New research investigates global carbon cycle from phytoplankton satellite imagery

Global monthly primary productivity. Image: ESA

A recent study has produced a 20-year time series of primary production by marine phytoplankton, one of the largest fluxes of carbon on our planet. Studying phytoplankton primary production is important because it provides useful information about ocean biology, climate, and global carbon cycle.


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Mon, 11/05/2020 - 14:12

Introductory Webinar: An Inside Look at how NASA Measures Air Pollution

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Introductory Webinar: An Inside Look at how NASA Measures Air Pollution logo. Image: NASA
Participants will learn which pollutants can be measured from space, how satellites make these measurements, the do’s and don’ts in interpreting satellite





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NASA and NOAA satellites monitor deadly Guatemala volcano eruption

Image of the eruption and resulting ash plume of the Volcan de Fuego in Guatemala captured by the NOAA/NASA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite on 3 June 2018. Image: NASA Earth Observatory

Satellites from NASA and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are monitoring the eruption of Volcan de Fuego (Volcano of Fire) in Guatemala that has killed at least 69 people since it started erupting on 3 June 2018.


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Wed, 06/06/2018 - 12:01

Detecting forest fires with satellites (MODIS and VIIRS)

VIIRS detecting a forest fire in Wyoming, United States (courtesy NASA)

Since several years ago, satellites have been used to detect fires. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) sensor onboard NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites has been used to scan the Earth’s surface for fires on a daily basis for almost 15 years.

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Tue, 22/12/2015 - 13:33

NASA: A Look Back at a Decade of Fires

NASA's latest Earth-observing satellite, the NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP), is scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base on Oct. 28 to extend key environmental data records established by an earlier generation of NASA satellites. To mark the launch, they are looking back at one of the scientific legacies NPP will build upon: the global fire data record.

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Thu, 20/10/2011 - 11:33
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