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Disaster Updates

  • In response to Tropical Storm/Hurricane Isaias, the NASA Earth Applied Sciences Disasters program area created maps showing areas of likely flooding and damage from the July 2020 storm in The Bahamas and Dominican Republic. This Flood Proxy Map (FPM) shows...
    This Flood Proxy Map (FPM) shows areas that are likely flooded in blue across the Dominican Republic. The map was derived from synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data acquired on July 31, 2020 by the Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellites operated by the European S
  • Join us for Applied Sciences Week – a week-long virtual celebration of many ways NASA Earth science is being utilized to make our world a better place. Spearheaded by NASA Earth Applied Sciences Program, Applied Sciences Week will highlight experts and end users from within and outside the agency, speaking about everything from space-borne to boots-on-the-ground solutions to our planet's most...
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  • The new projects look at food- and water-supply stability and how changes in human activity are affecting the environment. The COVID-19 pandemic has touched most aspects of human life. In recent months, NASA has initiated research projects focused on how the human response to the pandemic has affected our environment, like how air quality has improved in the wake of reduced vehicular...
    This preliminary map shows the slowdown of activity at Disneyland in California. Areas in blue indicate a reduction in vehicle concentration or movement as a result of COVID-19 pandemic response efforts. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/EOS at Nanyang Techn
  • Researchers from the NASA Earth Applied Sciences Disasters Program are working with building exposure datasets developed by the “Modelling Exposure Through Earth Observation Routines” (METEOR) project to estimate the number and value of buildings in Africa affected by flooding rainfall in the spring of 2020....
    This Building Exposure Map shows the location and estimated value of buildings in the Democratic Republic of Congo for 2020. Credit: METEOR Project Consortium
  • Sang-Ho Yun, a geophysicist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), has maintained a passion for the Earth since he was young. Early on, he also developed an interest in physics. Physics, he says, is “simple, beautiful and scalable.” Physics is a foundational framework that we can use to understand our universe and, for Yun, the dynamic, ever-changing Earth. Yun first studied Earth science at...
    This Damage Proxy Map (DPM), produced by ARIA and the Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS) to aid in response efforts for Cyclone Amphan, shows likely damaged areas in red and yellow near the border of India and Bangladesh. The product was produced using

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

August 13, 2020

Double Cloud Trouble
Two atmospheric rivers hit Australia’s east and west coasts with severe rains on the same day.


August 6, 2020

No Rest for Nishinoshima
Volcanic activity that ramped up in late May 2020 has continued into August.


August 3, 2020

Smoke from Apple Fire Spreads
Wildfire smoke from California traveled hundreds to miles and obscured skies in central Arizona.


July 31, 2020

Hurricane Isaias Moves Over the Carribean
The storm is heading for a brush with Florida’s Atlantic Coast.


July 31, 2020

Hurricane Isaias Moves Over the Caribbean
A category 1 hurricane is headed for a brush with Florida’s Atlantic Coast.



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