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Thu, 22 Oct 2020 11:00 EDT

NASA scientists are combining data from water samples containing fish DNA with satellite data to find native fish and identify their habitats.

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Fri, 25 Sep 2020 10:00 EDT

The August Complex Fire and others this fire season have been sending far-reaching plumes of wildfire smoke into the atmosphere that worsen air quality in California and beyond. Predicting where that smoke will travel and how bad the air will be downwind is a challenge, but Earth-observing satellites can help.

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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.

ASTER Digital Elevation Model Version 3 Released

GDEM3 shaded relief topography of San Francisco
GDEM3 shaded relief topography of San Francisco

How tall is Mount Everest? How low is Death Valley? How high are the hills behind your home? What about the elevation of your favorite lake or river? Between the most northern islands of Greenland and the interior of Antarctica, elevation data from the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) Global Digital Elevation Model (GDEM) Version 3 can be accessed for free. The data is downloadable from Japan Space Systems and from NASA’s Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center (LP DAAC).

The GDEM covers more land area at a higher resolution, while also decreasing water area anomalies. This is due in large part to the development of an additional new product, the ASTER Water Body Dataset (ASTWBD), which identifies all water bodies as either ocean, river, or lake. This is the first product providing a water mask that covers nearly the entire surface of Earth.

Read the entire press release https://lpdaac.usgs.gov/news/nasa-and-meti-release-aster-global-dem-version-3/

Read more from NASA Earthdata https://earthdata.nasa.gov/learn/articles/new-aster-gdem

ASTER GDEM and ASTWBD tiles may be downloaded from:

Japan Space Systems ­– http://www.jspacesystems.or.jp/ersdac/GDEM/E/

LP DAAC’s, NASA’s Earthdata Search –  https://search.earthdata.nasa.gov/

LP DAAC’s Data Pool ­– https://lpdaac.usgs.gov/tools/data-pool/.

The data are available with transformation services via the Application for Extracting and Exploring Analysis Ready Samples (AρρEEARS) at https://lpdaacsvc.cr.usgs.gov/appeears/.