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Evapotranspiration: Watching Over Water Use

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As soil and other surfaces dry, water is transferred into the air as water vapor. That is evaporation. Plants actively release water, moving it out of their leaves and stems and into the drier air. That is transpiration. Combine the…

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NASA Satellites Help Plan Future for Palau Fish Stocks

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It’s the weekend, and freshly caught fish sizzles on the grill. The view: an unforgettable beach and the cobalt blues of the Pacific Ocean in the backdrop. This is not paradise. It’s a typical Sunday for many people in Palau,…

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Seeing the COVID-19 Pandemic from Space

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Economic and social shutdowns in response to the COVID-19 pandemic have led to noticeable changes in Earth’s environment, at least for the short term. NASA researchers are using satellite and ground-based observations to track these impacts on our air, land,…

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AGU Panel Explores Environmental Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic, as Observed from Space

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COVID-19 has changed the way we live and work, as various health and safety restrictions keep more of us at home more often. The resulting changes to our behavior are already impacting the environment around us in myriad ways, according…

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Satellite Data Meets Cellular DNA for Species of Interest

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The roughly 23-million-acre National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska is rich in oil and gas resources – and rich in native fish populations. NASA scientists are combining data from water samples containing fish DNA with satellite data to find native fish…

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NASA Population Modeling Makes Humanitarian Efforts More Precise

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Models based in part on a method NASA has used to track and count wild salmon in Nevada can now be used by governments and humanitarian organizations to more accurately estimate populations and allocate aid to remote regions of the…

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Transforming Water Management in the U.S. West with NASA Data

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Building upon more than two decades of research, a new web-based platform called OpenET will soon be putting NASA data in the hands of farmers, water managers and conservation groups to accelerate improvements and innovations in water management. OpenET uses…

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Pinpointing Tropical Forests with High Ecological ‘Quality’

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Editor’s note, Jan. 14, 2021: This feature has been corrected to show that the data used came from the ICESat satellite, not ICESat-2 as originally published. High-resolution NASA satellite data have made it possible for scientists to develop maps showing the…

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NASA Study Maps the Roots of Global Mangrove Loss

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Using high-resolution data from the joint NASA-U.S. Geological Survey Landsat program, researchers have created the first map of the causes of change in global mangrove habitats between 2000 and 2016 – a valuable tool to aid conservation efforts for these…

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Early Detection of Algae ‘Blooms’ by Satellite Yields Healthcare Savings

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The use of NASA satellite data by environmental managers tracking harmful algal bloom outbreaks along lakefronts and coasts can result in earlier detections that yield significant savings on healthcare, lost work hours and other economic costs. A NASA-funded case study published…

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