Articles tagged "modis"

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El Hierro volcano helps to improve algorithms used by satellites

Information provided by satellites on the amount of chlorophyll-A and the roughness of the sea following the eruption of the underwater volcano off the island of El Hierro (Spain) did not coincide with the actual data collected in situ by vessels carrying

June 09, 2014

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Global 10-day Fire Map: June 20 - 29, 2013

The fire map bellow accumulates the locations of the fires detected by MODIS on board the Terra and Aqua satellites over a 10-day period, from June 20  - June 29, 2013. Each colored dot indicates a location where MODIS detected at least one fire during

June 30, 2013

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Global 10-day Fire Map: June 10 - 19, 2013

This fire map bellow accumulates the locations of the fires detected by MODIS on board the Terra and Aqua satellites over a 10-day period, from June 10 - June 19, 2013. Each colored dot indicates a location where MODIS detected at least one fire during the

June 28, 2013

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Continuing haze over Himalayas

Haze continues over Himalayas. At this time of year, cold air often slides down the Himalaya, coming to rest over northern India. As the cold air settles into place, it may be trapped under a layer of warmer air. Usually, air is warmer near the Earth’s surface, and

December 06, 2011

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Ash plume visible from Soufriere Hills volcano, Montserrat

A dark plume of volcanic ash drifted from the Soufriere Hills volcano southwest across the Caribbean Sea on November 21, 2011. Although the hazard level was recently lowered, the potential for reoccurring eruptions remains quite real. On November 4, the National

November 24, 2011

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Atmospheric gravity waves over the Arabian Sea

On November 15, 2011, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Aqua satellite passed over the Arabian Sea and captured this true-color image of a large-scale, overlapping wave pattern. The wave pattern is not caused by ocean waves, however.

November 16, 2011

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Wildfires in northern India

The fire season was well underway in northern India as many dozens of fires burned near the Pakistan border in late October, 2011. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Aqua satellite captured this true-color image on October 27, 2011.

October 28, 2011

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Ten years of satellites watching fires worldwide

This video takes you on a narrated global tour of tens of millions of fires detected from space between July 2002 and July 2011. TThe video was created from new satellite data visualizations, and is combined with satellite views of vegetation and snow cover to show how

October 26, 2011

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Heavy floods hit Mexico

Several rivers in southeastern Mexico spilled over their banks in late October, according to the Latin American Herald Tribune. The Usumacinta River alone damaged homes and croplands in multiple cities, and isolated rural areas by washing out roads. The governor of

October 25, 2011

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Wildfires and smoke in Portugal

Dozens of wildfires burned across Portugal on October 14, 2011 when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Aqua satellite captured this true-color image as it passed over the region. A few fires, marked in red and accompanied by plumes of

October 23, 2011

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Agricultural fires polluted the air over eastern China

Haze filled the air over the coastal plain of eastern China in early October 2011. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image on October 7, 2011.A long band of haze, roughly 100 kilometers wide, extends

October 16, 2011

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Fires in Russia and China

Smoke clouds the skies across northeastern China and southeastern Russia. The dry, windy weather of autumn created hazardous fire conditions in northeast China.Since wildfires have occurred frequently recently, the national forest fire prevention authorities issued

October 10, 2011

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Flooding in Southern Pakistan

Unusually heavy monsoon rains inundated southern Pakistan in the summer of 2011, submerging fields and forcing residents from their homes. On September 29, 2011, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported that 5.44 million

October 08, 2011

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Ophelia weakens to a tropical storm as it races toward the Avalon peninsula of Newfoundland

Ophelia was strengthening into a hurricane when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this natural-color image on September 29, 2011. MODIS acquired this image at 10:40 a.m. Atlantic Standard Time (AST). Twenty

October 03, 2011

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Typhoon Nalgae (22W) approaching the Philippines

Typhoon Nalgae, known in the Philippines as Quiel, was approaching the archipelago on September 30, 2011 when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Terra satellite passed over the region and captured this true-color image.Residents

October 02, 2011

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Fires in Northern Territory, Australia

Large fires burned throughout Australia’s Northern Territory on September 30, 2011, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired this image. The fires are marked in red. Fire fighters were monitoring 21 fires,

October 01, 2011

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4 million affected in India floods

In September 2011, two episodes of heavy rain in a 15-day period inundated the Indian state of Orissa. On September 27, 2011, the Hindustan Times reported that the second period of heavy rainfall had claimed 27 lives.The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MO

September 28, 2011

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A low pressure area sitting over the Great Lakes region

A low pressure area has been sitting over the Great Lakes region for about a week now, keeping the region and the U.S. northeast and Mid-Atlantic under cloud cover.NASA's Aqua satellite flew over head on Sept. 26, and captured two views of the low pressure

September 27, 2011

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Tropical storm Talas enters the Sea of Japan

Tropical Storm Talas formed over the western Pacific Ocean on August 25, 2011. By September 1, storm clouds had reached the southern shores of Japan. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite took this picture of the storm the

September 03, 2011

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Rising waters of river Ganges floods over 1 000 Bihar villages after two years of drought

After two years of drought, the Kosi and Ganges rivers are rising rapidly. Flood water has already entered over 1 000 villages in Bihar forcing people to abandon their homes. All the inundated villages are in flood-prone districts of Bhagalpur, Muzaffarpur, Gopalganj, A

September 02, 2011

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Irene seen by TRMM and MODIS satellites strengthnening into Category 1 hurricane

Irene formed as a tropical storm east of the Leeward Islands on August 20, 2011. By August 22, the storm had strengthened to a Category 1 hurricane. At 2:00 p.m. Atlantic Standard Time on August 22, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported that Irene had

August 23, 2011

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Heavy rains caused Mekong river overflow - thousand homes flooded in Cambodia

Heavy rains pushed the Mekong River in Cambodia over its banks during the weekend, flooding 37 villages and damaging over 5,000 homes. Schools also were closed, and rice and cassava crops have been badly affected.The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer

August 18, 2011

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Phytoplankton bloom in the Barents Sea

At times nature exceeds the ability of the artist’s brush to blend brilliant colors, interweave textures and combine patterns to create stunning panoramas, while using only the palette of land, water, cloud and vegetation. This stunning and artistic image of a

August 17, 2011

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New paroxysm at Mount Etna

Throughout 2011, activity at Sicily’s Mount Etna has been characterized by paroxysms: short, violent bursts of activity. Each event has included volcanic tremors, ash emissions, and lava flows centered around the New Southeast Crater, just below the summit.On

August 12, 2011

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Activity at Kizimen and Shiveluch volcanoes, Kamchatka Peninsula

The Kamchatka Peninsula, along Russia’s Pacific coast, is currently the most volcanically active area in the world: four volcanoes are erupting simultaneously, and a fifth is showing signs of an impending eruption. Ash plumes from two of these volcanoes and a thermal

August 11, 2011

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Haze over Eastern China

After Tropical Storm Muifa made landfall and subsequently dissipated, haze hovered over eastern China in early August 2011. The thick band of haze stretched over the coastal plain, from Beijing southward, and over parts of Bo Hai and the Yellow Sea.The Moderate

August 10, 2011

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Asian summer monsoon transforms Burmanese rivers

Arising from glaciers in the remote mountains of northern Burma (Myanmar), the Irrawaddy River (also known as the Ayeyarwady or Ayeyarwaddy) typically experiences its lowest water level in February, and its highest water level in August. Summertime snow and glacier

August 06, 2011

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Lingering floods in Eastern Nebraska

At the beginning of August 2011, flood waters were slowly receding along the Missouri River in eastern Nebraska. On August 3, 2011, the Advanced Hydrological Prediction Service (AHPS) of the U.S. National Weather Service reported moderate flooding at multiple

August 06, 2011

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Receding Aral sea sees some recovery

The size of the Aral Sea has long hinged on the Amu Darya, which flows from the high Pamir Mountains in central Asia, across the desert, and into the southern sea. While two rivers empty into the lake—the Amu Darya and the Syr Darya—the Amu Darya is the largest and

July 26, 2011

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Ice loss following the collapse of Antarctic ice shelves

An international team of researchers has combined data from multiple sources to provide the clearest account yet of how much glacial ice surges into the sea following the collapse of Antarctic ice shelves.The work by researchers at the University of Maryland,

July 25, 2011

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One of the world's roughest stretches of water

Runoff from heavy rains, combined with wave action along the coast, increased the turbidity of New Zealand’s waters when this image was acquired on April 29, 2011, according to a NASA statement. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on

July 21, 2011

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Saharan dust drifts west over Atlantic Ocean

A massive Saharan dust plume has drifted west over the Atlantic Ocean and the Cape Verde Islands, located 570 kilometres off the coast of Western Africa.GOES, a US geostationary weather satellite, captured the below image of the dust Friday.  The image presents the

June 26, 2011

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The greatest danger posed by the erupting Puyehue-Cordón Caulle Volcano Complex, Chile

Perhaps the greatest danger posed by the erupting Puyehue-Cordón Volcano Complex in Chile is the thick layer of ash being deposited east of the volcano. This image, taken on June 13, 2011, by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra

June 15, 2011

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Eruption at Nabro Volcano, Eritrea

Nabro is one of the basaltic rift volcanoes that lie along the East African Rift, where Africa is being opened like a zipper (the Red Sea is also part of this splitting of continents). There is no known historical eruptions of Nabro, but it appears that the volcano

June 15, 2011

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Fires in Angola

Smoke from fires burning in southwestern Africa were evident on recent NASA satellite imagery from June 2 at 12:40 UTC (1:40 p.m. West African Time).NASA’s Aqua satellite flew overhead on June 2nd and the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS)

June 07, 2011

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Fires burn in eastern Russia

140 hotbeds of wildfires with the total area 13 906.28 hectares have been registered in the Russian Federation within twenty four hours. 139 hotbeds with th area 4 832.88 ha have been extinguished. 167 hotbeds, including those emerged earlier and 16 large ones continue

June 03, 2011

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Sandstorm over Iraq

A thick dust plume blew over Iraq on June 2, 2011, stopping just short of Iran and Kuwait. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this natural-color image the same day.The dust forms a giant beige arc that

June 03, 2011

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Fires continue in northern Alberta, Canada

Fires continued to burn in northern Alberta, Canada on May 25, 2011, as strong winds carried a thick band of blue-gray smoke across the region. The fires cluster south of Lake Athabasca, a large, partially frozen lake located near the upper edge of the image. The...

May 27, 2011

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The fire season was still going strong in Mexico

May usually marks the end of the fire season in Mexico. Sometime during the month, the first wet-season rains begin to fall, followed by a soggy five months. Yet, on May 20, 2011, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua

May 25, 2011

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Gobi desert sand and dust storms plague East Asia

Fire and Earth blog brings this satellite photo report of massive sandstorms over Gobi desert spreading all over east Asia and Japan. This true-color image of North China Plain, Shandong Peninsula and the Bo Haitaken was taken by MODIS on NASA’s Terra...

May 15, 2011