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  • April 18, 2018
    Video of A Week of Heavy Rainfall Over Hawaiian Islands A low pressure trough moving slowly westward through the northwestern Hawaiian Islands caused destructive flooding and mudslides over the past weekend. The trough disrupted the normal northeast trade winds flow north of Oahu on April 12, 2018. This caused extremely heavy rainfall as the trough deepened and moved very slowly over Kauai...
    GPM IMERG rainfall accumulation from 4/10/18 - 4/16/18.
  • March 15, 2018
    The NASA Earth Science Division (ESD), Applied Sciences Program solicits proposals for user-centric applications research enabling risk-informed decisions and actions. Please review the entire Disasters Program Element Appendix here:...
  • March 7, 2018
    To map the spatial extent of the Montecito mudflows that occurred on 9th January 2018, east of Santa Barbara we used optical...
    Optical images acquired by Planet Labs’ dove satellite constellation
  • February 17, 2018
    Interferogram from modified Copernicus Sentinel-1 SAR data acquired 2018/02/17 and 02/05 shows earthquake fault slip on subduction megathrust beneath coast caused up to 40 cm of uplift of the ground surface. Interferometric SAR (InSAR) analysis was automatically performed by Caltech-JPL ARIA data system. Main image shows motion towards satellite (up and west) in radar line-of-sight direction....
    Motion towards satellite (up and west) in radar line-of-sight direction.
  • February 17, 2018
    Rewrapped Sentinel-1 Interferogram for the M7.2 Pinotepa de Don Luis, Mexico earthquake from Feb 16, 2018.  Ascending Sentinel-1 SAR interferogram rewrapped to 10cm color contours of line-of-sight surface deformation. The frame was processed automatically by the UAF SARVIEWS processing service (http://sarviews-hazards.alaska.edu/). Sentinel-1 data...
    SARs image of the Oaxaca Mexico Earthquake.

About the NASA Disasters Program

The Disasters Applications area promotes the use of Earth observations to improve prediction of, preparation for, response to, and recovery from natural and technological disasters. Disaster applications and applied research on natural hazards support emergency preparedness leaders in developing mitigation approaches, such as early warning systems, and providing information and maps to disaster response and recovery teams.


Earth Observatory

April 19, 2018

NASA Mapping Hurricane Damage to Everglades
A research team flew over the Everglades and found that an estimated 60 percent of their mangrove study areas were heavily or severely damaged by hurricanes in 2017.

April 13, 2018

Fires Rage in Oklahoma
Fast-burning fires have created a dangerous situation in the western part of the state.

April 12, 2018

Activity at Aoba Volcano
A volcano on Vanuatu’s Ambae Island sent a plume of ash and gas streaming across the South Pacific Ocean.

April 11, 2018

Tropical Cyclone Keni
The second tropical cyclone to hit Fiji in April 2018 delivered more flooding to the island group.

April 9, 2018

Coloring Lake Pontchartrain
Warm temperatures followed by an influx of nutrients sparked a series of phytoplankton blooms in the Louisiana lake.