A remote sensing image showing surface temperatures across a section of Paris. The hottest temperatures are in red and the coolest temperatures are in green.

Mapping Heat Vulnerability from Satellite Data

Mark Altaweel

Satellites are being used to measure heat not only on urban heat islands, but also on farms and other locations where rising temperatures are having an impact.

An artistic rendition of a satellite collecting data from a strip of land and ocean.

Mapping the Earth’s Freshwater Bodies

Mark Altaweel

Over 95% of the world's lakes, rivers, and freshwater reservoirs will be measured by a new satellite mission called Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT).

Iceberg A-76. Image: contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2021), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

World’s Biggest Iceberg

Caitlin Dempsey

Currently, the largest iceberg in the world is A-23A, with an area of 3,880 square kilometers.

A lightning bolt branches across the night sky during a storm. A darkened tree is in the lower right corner of the photo.

Remote Sensing of Lightning

Mark Altaweel

Satellites and remote sensing tools are providing a way to better forecast and determine the severity of lightning.

Logo showing small satellites representing earth observation data for the joint NASA and ESA collaboration called MAAP.

Open-Source Science in the Cloud Collaboration

Mark Altaweel

NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) released a new open source and science tool called the Multi-Mission Algorithm and Analysis Platform (MAAP).

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