Quick Look

‘Mapping Our World,’ an Interactive Tool for Students and Educators

Earth Science Week 2014 celebrates “Earth’s Connected Systems.” Among the tools featured during the event is the Mapping Our World interactive website, which shares geographic images and data.

Emily Sullivan, posted on October 17th, 2014
Earth Science week 2014

Take Earth Science Week Into Your Hands with Citizen Science

Looking to get involved? Earth Science Week encourages students, teachers and the general public to share observations of the natural world through a variety of citizen science sites sponsored by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Elise Mulder Osenga, posted on October 15th, 2014
Earth Science week 2014, Quick Look

What Will Waterfronts Tell us?

The new NOAA project “Voices from the Working Waterfront” will collect oral histories to preserve best practices of working waterfronts. These vital histories can detail “lessons learned” in historic preservation, land use, and planning for peer and future communities.

Meg Schneider , posted on October 9th, 2014
Earth Observation

High Resolution Data from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission to Be Made Publicly Available

Recognizing the importance of high resolution data in climate resiliency planning, President Obama has announced a release of high resolution versions of data from the collaborative Shuttle Radar Topography Mission.

Elise Mulder Osenga, posted on October 7th, 2014
Climate, Disasters, Quick Look

Can We Get Ahead of Ebola?

In the fight against the current deadly outbreak of the Ebola virus, researchers are using an easily overlooked tool: the mobile phone.

Osha Gray Davidson, posted on October 7th, 2014

Feature Articles

NASA’s CYGNSS Constellation of Hurricane Remote Sensing Satellites

A new NASA satellite mission, CYGNSS (Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System), combines the all-weather performance of GNSS bistatic ocean surface scatterometry with the sampling properties of a constellation of satellites. This will result in spatial and temporal sampling properties which are markedly different from conventional imagers.

Marsik, et al , posted on October 9th, 2014
Featured Article, Oceans Environment and Technologies Theme

Applying Geospatial Semantic Array Programming for a Reproducible Set of Bioclimatic Indices in Europe

Bioclimate-driven regression analysis is a widely used approach for modelling ecological niches and zonation. Although the bioclimatic complexity of the European continent is high, a particular combination of 12 climatic and topographic covariates was recently found able to reliably reproduce the ecological zoning of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) for forest resources assessment at pan-European scale, generating the first fuzzy similarity map of FAO ecozones in Europe.

Giovanni Caudullo , posted on October 4th, 2014
Geospatial Semantic Array Programming

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
Featured Article

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

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
Quick Look

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


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

How Did Nigeria Quash Its Ebola Outbreak So Quickly?

What we can learn from the boot leather, organization and quick response times that stopped Ebola from spreading in this African nation

Posted on October 21st, 2014
EO for Health

US Has Test That Can Detect Ebola Virus In Seconds (But It’s Stuck In A Lab)

Researchers at a government lab have developed a minimally invasive test for Ebola that could cut the time it takes to diagnose cases of the lethal virus from days and hours to minutes or even seconds, International Business Times has learned.

Posted on October 20th, 2014

Interview: A Call for Climate Goals Other Than Two Degrees Celsius

When international delegates meet in Paris next year to negotiate a new climate agreement, they'll be aiming to keep the global average temperature from rising more than 2 degrees.

Posted on October 16th, 2014

Satellite eye on Earth: September 2014 in pictures

Smoking volcanoes of Iceland, dust storms of Sahara and parched basin of the Aral Sea are among the images captured by ESA and Nasa satellites last month.

Posted on October 14th, 2014
Earth Observation

Stanford scientists create a ‘smart’ lithium-ion battery that warns of fire hazard

(Stanford University) Stanford University scientists have developed a 'smart' lithium-ion battery that gives ample warning before it overheats and bursts into flames. The new technology is designed for conventional lithium-ion batteries now used in billions of cellphones, laptops and other electronic devices, as well as a growing number of cars and airplanes.

Posted on October 13th, 2014
Earth Observation

China pollution levels hit 20 times safe levels

Visibility dropped dramatically as small pollutant particles reached dangerous levels in northern Chinas Hebei province.

Posted on October 10th, 2014

Virgin Galactic: Space could finally be getting closer

Originally Published on BBC - Is Virgin Galactic any closer to realising dream of commercial spaceflight?

Posted on October 8th, 2014
Earth Observation

Smog in India Damaged Enough Crops to Feed 94 Million, Study Says

Originally Published by Yale 360 - Ground-level ozone, the main component of smog, damaged 6.7 million tons of Indian crops worth an estimated $1.3 billion in a single year, according to a new study published in Geophysical Research Letters. That's enough wheat, rice and other staple crops to feed 94 million people — roughly one-third of the country's impoverished population. Arising from a combination of vehicle emissions, cooking stoves, and industrial sources, plant-damaging ozone has left many of India's fast-developing cities among the most polluted in the world, according to the country's Air Monitoring Center. The number of vehicles there has nearly tripled in the past 10 years, rising from 50 million in 2003 to 130 million in 2013, and the country currently has no air quality standards to protect crops from ozone pollution. The researchers say the findings should be used to guide new ozone emission standards for the country.

Posted on October 6th, 2014
Ecosystems, Sustainability

Uncharted ocean mountains, trenches and ridges revealed by satellite map

Originally Published by The Guardian - Previously unknown features of the ocean floor include an ocean ridge under the Gulf of Mexico as wide as Texas Continue reading.

Posted on October 3rd, 2014
Earth Observation

’80 monitored’ for Ebola in Texas

Originally Published by BBC News - Texas officials are monitoring as many as 80 people for Ebola after a man was diagnosed with the disease in Dallas, officials tell US media.

Posted on October 2nd, 2014