Earth Observation

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
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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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