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The upcoming Surface Water and Ocean Topography mission will provide a trove of data on Earth’s water resources, even in remote locations. Alaska serves as a case study.
Water Mission to Gauge Alaskan Rivers on Front Lines of Climate Change
Fountains of lava erupted near Mauna Loa’s summit on Nov. 27, 2022, ending a 38-year period of quiet since the volcano’s last eruption.
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Mauna Loa, Hawaii, Erupts
Targeting a Dec. 15 launch, SWOT will survey nearly all water on Earth’s surface for the first time, helping to track how fresh and saltwater bodies change over time.
NASA Sets Coverage for SWOT Water Survey Mission Launch
A new video series highlights the hard work and passion of scientists and engineers who are helping to get this remarkable new satellite off the ground.
Meet the People Behind the SWOT Water-Tracking Satellite
The international Surface Water and Ocean Topography mission will provide high-definition data on the salt- and fresh water on Earth’s surface.
5 Things to Know About How SWOT Will Look at the World's Water
New results show average sea level rise approaching the 1-foot mark for most coastlines of the contiguous U.S. by 2050. The Gulf Coast and Southeast will see the most change.
NASA Study: Rising Sea Level Could Exceed Estimates for U.S. Coasts
A new analysis shows temperature fluctuations are an important factor in insect extinction risk.
Climate Change Can Put More Insects at Risk for Extinction
New research uses NASA satellite observations and advanced computing to chronicle wetlands lost (and found) around the globe.
Satellites Help Scientists Track Dramatic Wetlands Loss in Louisiana
The Arctic is being affected by climate change more than most places on Earth. In the summer of 2022, a NASA campaign investigated permafrost thaw, methane emissions from lakes, and the effects of wildfires in Alaska and northwestern Canada.
NASA Fieldwork Studies Signs of Climate Change in Arctic, Boreal Regions
Built to help scientists understand how dust affects climate, the Earth Surface Mineral Dust Source Investigation can also pinpoint emissions of the potent greenhouse gas.
Methane ‘Super-Emitters' Mapped by NASA's New Earth Space Mission
NASA will host a media teleconference at 3 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Oct. 25, to discuss the latest findings of the agency’s Earth Surface Mineral Dust Source Investigation (EMIT), including a new, unanticipated capability which will help better understand impacts of climate change.
NASA to Discuss Latest EMIT Findings, Helps Address Climate Change
Climate change means less snowpack on mountains – and less snowpack means less meltwater is available for nearby communities’ water supplies. Learn how NASA Earth observations are helping water resource managers more accurately plan conservation efforts.
Earth Science in Action
Snow, Satellites, and Remote-Sensing Planes