Sep 02, 2021Climate Change Pushes Wildfires to New Heights

Wildfires in the western United States have been spreading to higher elevations over the past few decades due to warmer and drier conditions that are clearly linked to climate change.

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Jun 29, 2021California's Iconic Blue Oak Woodlands Threatened by Hotter, More Frequent Droughts

California's blue oak woodlands have decreased by more than 1,200 square kilometers.

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Jun 28, 2021Mountaintop Glacier Ice Disappearing in Tropics Worldwide

Mountaintop glacier ice in the tropics of all four hemispheres covers significantly less area than it did just 50 years ago.

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Jun 21, 2021Landsat Shows Plant Die-Offs in Southern California Driven by Climate Change

Landsat data stretching back 40 years show that vegetation loss is most stark in desert ecosystems already on edge of habitability.

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Feb 25, 2021Extreme Melt on Antarctica’s George VI Ice Shelf

Antarctica’s George VI Ice Shelf experienced record melting during the 2019-2020 summer season.

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Feb 03, 2021Quantifying Forests’ Impacts on Global Carbon Budget with Satellites

A new method, fusing data from many sources, has been developed for quantifying forests' role as both carbon sink and carbon source.

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Nov 02, 2020Talking Climate Change with Conservation and Earth Scientists

Landsat 9 Project Scientist Jeff Masek joined astronaut Jessica Meir and other researchers to discuss the role of space and aviation technologies in studying our changing world as part of the Smithsonian Conservation Commons’ Earth Optimism initiative.

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Oct 27, 2020Greenland’s Retreating Glaciers Could Impact Local Ecology

Many of the Greenland’s glaciers are retreating while also undergoing other physical changes.

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Sep 22, 2020Warming Temperatures are Driving Arctic Greening

Using satellite images to track global tundra ecosystems over decades, a new study found the region has become greener, as warmer air and soil temperatures lead to increased plant growth.

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Sep 14, 2020Antarctica: Cracks in the Ice

Combined satellite imagery have afforded researchers a new, accurate picture of the rapid development of damage in the shear zones on the ice shelves of Pine Island and Thwaites.

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