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International Charter activated for floods in Brazil

The Solimoes River, a branch of the Amazon River in northern Brazil, has caused major floods in the Amazonas state (Image: Catedral Verde - Floresta Amazonica)

The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated on 11 June 2015 at 21:37:56 (UTC+02:00) due to major floods in northern Brazil.

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Tue, 16/06/2015 - 08:33

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Landsat-8 captures shrinking water reservoirs near São Paulo

The Jaguari Reservoir near São Paulo in February 2015

For three years south eastern and eastern Brazil has been experiencing one of its worst droughts in a century and satellite images captured by Landsat-8 in the first months of 2015 do not bring any hope.  

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Tue, 10/03/2015 - 14:36

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NASA satellites show vegetation decline in the Amazon

NASA's Aqua satellite was one of the satellites used for the study

A new study founded by NASA and published on November 11 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows a 13-year decline in vegetation in the eastern and southeastern Amazon. While the decline was small, the area affected encompassed 5.4 million square kilometres, equivalent to over half the area of continental United States.

NASA satellites were fundamental in the study and were used to measure the "greenness" of the vegetation in the Amazon. Moreover, they were used in a new and innovative way.

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Wed, 17/12/2014 - 09:26

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Peru: First National Forest Monitoring Maps released

Deforestation in Peru detected by Landsat 8 in August 2013.

Peru hosts about 75 percent of the western Amazon jungle. Deforestation is therefore a critical topic for the country. Now, a major milestone in conserving and managing the western Amazon has been reached by mapping more than 95 percent of Peruvian forests using archived satellite imagery.

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Wed, 05/03/2014 - 08:17

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Satellites Help Measure Earth's Water

Scientists say they've used satellite data to measure for the first time the amount of water that rises and falls in the Amazon River floodplain each year. Ohio State University researchers say the information is critical to predicting floods and droughts that might be brought about by global climate change.

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Mon, 09/08/2010 - 11:08

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