jun 5, 2021

Image of the Day Land Water

Aerosol Optical Depth
Global Maps Mar 2000 — Apr 2021

Aerosol Optical Depth

Airborne aerosols can cause or prevent cloud formation and harm human health. These maps depict aerosol concentrations in the air based on how the tiny particles reflect or absorb visible and infrared light.

Atmosphere

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

Monitoring the Collapse of Kelp Forests
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Monitoring the Collapse of Kelp Forests

Changing climate and a marine epidemic have combined to decimate one of Northern California’s most productive ecosystems.

Published Jun 4, 2021

Image of the Day Water Remote Sensing

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

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

Early or Late Spring Blooms? Both Affect Asthma
Earth Matters

Early or Late Spring Blooms? Both Affect Asthma

Recent research shows that changes in the onset of spring—both early and late—can lead to more severe asthma for some people.

Published Jun 3, 2021 in Earth Matters

Water

Sizing Up a Tabular Iceberg
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Sizing Up a Tabular Iceberg

The topography of Antarctic Iceberg A-76 provides insight into the strange properties of ice.

Published Jun 3, 2021

Image of the Day Water Snow and Ice Remote Sensing

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

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

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

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

Cloud Fraction
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Apr 2021

Cloud Fraction

In addition to making rain and snow, clouds can have a warming or cooling influence depending on their altitude, type, and when they form. These maps show what fraction of an area was cloudy each month.

Atmosphere

Detecting Gold Mining in Ghana
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Detecting Gold Mining in Ghana

Researchers are using satellite data to locate small mines that can cause long-term damage to forest communities and human health.

Published Jun 2, 2021

Image of the Day Land Human Presence

Arizona’s Meteor Crater
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Arizona’s Meteor Crater

The “young” and well-preserved crater helps scientists understand cratering processes on Earth and elsewhere in the solar system.

Published May 31, 2021

Image of the Day Land

Data in Harmony
Earth Matters

Data in Harmony

The Harmonized Landsat Sentinel-2 dataset combines Landsat and Sentinel-2 imagery into a seamless product.

Published May 17, 2021 in Earth Matters

Water Land

Earth — A Photo-Essay
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Earth — A Photo-Essay

NASA has a unique vantage point for observing the beauty and wonder of Earth and for making sense of it. The images in this book tell a story of a 4.5-billion-year-old planet where there is always something new to see.

Published Apr 28, 2021

Atmosphere Land Water Snow and Ice Remote Sensing

Tournament Earth: Astronaut Photography
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Tournament Earth: Astronaut Photography

Click to see the 2021 champion.

Published Mar 8, 2021

Atmosphere Land Life Water Human Presence Remote Sensing

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

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: 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

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