Valley fever is a dangerous threat to human health – and cases are on the rise in the arid southwestern United States, as wind from increasing dust storms can transport the fungal spores that cause the disease. Valley fever is caused by the Coccidioides fungus, which grows in dirt and fields and can cause fever, rash and coughing. Using NASA resear
In a decade filled by record-breaking events including raging wildfires, numerous hurricanes, unseasonal flooding and historically cold temperatures, NASA has continued to learn more about how the planet is changing and the effect it has on Earth’s systems.
Fertilizers used in farming contain high amounts of nutrients, such as phosphorous, to help crops grow. But these same nutrients can cause unwanted plant growth and potentially harm ecosystems miles away if agricultural runoff flows into nearby rivers, lakes, or coastal waters.
Farmers, researchers, meteorologists, and others now have access to high-resolution NASA data on soil moisture, thanks to a new tool developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), NASA and George Mason University.
The app, Crop Condition and Soil Moisture Analytics (Crop-CASMA), provides access to high-resolution data from NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission and the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument in an easy-to-use format. Soil moisture data are critical for professionals in the agriculture and natural resources sectors who use soil moisture in tandem with other data to plan crop planting, forecast yields, track droughts or floods, and improve weather forecasts.
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Dr. Marshall Shepherd, meteorologist and NASA astronaut, writes, “NASA has a really cool online resource in which you can test your skills by using Pi to calculate volume and water content of clouds as measured by a cloud-observing instrument called MISR (on NASA’s Terra satellite). You can even figure out how many Olympic-sized swimming pools could the cloud fill” in Forbes magazine for Pi Day, 2021.
Jim Drummond, the Principal Investigator of the MOPITT instrument onboard Terra, was awarded the John H. Chapman Award of Excellence by the Canadian Space Agency. The award is named after John H. Chapman, considered to be the father of the Canadian Space Agency Program. The award is presented to individuals to honor their exceptional achievement in Canadian space science. Recipients of the award have significantly contributed to achievements in space science and technology fields that have had socio-economic benefits for Canada and its citizens. Additionally, recipients have advanced Canada’s role in the international effort to develop space for peaceful use and the benefit of humanity, taken part in major discoveries and scientific technology breakthroughs and innovations, while inspiring others to achieve excellence in science and technology.
Jim Drummond has dedicated well over 20 years of his career to Terra and MOPITT. He worked diligently on the Terra mission from conception, launch, and through continued operation of the MOPITT instrument. His work on MOPITT enabled the first long-term global maps of carbon monoxide concentrations in the troposphere. His contributions have advanced our understanding of global pollution.