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Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

The White House Launches The Opportunity Project,” Utilizing Open Data to Build Stronger Ladders of Opportunity for All

In the lead up to the President’s historic visit to SxSW, today the Administration is announcing the launch of “The Opportunity Project,” a new open data effort to improve economic mobility for all Americans. As the President said in his State of the Union address, we must harness 21st century technology and innovation to expand

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

NASA Data Used to Track Groundwater in Pakistan

The vast farmlands of Pakistan — a country with an economy based on agriculture — rely on one of the largest continuous irrigation systems in the world. Farmers were once able to depend solely on rivers and man-made canals fed by glaciers and rain. But as population and urbanization boomed in recent decades, the country

Friday, February 26th, 2016

California Blowout Led to Largest U.S. Methane Release Ever

The Aliso Canyon natural gas well blowout, first reported on Oct. 23, 2015, released over 100,000 tons of the powerful greenhouse gas methane before the well was sealed on Feb. 11, according to the first study of the accident published today in the journal Science. The results confirm that Aliso Canyon is the largest methane

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Airborne Sensor Shows Promise for Monitoring Water Quality

To demonstrate the potential of using remote sensing to monitor water quality across broad areas, U.S Geological Survey and NASA scientists teamed up for the simultaneous collection of water quality measurements from the air and in the water. While USGS scientists collected water quality measurements from a boat in the northeastern part of San Francisco

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

USCB Researchers Contribute to “Ecosystems of California”

With forests and farmland, mountains and desert and almost 900 miles of scenic coastline, California’s vast terrain is both dramatic and varied. The newly published “Ecosystems of California” (UC Press, 2016) provides a comprehensive synthesis of this biologically diverse state examining its myriad landscapes through multiple lenses: past and present, flora and fauna, aquatic and

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

CAREER Award Will Further Research on Social Data and Emergency Response

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.—A University of Arkansas researcher received a $500,000 National Science Foundation grant to find a way to effectively harness the power of social media to improve emergency response. Ashlea Bennett Milburn, assistant professor of industrial engineering at the University of Arkansas, received the grant through the Faculty Early Career Development Program to develop decision-support

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

Mapping Threats to Europe’s Grasslands, Woodlands and Marine Areas

The EEA report ‘Mapping and assessing the condition of Europe’s ecosystems: progress and challenges’ gives a snapshot of current ecosystem health in Europe. It identifies key gaps in data which are essential to properly assess the health of Europe’s many ecosystems.

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

EPA Releases Online Mapping Tool for Drinking Water Sources

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today released an online mapping tool that provides users with information about their watershed and water supplier, as well as information about any possible sources of pollution that could affect their communities’ water supply.

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Ice Sheet Modeling of Greenland, Antarctica Helps Predict Sea-Level Rise

LIVERMORE, Calif.–The Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets will make a dominant contribution to 21st century sea-level rise if current climate trends continue. However, predicting the expected loss of ice sheet mass is difficult due to the complexity of modeling ice sheet behavior. To better understand this loss, a team of Sandia National Laboratories researchers has

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Sentinel-3a Successfully Launches for Ocean and Land Monitoring Mission

The third ESA-developed satellite carrying four Earth-observing instruments was launched today, ready to provide a ‘bigger picture’ for Europe’s Copernicus environment programme. The 1150 kg Sentinel-3A satellite was carried into orbit on a Rockot launcher from Plesetsk, Russia, at 17:57 GMT (18:57 CET; 20:57 local time) on 16 February. After a first burn starting about

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