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.

Wetland habitat map of Lake George in Uganda
Feb 2, 2020Space Key to Wetland Conservation

Wetlands worldwide are vanishing at an alarming rate. New satellite-informed maps produced by ESA’s GlobWetland Africa project show how satellite observations can be used for the effective use and management of wetlands in Africa.

the view towards Chola Glacier, beneath Cholatse peak
Jan 10, 2020Landsat Reveals Expanding Plant Life in the Everest Region

Plant life is expanding in the area around Mount Everest, and across the Himalayan region, new research shows.

A northern pintail duck
Dec 20, 2019Predicting Waterbird Habitat in California

Ecologists are using Landsat to locate waterbird habitat that may be vulnerable in dry years.

Tokyo
Dec 18, 2019Understanding the Ecological and Environmental Impacts of Urbanization

Landsat-based urban extent and phenology indicators provide new information about urban environments.

mining site
Dec 14, 2019Assessing the Environmental Impacts of Artisanal Gold Mining

Landsat helps monitor changes in artisanal gold mining areas, enabling land managers to prevent and remedy environmental impacts.

Soldier Meadows
Dec 13, 2019When a River Runs Through Drylands

There is a dance between the vegetation that thrives along a river’s edge and the availability of water; with Landsat, that relationship is now being understood in ways not previously possible.

river chemistry monitoring stations in Yellowstone
Dec 12, 2019Tracking New Hydrothermal Activity in Yellowstone

Landsat is among the resources that scientists are using to assess hazards and track volcanic activity in Yellowstone.

Beaver dam in Grand Teton National Park
Dec 11, 2019Smokey the Beaver? Beaver Dams and Wildfire

Landsat helped confirm and quantify what was only anecdotally known before: beaver dams make wetlands uniquely resistant to wildfires.