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August 8, 2017
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Agricultural crops can wither in a flash when the days turn hot, the air dries, the rain stops and moisture evaporates quickly from the soil. A new early warning system developed by two nationally recognized centers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, along with the U.S. Geological Survey, can help alert stakeholders as drought begins. The Quick Drought Response Index, or QuickDRI, is a weekly alarm sensitive to early-stage drought conditions and rapidly evolving drought events. Developed by the National Drought Mitigation Center in coordination with USGS, the index combines and analyzes four drought indicators – precipitation, soil moisture, vegetation health and evaporative moisture loss from plants — all at once to better "see" drought conditions emerge before traditional drought-monitoring tools. QuickDRI transitioned to operational status with the U.S. Drought Monitor and USGS in June, 2017, improving our ability to detect and monitor drought across the U.S.

 

August 8, 2017
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This article is one of many that highlighted the work of the Cyanobacteria Assessment Network (CyAN), a multi-agency project among the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and EPA to develop an early warning indicator system using historical and current satellite data to detect algal blooms in U.S. freshwater systems. This research supports federal, state, and local partners in their monitoring efforts to assess water quality to protect aquatic and human health. EPA Region 8 requested specific support for the State of Utah with early access to the imagery based on the severity of blooms from the previous year. A cyanobacteria bloom in Utah Lake was identified just before the July 4th weekend. The news articles related to the Utah DEQ press release acknowledge the bloom was first detected via satellite imagery early warning!

 

August 8, 2017
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In June of 2017, Earth & Space Science News released an article on the use of Earth Observations to better inform farmers of irrigation needs. Researchers from the University of Washington and Pakistan are using 21st century technology to revive farming as a profitable profession in the Indus Valley.

 

August 8, 2017
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On June 11, 2017, the Los Angeles Times ran a front-page story on NASA's SnowEx campaign titled "Measuring the snowpack goes high-tech with airborne lasers and radar".

 

August 8, 2017
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ASCE has honored Soroosh Sorooshian, Ph.D., M.ASCE, with the 2017 Ven Te Chow Award for his pioneering work in hydrologic science and water resources systems engineering, including hydrometeorology, hydroclimate studies, and application of remote sensing with special focus on the hydrologic cycle and water resources issues. Established in 1995, the Ven Te Chow Award recognizes individuals whose lifetime achievements in the field of hydrologic engineering have been distinguished by exceptional achievement and significant contributions in research, education, or practice.

 

August 1, 2017
ISS Georeferenced Digital Camera Images from Montenegro Wildfires 2017
Click here to view the full image collection and download  high quality georeferenced images. This collection of digital camera images was taken by astronauts onboard the International Space Station on August 1st, 2017, then manually georeferenced by members of the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit at NASA Johnson Space Center

 

June 22, 2017
SAR map for 2017 Uruguay Flooding. Credit: Batuhan Osmanoglu (GSFC) and Rashied (JPL).
On May 24, 2017, a series of extreme rainfall events began impacting the west and northwest regions or Uruguay. These rains caused severe flooding in the Departments of Salto, Paysandú and Artigas.  SAR floods maps. The dates and locations depicted in these images are as follows:
  • Upper left: Salto - 6/14/2017
  • Upper Right: Itaqui - 6/9/2017
  • Lower Left: Colón - 6/14/2017
  • Lower Right: closeup for Itaqui - 6/9/2017

 

June 16, 2017
Flood detection / intensity map for Uruguay from the GFMS
On May 24, 2017, a series of extreme rainfall events began impacting the west and northwest regions or Uruguay. These rains caused severe flooding in the Departments of Salto, Paysandú and Artigas. 

 

June 14, 2017
ISS Georeferenced Digital Camera Images from South Africa wildfires 2017
Click here to view the full image collection and download  high quality georeferenced images. This collection of digital camera images was taken by astronauts onboard the International Space Station on June 14th, 2017, then manually georeferenced by members of the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit at NASA Johnson Space Center

 

June 10, 2017
SNPP/VIIRS Automatic flood detection may in Uruguay from May 27 - June 10 2017
On May 24, 2017, a series of extreme rainfall events began impacting the west and northwest regions or Uruguay. These rains caused severe flooding in the Departments of Salto, Paysandú and Artigas.

 

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