Image from TERRA
Thu, 07 Oct 2021 13:00 EDT

The U.S. Forest Service now has a powerful way to view near-real time fire detection from NASA satellite data that they can include in their hourly air quality forecasts.

Image from TERRA
Thu, 23 Sep 2021 14:53 EDT

New NASA research shows that by releasing heat and moisture through a large hole in sea ice known as a polynya, the exposed ocean fuels the formation of more clouds that trap heat in the atmosphere and hinder the refreezing of new sea ice.

Image from TERRA
Tue, 24 Aug 2021 13:05 EDT

Smoke from several large wildfires burning in Northern California can be seen traveling miles into the atmosphere.

Additional Information

Feature Articles about Air Quality

  1. Allen, J. (2002, January 27). Chemistry in the Sunlight. Earth Observatory. Accessed May 12, 2009.
  2. Allen, J. (2002, April 19). The Ozone We Breathe Earth Observatory. Accessed May 12, 2009.
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  4. Hardin, M and Kahn, R. Aerosols & Climate Change. Earth Observatory. Accessed May 12, 2009.
  5. Lindsey, R. (2004, August 17). A New IDEA in Air Quality Monitoring. Earth Observatory. Accessed May 12, 2009.
  6. Lindsey, R. (2004, January 5). Smoke’s Surprising Secret. Earth Observatory. Accessed May 12, 2009.

Information about Satellite Data

  1. Aerosol Optical Depth. Earth Observatory. Accessed May 12, 2009.
  2. Fire. Earth Observatory. Accessed May 12, 2009.
  3. The Giovanni-NEO Instructional Cookbook. Giovanni. Accessed May 12, 2009.
  4. U.S. Air Quality: The Smog Blog University of Maryland Baltimore County. Accessed May 12, 2009.
  5. Understanding the Images. Smog Blog. Accessed May 12, 2009.