Image from TERRA
Thu, 10 Sep 2020 10:46 EDT

The year 2020 will be remembered for being a very trying year and western wildfires have just added to the year's woes.

Image from TERRA
Thu, 03 Sep 2020 11:00 EDT

While scientists around the world are confined to their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, Earth observing satellites continue to orbit and send back images that reveal connections between the pandemic and the environment.

Image from TERRA
Tue, 01 Sep 2020 16:23 EDT

Earth-observing instruments on satellites and aircraft are mapping the current fires, providing data products to agencies on the ground that are responding to the emergency.

Tools and Data Quick Reference

Supplies for Backyard Research

  • Rain Gauge: CoCoRaHS Website has a list of suppliers, approximately $20-25
  • Wooden 4″ X 4″ Post with a beveled top for mounting gauge
  • Tools for placing the post into the ground such as a shovel, drill,screwdriver, hammer, nails/screws and level to attach gauge to post.
  • Detailed map of your location
  • Google Earth (to identify the latitude and longitude of your testsite)
  • Data sampling sheet, available in the Tools section of this guide and from idoscience.net, where you can share your observations withother citizen scientists.

Additional background information on the tools used can be found on the CoCoRaHS, rainlog.org and GLOBE websites.

Data and Tools for Earth Observation

  • Giovanni
    TRMM Online Visualization and Analysis System.

    • Giovanni
      is a Web-based application developed by the GES DISC that provides a simple and intuitive way to visualize, analyze, and access vast amounts of Earth science remote sensing data without having to download the data.
  • Google Earth
  • Additional exploration of satellite data can be done in NEO or NASA Earth Observations. NEO was designed to provide access to and simple analysis of satellite imagery in uniform, familiar data formats. NEO is for educators and students, citizen scientists, and informal educators like museums.