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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).

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).

Five panels showing the different lidar data products for a tree canopy.

Mapping Ecosystem Health through Satellite Data

Mark Altaweel

Remote sensing techniques, particularly those based on satellite, drone, and aircraft data, have revolutionized collecting ecosystem data.

Researchers are using remote sensing observations of soil moisture and vegetation to map out environmental conditions conducive to promoting locust swarms. Map of soil conditions in Eastern Africa (locusts lay eggs in moist soil): NASA, 2020.

Using Geospatial Technologies to Map Locust Swarms

Mark Altaweel

Using a combination of satellite and UAV monitoring, the impact of locusts can be minimized by anticipating where swarms are likely to form next.

Satellite Mapping of Oceans and Coral Reefs

Mark Altaweel

In 2018, NASA launched the ICESat-2 satellite to monitor levels of ice. Researchers have found that this satellite can also measure coral reef systems.