Homeward Bound: Planes, Weather and a Flight to Catch

EarthzineOriginal, Socioeconomic Benefits 2016

Severe weather patterns have serious implications for air travel, but improvements in Earth observation and weather forecasting help airlines plan ahead. Airlines and passengers want to avoid flight delays and cancellations. Harsh weather poses a threat to this goal and it becomes impossible for some flights to take off or land on time. How do airlines use Earth observation systems … Read More

An Environment in Flux

EarthzineOriginal, Socioeconomic Benefits 2016, Themed Articles

Remote sensing is being used to promote the sustainability of agricultural and recreational opportunities in the Medicine Bow National Forest of Wyoming, USA. On a quiet patch of land in the Medicine Bow National Forest (MBNF) in Wyoming, livestock consumed native grasses that dominated the landscape, and hikers trekked through those grasses to access tall aspen stands and striking views. … Read More

Stepping into the SWOS Portal: How Coordination of Data Can Help Protect the World’s Vanishing Wetlands

EarthzineGEO/GEOSS News, Original, Socioeconomic Benefits 2016

The Earth has lost more than half of its wetland extent since 1900. The satellite-based Wetland Observation Service (SWOS) is working to provide a data portal that will have real-world impacts, helping to track wetland degradation, identify pollution sources, and assess restoration strategies. Above: Landsat satellite image examples of the Sabkhat al Jabbulin in Syria, produced in the frame of … Read More

NOAA’s Chief Scientist Charts Course Toward a New Blue Economy

EarthzineOriginal, Socioeconomic Benefits 2016

An emerging blue economy supported by sustained and robust ocean observations may offer new opportunities and help answer questions about a changing environment. Dr. Richard Spinrad is a busy fellow. As the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) first chief scientist in 18 years, he’s a man on a mission. Spinrad attends conferences, goes to meetings on Capitol Hill, speaks … Read More

Methane Observation Inspires Action

EarthzineOriginal, Socioeconomic Benefits 2016, Themed Articles

High-precision and remote-controlled methane and ethane detectors assist scientists in determining methane emission levels from natural gas development in north-central Texas’ Barnett Shale. In October 2013, a pair of scientists took a technologically tripped-out van on a deliberately meandering methane detection mission across north-central Texas. Tara Yacovitch and Scott Herndon of Massachusetts-based Aerodyne Research comprised one of 20 teams that … Read More

GIS Free-For-All

EarthzineOriginal, Socioeconomic Benefits 2016, Themed Articles

Using free and open source GIS programs and data platforms can eliminate costs associated with data processing, making Earth Observation data more profitable for all. Clyde A. Brooke purchased 140 acres of land in Hancock, Mississippi, in 1952 to begin a timber operation, and what began as a humble operation has grown to more than 4,000 acres today. The Brookewood … Read More

B’more Cool: Monitoring the Urban Heat Island at High Density for Health and Urban Design

EarthzineOriginal, Socioeconomic Benefits 2016

The B’more Cool initiative is exploring patterns of heat exposure and impact across Baltimore, Maryland,  and evaluating active and proposed mitigation and adaptation interventions. Extreme heat is the deadliest form of climate hazard in the United States today, killing an average of 600 people per year [1]. These deaths are almost entirely preventable; however, the frequency and intensity of heat … Read More

The Trouble with Trees: Volatile Organic Compounds Exacerbate Climate Change and Air Pollution

EarthzineIn-Depth, Original, Socioeconomic Benefits 2016, Themed Articles

Scientists are using sophisticated emission models and monitoring techniques to better understand the relationship between volatile organic compound production, climate change, and air pollution. As rainforests are cut down and replaced with isoprene-emitting oil palm plantations, data suggest that genetically modified trees may provide a hopeful alternative.