reindeer and caribou in the arctic
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.

Forests in Banff, Canada
Sep 9, 2020The Stuff of Trees:
Three-Decades of Forest Biomass Measured Across Canada

A new study reports a net increase of 5.38 petagrams of forest biomass between 1984 and 2016; carbon-wise, that is equivalent to a train of loaded coal cars long enough to wrap itself around Earth nearly 34 times.

Belize Barrier Reef
Sep 3, 2020Landsat Data Informs New Projects Exploring Connections Between the Environment and COVID-19

Satellite images are helping to reveal how COVID-19 lockdown measures are impacting food security, urban surface heat, water quality and aquatic ecosystems, and more in NASA-funded studies.

Tropical Forest in Colombia
Aug 27, 2020Pinpointing Tropical Forests with High Ecological ‘Quality’

Landsat and ICESat-2 satellite data have made it possible for scientists to develop maps showing the “quality” of tropical forests.

Landsat 8 image of Río Cauto Delta
Aug 18, 2020NASA Study Maps the Roots of Global Mangrove Loss

Using Landsat, researchers have created the first map of the causes of change in global mangrove habitats between 2000 and 2016—a valuable tool to aid conservation efforts for these vital coastline defenders.

LANDFIRE geoareas and reference plot locations
Jul 30, 2020LANDFIRE Remap Is Here

LANDFIRE has released its Remap dataset; new techniques and new data provide significant improvement.

Liza Goldberg
Jul 28, 2020Student Liza Goldberg Uses National Geographic Young Explorers Grant to Bring Satellite Imagery into Classrooms

Goldberg will launch Cloud to Classroom, an innovative project that uses satellite imagery to help K-12 classrooms understand global environmental change through remote sensing. 

Tropical forest habitat in Panama
Jul 27, 2020Using Landsat Data to Assess Regeneration in Tropical Forests

A team of Boise State researchers is helping forecast tropical forest recovery from deforestation using Landsat satellite data.

Dr. Lagomasino in the field
Jun 25, 2020Meet Dr. David Lagomasino

Coastal ecosystems are some of Earth’s most biologically diverse environments, especially coastal mangrove forests. Dr. Lagomasino uses Earth observing data to study these vital biomes.

Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Jun 3, 2020NASA Fosters Innovative Ways to Understand Biodiversity

NASA has funded four projects to create new, virtual portals to share a wealth of biodiversity information with land stewards around the world.

Eric Bullock
May 28, 2020Meet Dr. Eric Bullock

Dr. Eric Bullock uses Earth observation data to explore the consequences of land use and land cover change in high biodiversity areas.

Tamarisk plant
May 22, 2020Sensing Invasive Species From Space

Invasive species cost the U.S. economy approximately $120 billion a year and disrupt the dynamics of ecosystems. Researchers are increasingly using remote sensing to map where invasive species are and where they could spread in order to minimize their damage.

Mount St. Helens, May 2020
May 18, 202040 Years After Mount St. Helens’ Eruption, 40 Years of Forest Recovery

Landsat data (since 1972) is helping scientists Sean Healey and Zhiqiang Yang of the Rocky Mountain Research Station (U.S. Forest Service) study the long-term impact of the May 18, 1980, eruption of Mount St. Helens.

hummingbird
Apr 17, 2020Getting a Bird’s-Eye View of Biodiversity with Landsat

This bird’s-eye view of the relationship between temperature and bird biodiversity will help conservationists figure out where to prioritize their efforts in a warming world.

Scientist and penguin
Apr 14, 2020NASA Is Where the Wild Things Are

Researchers and conservationists around the world are using data and images from NASA satellite instruments to manage and track living creatures of all kinds.

underwater shot of kelp in South American
Mar 11, 2020Kelp Forests at the End of the Earth

Kelp forest cover near Tierra del Fuego appeared to follow approximately four-year cycles that mirror sea surface temperature and El Niño-Southern Oscillation rainfall patterns.

bull kelp
Mar 5, 2020Landsat Boosts Understanding of Climate Change’s Impact on Kelp

Landsat imagery shows that bull kelp canopy area can vary dramatically from year to year, and that long-term population trends vary from reef to reef.

Tuscan countryside
Mar 5, 2020Landsat Gives Epidemiologists Key Insights

How the fields of epidemiology and remote sensing intersect to help the public.

Zhuhai, China
Feb 14, 2020Landsat Provides “Complete Perspective” of Wetland Loss in China

Intertidal wetlands significantly contribute to China’s environmental and ecological diversity, but are facing unprecedented pressures from anthropogenic development, as well as the threat of future sea level rise.

children playing near the Sesan River
Feb 13, 2020Hydropower Dams Cool Rivers in the Mekong River Basin, Landsat Shows

Researchers used Landsat satellites to track changes in surface water temperature for the Sekong, Sesan and Srepok rivers. Within one year of the opening of a major dam, downstream river temperatures during the dry season dropped by up to 3.6ºF.