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Hurricane Idalia as photographed by NASA's Terra satellite in August 2023. The swirling mass of the hurricane passes over some land masses and the ocean.

NASA, IBM Research to Release New AI Model for Weather, Climate

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By Jessica Barnett Working together, NASA and IBM Research have developed a new artificial intelligence model to support a variety of weather and climate applications. The new model – known as the Prithvi-weather-climate foundational model – uses artificial intelligence (AI)…

Article3 days ago
A square grid containing arrows pointing in the direction of the aerosol flow, which is mainly toward the top righthand side of the grid.

NASA “Wildfire Digital Twin” Pioneers New AI Models and Streaming Data Techniques for Forecasting Fire and Smoke

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NASA’s “Wildfire Digital Twin” project will equip firefighters and wildfire managers with a superior tool for monitoring wildfires and predicting harmful air pollution events and help researchers observe global wildfire trends more precisely.

Article4 days ago

5 Things to Know About NASA’s Tiny Twin Polar Satellites

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Editor’s note: The date for NASA’s first PREFIRE launch has changed to no earlier than Saturday, May 25. Additional updates can be found on NASA’s Small Satellites blog. Called PREFIRE, this CubeSat duo will boost our understanding of how much heat Earth’s…

Article1 week ago

How ‘Glowing’ Plants Could Help Scientists Predict Flash Drought

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An unusual boost in plant productivity can foreshadow severe soil water loss. NASA satellites are following the clues. Flaring up rapidly and with little warning, the drought that gripped much of the United States in the summer of 2012 was…

Article2 weeks ago

NASA Teammates Recall Favorite Memories Aboard Flying Laboratory

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After flying more than three decades and 158 science campaigns, just one flight remains. NASA’s DC-8 Airborne Science Laboratory will make its final flight May 15 to Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho, where it will be used to train…

Article2 weeks ago

Meet NASA Women Behind World’s Largest Flying Laboratory

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NASA’s DC-8 aircraft – the world’s largest flying science laboratory – began its science missions in 1987 and since then, has flown in service of the science community over places like Antarctica, Greenland, and Thailand. Aircraft like the DC-8 have…

Article2 weeks ago

NASA to Discuss New Polar Climate Mission During Media Teleconference

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NASA is hosting a media call at 3 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, May 15, to discuss the agency’s PREFIRE (Polar Radiant Energy in the Far-InfraRed Experiment) mission, which aims to improve life on Earth by studying heat loss from Earth’s polar…

News Release

New Proposals to Help NASA Advance Knowledge of Our Changing Climate

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NASA has selected four proposals for concept studies of missions to help us better understand Earth science key focus areas for the benefit of all including greenhouse gases, the ozone layer, ocean surface currents, and changes in ice and glaciers…

News Release

International SWOT Mission Can Improve Flood Prediction

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A partnership between NASA and the French space agency, the satellite is poised to help improve forecasts of where and when flooding will occur in Earth’s rivers, lakes, and reservoirs. Rivers, lakes, and reservoirs are like our planet’s arteries, carrying…

Article3 weeks ago
Two orange and black-striped tigers rest on their bellies in snow and look directly at the camera.

NASA Is Helping Protect Tigers, Jaguars, and Elephants. Here’s How.

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As human populations grow, habitat loss threatens many creatures. Mapping wildlife habitat using satellites is a rapidly expanding area of ecology, and NASA satellites play a crucial role in these efforts. Tigers, jaguars, and elephants are a few of the…

Article3 weeks ago
Two people wearing white lab coats standing beside a small, box-shaped satellite in a laboratory

Two Small NASA Satellites Will Measure Soil Moisture, Volcanic Gases

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Two NASA pathfinding missions were recently deployed into low-Earth orbit, where they are demonstrating novel technologies for observing atmospheric gases, measuring freshwater, and even detecting signs of potential volcanic eruptions. The Signals of Opportunity P-Band Investigation (SNoOPI), a low-noise radio…

Article3 weeks ago

NASA-Led Study Provides New Global Accounting of Earth’s Rivers

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The novel approach to estimating river water storage and discharge also identifies regions marked by ‘fingerprints’ of intense water use. A study led by NASA researchers provides new estimates of how much water courses through Earth’s rivers, the rates at…

Article4 weeks ago

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