Feature Articles

The International Space Station Beams Benefits to Earth

The International Space Station houses astronauts from around the world --- and the potential to change life on Earth. With new missions launching this year, the station plans to add two new Earth observing instruments that will provide valuable insights about our planet.

Jenny Woodman , posted on September 9th, 2014
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Predicting Future Forest Ranges Using Array-based Geospatial Semantic Modelling

Studying the impacts of climate change requires looking at ranges of variables that transect a broad range of sectors. Geospatial Semantic Array Programming (GeoSemAP) offers the potential to help create a cross-discipline vocabulary for discussing data and processes used in geospatial studies. Within this field, the PESETA II project offers an example of how GeoSemAPs can be used to address the ecological challenges associated with a shifting climate.

Elise Mulder Osenga, posted on August 13th, 2014
Geospatial Semantic Array Programming, themed article

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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New Study Finds Unprecedented Polar Ice Sheet Loss

The European Space Agency’s CryoSat-2 was launched in June 2010. Now, data from the satellite is allowing researchers to produce maps of the planet’s most important ice fields, with unparalleled coverage and accuracy.

Osha Gray Davidson, posted on September 5th, 2014
Earth Observation, Quick Look

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

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

Earth lost 50% of its wildlife in the past 40 years, says WWF

Originally Published by The Guardian - Species across land, rivers and seas decimated as humans kill for food in unsustainable numbers and destroy habitats.

Posted on September 30th, 2014

Retro Report: The Head-Scratching Case of the Vanishing Bees

Originally Published by NYT - Several years ago, beekeepers were vexed: Honeybees, those versatile wovanishing beesrkhorses of pollination, were vanishing by the millions.

Posted on September 29th, 2014
Biodiversity, Earth Observation

Power outage? Robots to the rescue

Originally Published by Science Daily - Big disasters almost always result in big power failures. Not only do they take down the TV and fridge, they also wreak havoc with key infrastructure like cell towers. That can delay search and rescue operations at a time when minutes count. Engineers have now developed a tabletop model of robotic first responders that can bring power to places that need it the most —- like communications towers.

Posted on September 26th, 2014

While Arctic sea ice declines in 2014, Antarctic sea ice increases

Originally Published by Earth Sky - http://rss2.earthsky.org/~r/fullsite/~3/vlGG_6QVavY/while-arctic-sea-ice-declines-in-2014-antarctic-sea-ice-increases.

Posted on September 25th, 2014

Getting Power to 12 Billion People

Originally Published by The IEEE - A new study reignites questions over how future generations will meet their energy .

Posted on September 24th, 2014

UN climate change summit in New York  live coverage

Originally Published by The Guardian - Barack Obama, David Cameron and Dilma Rousseff are among leaders in New York today at a climate summit.

Posted on September 23rd, 2014

Hope against the odds is mood of NY climate march

Originally Published by New Scientist - Workers, teachers and activists concerned about the climate marched alongside Al Gore, Ban Ki Moon and Jane Goodall in New York on Sunday.

Posted on September 22nd, 2014

World population to hit 11bn in 2100 with 70% chance of continuous rise

Originally Published by The Guardian - New study overturns 20 years of consensus on peak projection of 9bn and gradual decline Continue reading.

Posted on September 19th, 2014

Crowdsourcing could lead to better water in rural India

Originally Published by Science Daily - A novel environmental crowdsourcing technique for assessing water quality in India is being evaluated by a three-continent research consortium. The technique relies on 53-cent test kits and the nation’s ubiquitous mobile phone service.

Posted on September 18th, 2014
Earth Observation

Leaky wells, not fracking, polluted US drinking water

Originally Published by New Scientist - The act of fracking is probably not contaminating US drinking water – the real problem is leaks from the wells that bring natural gas to the surface

Posted on September 17th, 2014