Robots Help Ocean Explorers Map the Sea Floor

To discover the ocean, map the seafloor and get an up-close view, ocean explorers deploy a range of powerful technologies, from ship-based sonar to autonomous underwater and remotely operated vehicles.

Tracking a Changing Planet: The National Academies Releases its Decadal Survey on Earth Observations from Space

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has released the decadal survey for Earth sciences and applications from space, an ambitious road map to guide investments in Earth observation programs over the next 10 years.

Mother Nature Lends a Hand to Create More Efficient Underwater Robots

Robotic manta rays and turtles, like the MantaDroid and naro-tartaruga, may solve current limitations to AUVs as the next generation of marine robots copy biological designs to become more efficient, adaptable and maneuverable.

On the Trail of Sea Life with an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle

A look at SharkCam and TurtleCam, designed to help us bring threats to marine life into focus.

SciShow and MinuteEarth Changing the Way Science is Communicated

Two YouTube channels aim to teach others about the way we see and understand our world.

SELFI: NASA’s Pursuit of Life on Saturn’s Enceladus

A new instrument will study the plumes of Saturn’s small moon, telling scientists more about the possibility of life in its global ocean.

Call for Papers: 60 Years in Space

IEEE Earthzine seeks articles that feature advances in our understanding of space as they relate to Earth observation and information, and articles that explore the space program’s projected future.

Motivation to Map: A Quest to Understand What the Earth Really Looks Like

Experts are pushing for better bathymetric charts of the ocean floor at a time when, technically, it’s already 100 percent mapped. What’s wrong with today’s maps, and what effects will improvements have?

In the Hunt for Ocean Treasures, Robots Lead the Way

Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE teams are building autonomous robots to map the seafloor and hunt for unknown signals in the hope of winning $7 million.

Showcasing Undersea Heroes: Autonomous Underwater Vehicles

Guest Editor Yanwu Zhang kicks off our third quarter theme with a sneak peek at what lies ahead in future autonomous underwater vehicle designs.

Going Deep to Go Far: How Dive Depth Impacts Seaglider Range

Seagliders are buoyancy driven Autonomous Underwater Vehicles used for long-term oceanographic observation. How does the depth of operation affect a Seaglider’s range?

The 5,000 Star View: How Social Media is Helping to Save the Night Sky

Two photographers/filmmakers have taken a unique approach to raising awareness of skyglow, the unintended harmful effects of light pollution.