March 26, 2019
Dr. Amber Soja giving a presentation on wildfire research.
Click here to view the full tweet and video.  Dr. Amber Soja's work using remote sensing to study links between wildland fire and climate change was highlighted by NASA Earth on Twitter this week.  The tweet came as a salute to women in science on International Women's Day.  An interview with Dr. Soja posted on Twitter describes how she and her Applied Science teams use NASA data to reduce the cost of fire suppression through operational awareness, fire mitigation and prescribed landscape fires.  Dr. Soja further describes how NASA data are used to identify deviations in Northern hemisphere, upper latitude landscape fires that are largely driven by changing climate.  The interview has captured the attention of more than 16,000 followers, spreading valuable knowledge of Earth science.


March 19, 2019
Natural-color mosaic image acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites on March 13th, 2019. Credit: NASA Earth Observatory
MODIS Helps Researchers Track Midwest "Bomb Cyclone" Storm System // Suomi NPP VIIRS Tracks Location and Spread of Fires in Victoria, Australia to Aid Firefighters // GPM Measures Precipitation in Destructive Cyclone Idai in Mozambique to Predict Potential Floods and Landslides


February 26, 2019
On February 21st, Jeremy Kirkendall gave an overview of the NASA Disasters Mapping Portal during a panel session at the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Outlook Forum. There were approximately 75 people in attendance for the talk, which was very well received. Several new contacts were established with the USDA disasters staff and other researcheres who wanted to colloborate and share data with the Disasters Program.    A number of people, including foreign users, expressed interest in ingesting near real-time services from the Mapping Portal to help with agricultural outlook forecasts and disaster recovery. The industry was very receptive of new data as they are always tyring to forecast the cost and yield of product.


February 1, 2019
Garrett Layne gives an overview and demonstration of the NASA Disasters Mapping Portal.
On Wednesday January 30th, members of the NASA Disasters Program hosted a one hour Special Interest Group (SIG) session at the Esri Federal GIS Conference in Washington, DC. There were around 40 attendees present, including representatives from USDA, the World Bank, U.S. Census Bureau, USACE, Leidos, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Blue Raster, Esri, among others.


January 29, 2019
Esri Federal Conference Logo
The NASA Disasters Program was highlighted at Esri’s Federal Geographic Information System (GIS) conference plenary session on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 in Washington, D.C. The presentation was viewed by several thousand conference attendees and introduced the audience to the breadth of work in NASA’s earth science program. Jack Dangermond, the founder and owner of Esri, described how different agencies were utilizing their GIS products to respond to disasters through story maps. Dangermond featured a slide which included NASA’s response efforts to the Kilauea Eruption, Hurricane Florence, and California Wildfire story maps. Later in the presentation, the Disasters Portal was also shown as part of a “success story” of content feeding into FEMA’s GeoPlatform, created as a result of the Geospatial Data Act. The NASA Disasters Program will also be hosting a Special Interest Group meeting at the conference on Wednesday, January 30. This will serve as an opportunity to highlight the program’s important work during 2018, as well as provide an overview of the program, the NASA Disasters Portal and an opportunity to engage and learn from stakeholders.


November 13, 2018
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"Innovation Now" is a daily 90-second radio series and podcast that gives listeners a front row seat to hear compelling stories of revolutionary ideas, emerging technologies and the people behind the concepts that are shaping our future. In the November 9th 2018 episode "Fire and Air", NASA Wildfire researcher Amber Soja was interviewed on how NASA uses the vantage of space to safeguard our future.


November 6, 2018
CWU GPS Network in Roseburg, Oregon  The NASA Earth Science Disasters program works to improve disaster resilience by working with other organizations that have valuable insight on natural hazards. Tim Melbourne, Professor at Central Washington University (CWU) and Director of the Pacific Northwest Geodetic Array (PANGA) Geodesy Laboratory works with the Disasters team to provide valuable information on earthquake and tsunami activity in the Pacific Northwest. PANGA analyzes and measures crustal deformation which is the changing earth’s surface caused by tectonic forces that are accumulated in earth’s crust that causes and accompanies large earthquakes and many tsunamis. Measuring and analyzing the changing earth’s surface helps agencies, governments and other entities mitigate natural hazards throughout the circum-Pacific Ring of Fire, where natural hazards include earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides and coastal sea-level encroachment.Melbourne’s group at CWU provides real-time analysis of information streamed in from their real-time GPS systems that have been installed by CWU throughout the Pacific Northwest as well as by many other network operators throughout the world. Analyses from these systems are then passed on to NASA, The National Weather Service, NOAA, and other agencies to research, reduce and mitigate natural disasters. At NASA in particular, Melbourne works directly with the Disasters program to analyze seismic activity from an earthquake that has occurred and provide valued input to the team on information that can be relayed back to NASA partners and stakeholders such as FEMA.  


October 26, 2018
NASA Global Flood Risk Workshop in Boulder, CO
NASA Global Flood Risk Workshop in Boulder, CO The NASA Earth Science Disasters Team attended the Global Flood Risk Workshop held on October 1-3, 2018 in Boulder, CO. The workshop brought together government agencies, humanitarian aid organizations, insurance and re-insurance providers, private sector industries, as well as academic and research institutions from around the world to increase collaboration and improve access to and flow of information around flood risk. Flood risk assessments of both exposure and vulnerability should leverage the best available data- but often those producing or using such assessments are unaware of what is available. The goal of the workshop was to reach a consensus of priority actions as a new Flood Risk Community of Practice (FRCP) to solve the main challenges in flood risk estimation at global scales, and aligning those actions with the goals of GEO Global Flood Risk Monitoring (GEO 2017-2019 Work Programme) and of The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. During the meeting, the following discussions occurred: Status quo - what flood data is out there, what is missing; Flood financing – how best to move towards forecast based financing to assure release of aid in time and to have a proper insurance system in place for flooding; and new technologies – how can online and social media and commercialization of space help in identifying flood risk areas.


October 26, 2018
Photo control panels and screens.
Rio De Janeiro Center of Operations  Research Physical Scientist and Landslide Disaster Event Lead at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center Dalia Kirschbaum met with the Rio de Janeiro City Government, the City Operations Center (COR) and the Instituto Pereira Passos (IPP) September 12-14th, 2018. NASA has formed a partnership with the City of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to utilize NASA’s earth observation data to improve landslide prediction, studies on urban heat islands, air and water quality monitoring, and education activities in Rio de Janeiro. Information on the partnership is available at:


September 25, 2018
A storm captured by RainCube is seen here in infrared from a single, large weather satellite, NOAA's GOES (Geoweather Operational Environmental Satellite). Image Credit: NOAA 
The same storm captured by RainCube is seen here in infrared from a single, large weather satellite, NOAA's GOES (Geoweather Operational Environmental Satellite). Image Credit: NOAA  The RainCube (Radar in a CubeSat) uses experimental technology to see storms by detecting rain and snow with very small instruments. The people behind the miniature mission celebrated after RainCube sent back its first images of a storm over Mexico in a technology demonstration in August. Its second wave of images in September caught the first rainfall of Hurricane Florence. The small satellite is a prototype for a possible fleet of RainCubes that could one day help monitor severe storms, lead to improving the accuracy of weather forecasts and track climate change over time.