Apr 30, 2009Landsat Among Suite of Satellites Used in Study Linking Drought to Asian Wildfire Emissions

Source: Gretchen Cook-Anderson In the last decade, Asian farmers have cleared tens of thousands of square miles of forests to accommodate the world’s growing demand for palm oil, an increasingly popular food ingredient. Ancient peatlands have been drained and lush tropical forests have been cut down. As a result, the landscape of equatorial Asia now […]

Apr 5, 2009Virtually Tour Antarctica

NASA’s Science Visualization Studio released a narrated tour of Antarctica. This guided tour of the area surrounding McMurdo Station in Antarctica uses the Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica (LIMA). It’s a great way to experience the frozen continent without any risk of frostbite. + Download visualization

USGS Larsen Map
Apr 3, 2009Landsat Documents Rapid Disappearance of Antarctica’s Ice Shelves

Contributors: Joan Moody (DOI); Jessica K. Robertson (USGS) Antarctica’s glaciers are melting more rapidly than previously known because of climate change, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey report prepared in close collaboration with the British Antarctic Survey. The USGS study documents for the first time that one ice shelf has completely disappeared and another […]

Apr 2, 2009Free Landsat Downloads Hit Half Million

Source: USGS On April 2, 2009, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Landsat Project delivered its 500,000th free image for Fiscal Year (FY) 2009. A recent USGS policy change enabled Landsat data to be distributed at no charge via the internet. Prior to the policy change, the highest year of distribution was in FY2001 when approximately 25,000 […]

Lake Enriqullo
Apr 2, 2009Hispaniola Was a Tropical Cyclone Target Five Times in 2008

Contributor: Rob Gutro, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center In 2008, residents of Hispaniola experienced one of their worst hurricane seasons in recent memory. Hispaniola, the Caribbean island containing Haiti and the Dominican Republic, is located directly within the hurricane belt, and was pummeled by five tropical cyclones last year: Fay, Gustav, Hanna, Ike, and a […]