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New research on Antarctica, including the first map of iceberg calving, doubles the previous estimates of loss from ice shelves and details how the continent is changing.
NASA Studies Find Previously Unknown Loss of Antarctic Ice
A new study uses data from the ECOSTRESS instrument aboard the space station to better understand why some parts of a wildfire burn more intensely than others.
NASA Data on Plant ‘Sweating' Could Help Predict Wildfire Severity
The huge amount of water vapor hurled into the atmosphere, as detected by NASA’s Microwave Limb Sounder, could end up temporarily warming Earth’s surface.
Tonga Eruption Blasted Unprecedented Amount of Water Into Stratosphere
Newly installed on the space station, the instrument, called EMIT, will help answer questions about how mineral dust from Earth’s arid regions affects climate.
NASA's Mineral Dust Detector Starts Gathering Data
The largest reservoir in the United States was at a mere 27% of its capacity as of July 18, 2022.
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Disappearing Lake Mead, Nevada-Arizona Border
The Surface Water and Ocean Topography mission will make measurements of over 95% of Earth’s lakes, rivers, and reservoirs.
US-European Satellite Will Make World's First Global Freshwater Survey
A NASA-led study links bird migration timing to large-scale climate patterns originating thousands of miles away.
Climate Patterns Thousands of Miles Away Affect US Bird Migration
Designed to analyze airborne dust to see how it might affect climate, the EMIT mission launches to the International Space Station on Thursday, July 14.
NASA's New Mineral Dust Detector Readies for Launch
Riding aboard will be EMIT, a mission developed at JPL to identify the composition of airborne mineral dust from Earth’s arid regions and analyze its effects on climate.
NASA Highlights Climate Research on Cargo Launch, Sets Coverage
Severe storms may become more intense due to global warming, and hailstorms, a type of severe storm, can be more damaging than hurricanes. A NASA project is creating better ways to predict these unusual weather events.
SMASHing New Maps of Hailstorms
As global warming melts away Arctic sea ice, polar bears are scrambling to find ice on which to hunt. But Greenland’s fjords harbor a small but unique group of polar bears that rely on glacial ice.
Subpopulation of Greenland Polar Bears Found by NASA-Funded Study
An instrument on the space station documented how built and natural surfaces responded to record heat in Las Vegas. (Image source: pixabay.com)
NASA's ECOSTRESS Sees Las Vegas Streets Turn Up the Heat