Magma rising at Great Sitkin volcano, Alaska

Magma rising at Great Sitkin volcano, Alaska

A lava dome-like feature formed in the summit crater of Great Sitkin volcano, Alaska, suggesting magma is rising near the surface. As a result, the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) has raised the Aviation Color Code to ORANGE and the Volcano Alert Level to WATCH. A…

Satellite-assisted models for detection of desert locust breeding grounds

Satellite-assisted models for detection of desert locust breeding grounds

NASA-funded researchers examined satellite-based soil moisture and soil composition in the hope to predict optimal breeding sites of locust swarms. The team is now working to integrate the data into the FAO locust support to be better prepared for the next major…

Lake Cuitzeo, the second-largest lake in Mexico dries up

Lake Cuitzeo, the second-largest lake in Mexico dries up

At the end of April 2021, drought conditions were covering 85 percent of Mexico. Numerous lakes and reservoirs have dried up, or are in the process of drying up, including the country's second-largest body of freshwater — Lake Cuitzeo. Before the current…