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Mon, 23 Mar 2020 09:20 EDT

Agricultural fires, most likely, cropping up in Cuba in March 2020.

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Tue, 10 Mar 2020 16:51 EDT

A NASA study has found a link between climate change effects on the productivity of grasslands and the growing number of bison in Yellowstone National Park. The data, which came from two NASA Earth science satellites, shows daily vegetation growth for the past 20 years and can be used to help forecast the movements of bison, aiding conservation eff

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Mon, 03 Feb 2020 10:23 EST

Australia has already been in a fiery situation for months so another fire starting in the Canberra region and spreading so quickly is nothing short of a tragedy for this country.

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In order to improve the accuracy of data and gain insights that would be difficult to achieve with one instrument alone, researchers have started combining data from Terra’s five instruments: ASTER, CERES, MISR, MODIS, and MOPITT. The result, Terra Fusion, a new dataset and toolkit. Read more https://earthdata.nasa.gov/learn/articles/tools-and-technology-articles/introducing-terra-fusion

Dr. Kurt Thome, Terra Project Scientist was featured in a Data Chat – short, informal discussions with scientists, managers, and members of NASA’s diverse data-user community. Thome provides personal insights into how Terra data are being used around the world, along with a glimpse into how these data, products, and services may be used in the future. Read more https://earthdata.nasa.gov/learn/data-chat/data-chat-dr-kurt-thome.

What do you get when you have an Earth observing satellite mission that collects science-quality data from five instruments for more than 20 years? You get groundbreaking science, more than 20,000 peer-reviewed publications, and a critical understanding of how our planet works. In other words, you get NASA’s Terra mission. Read about how the instruments aboard NASA’s flagship Earth observing mission are compiling a monumental climate data record and what this means for you in “Terra: Five Instruments—One Monumental Data Record,” now available on NASA’s Earthdata website.

Terra’s MODIS and MISR instruments were featured in an article in AGU’s eos.org, titled, A Global Perspective on Wildfires. The article, written by Ralph Kahn, highlights how twenty years of satellite data are used in wildfire management.

“Remote sensing instruments are relatively blunt objects for characterizing wildfires and their impacts, compared with traditional in situ monitoring. However, they offer the advantage of providing frequent, broad coverage at minimal incremental cost and at no risk to observers. Over the past 20 years, the research community has developed tools and techniques to capture key aspects of fire behavior and impacts, with data from spaceborne instruments such as the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometers (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites and the Multiangle Imaging Spectroradiometer (MISR) aboard Terra. This article reviews selected contributions that satellite instruments are making to advance our understanding and monitoring of, as well as our responses to, wildfires globally.”

-Ralph Kahn, A Global Perspective on Wildfires

NASA’s The Earth Observer’s November-December Issue highlighted Terra and the accomplishments of the team of scientists and engineers who contribute to Terra’s twenty years of valuable scientific data collection.

The Terra team was recognized as the recipient fo the 2019 Pecora Group Award.

Terra’s contributions to how we view our entire planet, affectionately called the Blue Marble, were recognized as part of the Blue Marble story.

Additionally, NASA’s Earth Observatory, known for being a major source to the public of images, stories, and discoveries about the environment, Earth systems, and climate that emerge from NASA research, was featured for their twenty years of operation. NASA’s Earth Observatory website was born out of Terra’s education and outreach initiative during launch.

Read about Terra and twenty years of Earth systems satellite science in their November-December issue:

https://eospso.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/eo_pdfs/Nov_Dec_2019_color_508.pdf