Making Space for Earth

Photo of group training
Aug 6, 2018
Following four decades of conflict, Afghanistan faces environmental challenges on many fronts, including a growing water crisis across the country. Less than a third of the country’s population has access to clean drinking water, causing thousands of deaths each year due to contamination and poor... Read More
Jul 23, 2018
World history is marked with notable women who have made significant contributions to science and technology. Despite recent achievements and progress, though, women make up less than 30% of the world researchers in science and technology and the figure is less than 20% in some places, particularly... Read More
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Jul 9, 2018
The timing and onset of rainfall is crucial for hundreds of thousands of farmers in the developing world when sowing, fertilizing and harvesting crops. Unpredictability in weather, and rainfall in particular, poses a serious challenge that results in missed opportunities for maximizing crop yields.
Photo of two women working in a rice field.
Jun 25, 2018
Forest fires have adverse ecological and economic effects and are a major concern in many countries, including Nepal. During the long, dry summers, Nepal experiences many forest fires. In 2016, a record number of fires were reported killing 15 people and consuming an area of 13,000 square... Read More
Satellite image of smoke from fire in Nepal
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
Photo of bull in Kenya after eating prickly pear cactus
May 20, 2018
USAID and NASA are supporting women scientists around the world to use science and technology to improve resilience and raise the visibility of women in science. More than 30 women scientists and experts work with the USAID- and NASA- supported SERVIR program to solve their countries... Read More
Photo of Participants of the SERVIR Service Planning,  Workshop in Nairobi, Kenya
May 20, 2018
More than half of Kenya’s nearly 50 million citizens work in the agricultural sector, underscoring the important role farming plays in Kenya’s economy and individuals’ livelihoods. Despite the importance of agriculture, up until recently the Government of Kenya had been using outdated cropland maps... Read More
Photo of Kenya people doing fieldwork training for remote sensing
May 7, 2018
Continuous streams of Earth observations and information made possible by NASA form the foundation for critical environmental planning and decisions by people all over the world. But many organizations and governments are resource challenged and lack the capacity to put these timely insights to... Read More
Group photo of NASA and University of Twente groups
Apr 23, 2018
Christopher Hain of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, has released a new global geospatial dataset to benefit agriculture and food security around the world. The new dataset, called the Evaporative Stress Index (ESI), is available online and produced weekly at 5-kilometer... Read More
Global ESI data map
Mar 27, 2018
The crucial role forests play in our world cannot be underestimated. All countries rely on forests for the clean air, abundant wood and other resources they provide. To enhance preservation and monitoring of this natural resource, SERVIR and SilvaCarbon launched a series of global workshops this... Read More
Photo of group of people in Nepal
Mar 12, 2018
NASA satellites are helping Wisconsin develop a clearer picture of its diverse and abundant fauna. Through a partnership project called Snapshot Wisconsin, scientists and managers are focusing on better wildlife management by linking spaceborne views with keen eyes on the ground.
photo of deer
Feb 26, 2018
Few things in nature are as impressive as watching salmon valiantly leap upstream through raging rivers to spawn their next generation. Their journey can be thousands of kilometers long, and once completed, most salmon species die within a week after spawning.
Photo of fishing boat
Feb 13, 2018
Coral reefs are some of the most diverse ecosystems on Earth. Known as the "rainforests of the sea," they are home to more than a quarter of all marine species. Yet they beauty and vitality of the coral reef environments are threatened—and the reasons are numerous. 
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Jan 29, 2018
Despite its massive size, the blue whale is listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Learn how earth-observing satellites are reducing our impacts on threatened marine wildlife.
Photo of ship at sea
Jan 16, 2018
The largest contiguous irrigation system on Earth provides water to 100 million people across South Asia. Until recently, monitoring the amount and location of available irrigation water could be a large undertaking of both labor and equipment. Enter Earth-observing satellites. Now, that enormous... Read More
Satellite image of water and land