Making Space for Earth

Photo of bull in Kenya after eating prickly pear cactus
Jun 13, 2018
For many years, pastoralists in Northern Kenya have been affected by Opuntia stricta, an invasive cactus native to the Caribbean region and commonly referred to as prickly pear. This invasive species not only has overtaken the landscape and shrunken the forage space for both wildlife and livestock... Read More
Nov 13, 2017
Earth observations are aiding the mission to end river blindness. When a former president of the United States asked for assistance in eliminating a debilitating disease from the Americas, it was a challenge we decided to take on.
River blindness
Oct 30, 2017
What’s a long-billed dowitcher worth? How about a spotted sandpiper? For some rice farmers in California’s Central Valley, renting out a priceless avian oasis is bringing both economic benefits and ecological rewards.
Flock of birds in flight
Oct 16, 2017
Atlanta is a bustling American metropolis of concrete and steel. It also boasts extensive parks, gardens, and urban forests. As with other growing metro areas, the city has been seeking ways to balance this green canopy and its vital infrastructure—especially as its population is expected to double... Read More
Photo of Atlanta's cityscape
Oct 2, 2017
Located on the southern shore of Georgian Bay in Ontario, the idyllic Great Lakes town of Collingwood has been battling a growing problem—an invasive wetland reed called Phragmites australis. And the town is not alone in its fight.
Photo of girl in field
Earth, Climate Change
Sep 18, 2017
It’s estimated that Hurricane Harvey dumped more than 30 trillion gallons of water across parts of the U.S. – most of it in east Texas and Louisiana.
Satellite image of Hurricane Harvey's precipitation over Texas
Sep 5, 2017
Along Antarctica’s coastline, marine mammals, seabirds, and aquatic life thrive in the icy, krill-rich waters of the Southern Ocean. One of many species that depends on krill for their diet, Adélie penguins are distributed around the Antarctic coast and nest in some the world’s most remote places.
Four penguins standing on ice
Aug 21, 2017
The ecological footprint of the world’s tropical rainforests is enormous. It’s estimated they support 50 percent of all terrestrial life, yet cover less than seven percent of the globe. A SERVIR project put space-based rainforest data online which is fostering innovative applications in Africa.
Photo of gorillas in a rainforest
Aug 7, 2017
Flooding killed more than 125 people in the U.S. in 2016. When disasters threaten the lives of Americans, NASA Earth Science uses its perspective from space to assist response and recovery efforts.
Photo of cars submerged in flood water
Jul 24, 2017
The U.S. is predicting droughts sooner with satellites which lets the U.S. agriculture community tap into space-based data to see this stress before it takes its toll.
Two farmers standing a field looking at mobile device
Jul 10, 2017
Spaceborne data is monitoring mosquitos in the name of public health. It’s a simple tactic in mosquito combat—find out where the little bloodsuckers are headed and cut them off at the pass. An online system is using NASA data to do just that.
close up photograph of mosquito
Jun 23, 2017
Burned Area Emergency Response teams— they may be one of most important parts of wildfires that you’ve probably never heard of. As the last flames of a raging wildfire are being contained, these BAER crews begin safeguarding lives, property, and natural resources threatened by additional perils... Read More
Photo of bare trees in forest after fire