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Students Build Their Resume While Building Underwater Vehicles

Hands-on learning while building underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) helps young students connect with marine habitats, and gets them excited about science, math and engineering.

Jenny Woodman , posted on August 12th, 2014
Articles, Oceans

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Introduction to the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Mission

The Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission planned to launch in January 2015 will provide a global map of soil moisture measurements in an accessible, user-friendly data format. The intention is to reach a broad community of end-users and decision-makers with varying plans of application.

Liza Brazil , posted on September 1st, 2014
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Growing Algae in Space could be like Recycling on Earth

In the next 12 months, the Melissa project will test key pieces of a unique recycling system. Spirulina algae could solve the problem of oxygen, water, and food for astronauts aboard The International Space Station.

Meg Schneider , posted on August 26th, 2014
Earth Observation, Quick Look


A Winner and Honorable Mentions: NASA DEVELOP Summer 2014 Virtual Poster Session

A grand-prize winner and honorable mentions have been selected for the summer 2014 Virtual Poster Session (VPS) contributed by NASA’s DEVELOP National Program. The contest included 34 projects conducted by 155 participants across 13 DEVELOP locations.

Earthzine staff , posted on August 4th, 2014
DEVELOP Summer 2014 VPS

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Connecting with Geoscience Systems: Earth Science Week 2014

Earth Science Week 2014 will focus on the interconnectedness of Earth systems. The international event is celebrated from Oct. 12-18. Opportunities for involvement include student contests, local activities, and a citizen science initiative. Potential participants are encouraged to begin planning now.

Elise Mulder Osenga, posted on August 13th, 2014

Where Do Fish Like to Spawn?

Where do fish like to spawn? Dr. Lorenzo Ciannelli of Oregon State University says the answers are complex, but could help us to understand and make more accurate predictions about the impact of climate change on fish and their spawning patterns.

Jenny Woodman , posted on August 12th, 2014
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Living Earth Festival: Indigenous Perspectives on Climate Change

The National Museum of the Native American’s annual Living Earth Festival celebrates scientific knowledge, technological innovation, and Indigenous perspectives.

Jenny Woodman , posted on August 12th, 2014
climate change, Quick Look

Feature Articles

A Hitchhiker’s Guide to CubeSats

CubeSats, once viewed with skepticism, are changing the way we think about space exploration and Earth observation.

Jenny Woodman , posted on August 8th, 2014

Tracking Snow: The Cryosphere in an Era of Climate Change

A new generation of weather satellites is helping researchers gain insights into the complex relationship between the cryosphere – the planet’s cold regions – and the climate. With drinking water supplies dwindling around the world, understanding the cryosphere is becoming a front-burner issue.

Osha Gray Davidson, posted on August 8th, 2014
Agriculture, Climate, Earth Observation, Ecosystems, Featured Article, Technology, Water, Weather

Supporting a Forest Observation System for Siberia: Earth Observation for Monitoring, Assessing and Providing Forest Resource Information

The monitoring and assessment of the remote Russian forest resources of Siberia is challenging and can only be done by integrating remote sensing techniques. Human and environmental forest disturbances continuously affect changing forest cover and biomass levels. The ZAPÁS initiative is prototyping and supporting a forest observation system for Siberia using Earth observation data from European and Russian satellite data providers.

Hüttich, et al , posted on July 16th, 2014

Architecting an Earth Observation Strategy for Disaster Risk Management

Supporting international disaster management with satellite observation often involves ad hoc arrangements among many players. This limits the effectiveness and efficiency of satellite support to disaster management operations. To address this challenge, the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites Working Group on Information Systems and Services documented a high-level reference model for the use of Earth observation satellites and associated products to support disaster risk management within the Global Earth Observation System of Systems context.

Moe and Evans , posted on July 15th, 2014
Informatics Theme

Essays On Hope

What Keeps Us Writing and Working in the Face of Global Change—Essays on Hope

In this series of blog posts, Earthzine staff and other contributors offer short essays on their sources of hope or inspiration in the face of widespread global change.

Earthzine staff , posted on June 12th, 2014


Call for Papers — Oceans Environment and Technologies

Earthzine (www.earthzine.org) was established in 2007 as an outreach activity for the GEO (Group on Earth Observations) and GEOSS (Global Earth Observation System of Systems) initiative. As a newly adopted publication of the Oceanic Engineering Society, we seek contributions to bolster Earthzine’s coverage of oceans-related activities.

Earthzine staff , posted on March 13th, 2014
Announcements, Oceans, Oceans Environment and Technologies Theme, Technology

Call for Papers — Using Crowdsourcing to Further Earth Observation

crowdsourcing Earthzine.org’s “Citizens and Science: Using Crowdsourcing to Further Earth Observations” theme will explore the technologies, people, and organizations that enable the use of public knowledge and activity to further our understanding of the natural world.s.

Earthzine staff , posted on January 2nd, 2014

Syndicated Articles

Radar vision maps Napa Valley earthquake

Originally Published by ESA - Sentinel-1A has added yet another string to its bow. Radar images from this fledgling satellite have been used to map the rupture caused by the biggest earthquake that has shaken northern California in 25 years.

Posted on September 2nd, 2014

Let’s talk about the weather to revive climate debate

Originally Published by New Scientist - Explaining how climate change is affecting today's weather will be tricky, but it might bring home to the public the everyday reality of global warming.

Posted on August 29th, 2014
climate change

Ebola vaccine to be tested in UK

Originally Published by BBC News - A trial vaccine against Ebola could be tested on healthy volunteers in the UK in September, says an international health consortium.

Posted on August 28th, 2014

Do dams destroy rivers?

Originally Published by The Guardian - Ultimately dams change rivers. The degree to which they change and the negative impacts on humans and nature depend on how large they are, how they are built and managed and where they are located.

Posted on August 27th, 2014

Using Google Earth and goats to combat wildfires.

Originally Published by Google Earth - We have brought you many stories in the past involving Google Earth and wildfire. For example, stories about people and organizations using Google Earth to monitor wildfires in progress, coordinate rescue operations, map global fire data and simulate forest fires. But, prevention is better than cure, so to take it a step further, here is a story about how Shea Broussard and business partner Tony Shafer created FlameMapper.

Posted on August 26th, 2014
Earth Observation

Major Earthquake Rattles San Francisco Bay Area

Originally Published by Information Week - At 3:20 am Sunday, a magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck the small community of American Canyon in California's wine-growing Napa County, causing power outages and damaging roads, homes and businesses. No fatalities were reported.

Posted on August 25th, 2014

3D Mapping Data’s Future: 8 Examples

Originally Published by Information Week - Federal agencies, academia, communities, and the private sector are collaborating on advanced US mapping data as part of the 3D Elevation Program.

Posted on August 22nd, 2014

Antarctica and Greenland Losing Ice at Fastest Rate Ever Recorded

Originally Published by Yale Environment 360 - Ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are losing mass at an unprecedented rate of 500 cubic kilometers per year.

Posted on August 21st, 2014
Earth Observation

Green Column: Cities’ Air Problems Only Get Worse With Climate Change

Originally Published by NYT - Scientists predict that higher temperatures will speed up the creation of lung-damaging ozone in the world’s metropolises.

Posted on August 20th, 2014
climate change

Inside California’s $7.5 billion drought-survival plan

Originally Published by New Scientist - With reservoirs at record lows and groundwater being rapidly depleted, the state is considering extreme measures to ride out an epic dry spell.

Posted on August 19th, 2014