Monitoring Volcano Threats from Space

EarthzineArticles, Disasters, Earth Observation, Original, Sections, Technology

Cropped image of volcano taken from of Volcano Monitoring Poster align=Volcanoes can have extremely wide ranging effects. Even a single eruption can cause disastrous climate changes at great distance from the source. Thus, it is important to have a system to monitor even the most remote volcanoes. The Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on the Terra spacecraft and other satellite sensors provide imagery that is critical to the global volcano monitoring solution.

ESA and EC take major step forward in GMES

Tim HewisonClimate, Earth Observation, GEO/GEOSS News, Politics

ESA and the European Commission have signed a €48 million grant that will allow the space agency to ensure the coordinated and timely supply of satellite-based Earth Observation data for the preoperational phase of GMES from 2008 to 2010. The signing of the grant marks the first real cooperation between the two in the GMES framework.

TRMM Turns Ten

Paul RacetteEarth Observation, Weather

For the past 10 years TRMM has provided spectacular imagery of the interior structure of storm systems. The unprecedented data have improved our understanding of weather and climate. The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission launched November 27, 1997.

A Looking Back at 50 Years of Earth Observations

Paul RacetteEarth Observation

Today, the ability to forecast weather, climate, and natural hazards depends critically on these satellite-based observations. Satellites have revolutionized how humans view and understand the home planet, helped address fundamental scientific questions, and enabled a plethora of applications with important societal benefits. Continued Earth observations from space will be required to address scientific and societal challenges of the future.

Earth Observations Used To Predict and Prevent Pandemic Outbreaks

Paul RacetteEarth Observation, Health, Technology

The ability of infectious diseases to thrive depends on changes in the Earth’s environment such as the climate, precipitation and vegetation of an area. NASA scientists have used Earth observations to help predict and prevent infectious disease outbreaks around the world. Remote sensing technologies are used for predicting the outbreak of some of the most common and deadly infectious diseases … Read More