June 6, 2016
Asteroid-mining company Planetary Resources secured $21.1 million in Series A funding that will be used to deploy and operate Ceres, an Earth-observation business that features a commercial infrared and hyperspectral sensor platform to better understand and manage natural resources.
June 6, 2016
The European Space Agency (ESA) released the first Sentinel-1 satellite images sent via the European Data Relay System (EDRS), also known as the SpaceDataHighway. The two radar images were taken over La Reunion Island and its coastal area.
May 31, 2016
The Alberta Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry reports that the Fort McMurray wildfire is now estimated to be more than 522,892 hectacres in size (1,292,094 acres—an area larger than the state of Rhode Island).
May 23, 2016
According to aerial surveys conducted by the U.S. Forest Service in summer 2015, the recent California drought resulted in millions of dead trees, mainly in the state’s Sierra Nevada mountain regions. NASA researchers found that years of California’s drought conditions, however, have not slowed the regrowth of tree and shrub cover in some areas burned by wildfires.
May 23, 2016
Satellite readings show that atmospheric methane and carbon dioxide are continuing to increase despite global efforts to reduce emissions. Methane concentrations were somewhat constant until 2007, but since then have increased about 0.3 percent per year, whereas global carbon dioxide levels continue to rise at about 0.5 percent per year.
May 17, 2016
John Goolgasian III is the Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Source Operations and Management Directorate, a position he has held since 2014. He has also served the NGA as Deputy Director of Source Operations and Management Directorate, Director of the Foundation GEOINT Group in Source, and the Director of the Office of Counterterrorism.
May 16, 2016
The North Atlantic Aerosols and Marine Ecosystems Study (NAAMES), a five-year NASA-funded study, is the first NASA Earth Venture-Suborbital mission focused on studying the coupled ocean ecosystem and atmosphere using ships and aircraft simultaneously.
May 10, 2016
One of the largest Earth-observation conferences in the world began on May 9, 2016, as thousands of scientists from around the world gathered in the Czech Republic to present their latest findings on our changing planet.
May 9, 2016
In early May 2016, a destructive wildfire burned through Canada’s Fort McMurray in the Northern Alberta region, forcing the evacuation of more than 80,000 people.