Bangladeshi officials have announced plans to expand the SERVIR satellite-based flood forecasting system for nationwide use. The system uses Jason-2 satellite data to predict flooding as far as eight days in advance, a significant advancement in disaster preparedness for the flood-prone country. SERVIR is a joint initiative between USAID and NASA.
PostedJan 31, 2015
Physical Climate, Observations, Water Resources, Carbon Cycle, Agriculture & Food, Extreme Events, Adaptation
Although the amount of moisture stored in soil is just a small fraction of Earth’s water, it plays a big role in the Earth system. NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite, launched into orbit this morning, will collect unprecedented measurements of soil moisture around the globe.
PostedOct 10, 2014
Physical Climate, Modeling, Extreme Events
A new report investigates the causes of extreme weather and climate events that occurred around the world in 2013, finding evidence for both human and natural influences.
PostedJun 25, 2014
Physical Climate, Observations, Human Health, Extreme Events
Both NASA and NOAA have ranked May 2014 as the planet’s hottest May since records began in 1880. UPDATE: Since this article was published, June 2014, August 2014, September 2014, and October 2014 have also set records for monthly average temperatures.
PostedMar 19, 2014
Coasts, Extreme Events, Adaptation
Today, delivering on a commitment in the President's Climate Action Plan, the Administration launched the Climate Data Initiative. This new effort brings together open government data and design competitions with commitments from the private and philanthropic sectors to develop data-driven tools that communities across America need to plan for the impacts of climate change .
PostedDec 9, 2013
Oceans, Physical Climate, Modeling, Arctic, Extreme Events
US CLIVAR ( Climate Variability and Predictability Program) has released a new Science Plan outlining its research goals and strategies for the next 15 years.
PostedAug 13, 2012
Physical Climate, Extreme Events
A new statistical analysis by NASA scientists has found that Earth's land areas have become much more likely to experience an extreme summer heat wave than they were in the middle of the 20th century.
PostedMay 1, 2012
Observations, Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Extreme Events
Featured on USDA , a member of the U.S. Global Change Research Program The Forest Service recently unveiled a product that helps natural resource managers rapidly detect, identify and respond to unexpected changes in the nation's forests by using web-based tools. The satellite-based monitoring and assessment tool aptly called ForWarn , recognizes
PostedJan 25, 2012
Physical Climate, Observations, Extreme Events
This week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) released temperature data showing that 2011 was one of the warmest years since record-keeping began in 1880. The global temperature continued to be extremely warm even though at least two factors acted to push it downwards in the short term.