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
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

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


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

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
Earth Observation, Water

Scientists Look for Causes of Baffling Die-Off of Sea Stars

Originally Published by NYT - In 1674, Antonie van Leeuwenhoek looked at a drop of lake water through his homemade microscope and discovered an invisible world that no one knew existed. He was an unlikely pioneer — a haberdasher and city official by trade. In this film, we celebrate this 17th-century citizen scientist and a discovery that would ultimately change our view of the biological world, and our place in it.

Posted on September 16th, 2014
Earth Observation

New catalog of visible Milky Way charts 219 million stars

Originally Published by Earth Sky - These astronomers spent 10 years charting all the stars brighter than 20th magnitude – that’s about 1 million times fainter than can be seen with the human eye.

Posted on September 16th, 2014

Rosetta comet landing site chosen

Originally Published by BCC - Europe's Rosetta mission, which aims to land on a 4km-wide comet later this year, identifies what it thinks is the safest place to touch down.

Posted on September 15th, 2014

A Red Dirt Town: An Enduring Legacy Of Toxic Pollution in Southern Waters

Originally Published by Yale 360 - “A Red Dirt Town,” the second-place winner of the Yale Environment 360 Video Contest, examines the legacy of pollution in Anniston, Alabama, the former home of a Monsanto chemical factory.

Posted on September 11th, 2014

Thousands Rescued From Deadly Flash Floods in India, Pakistan

Originally Published by ENS - Hundreds of people have lost their lives in the the heaviest monsoon rains to fall for 50 years in the Himalayan region of Jammu & Kashmir. Thousands are still trapped on rooftops, and a massive rescue and evacuation is in full swing.

Posted on September 10th, 2014

CO2 rises at fastest rate since 1984

Originally Published by BBC News -Concentrations of warming gases in the atmosphere reached record levels in 2013 say the World Meteorological Organisation.

Posted on September 9th, 2014

Meteorite lands in Nicaragua capital

Originally Published by BBC News - A small meteorite which may have broken off an asteroid caused a 12m-wide crater near Managua's international airport, Nicaraguan officials say.

Posted on September 8th, 2014
Earth Observation

New York climate summit is a chance to push for long-term climate neutrality

Originally Published by The Guardian - A meeting of heads of state with Ban Ki-moon is an opportunity to look at how we get greenhouse gas emissions to zero.

Posted on September 4th, 2014

Mining threatens to eat up northern Europes last wilderness

Originally Published by The Guardian - Vast network of rivers, lakes and mountains in Finland, Sweden and Norway at risk from being exploited for rare earth and other minerals.

Posted on September 3rd, 2014