Proba-V satellite. The ‘V’ in its name stands for Vegetation: Proba-V will fly a reduced-mass version of the Vegetation instrument currently on board the Spot satellites to provide a daily overview of global vegetation growth. Credit: ESA-P.Carril ESA’s cubic-meter-sized Proba-V minisatellite will soon end its nearly seven-year global mission to […]

The eruption of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano in 2018 was one of the most destructive in this volcano’s recorded history. Why this happened has remained a mystery until a paper published recently in Nature suggests that rainfall could have been the culprit. Credit: U.S. Geological Survey The notion that rain could […]

Pancake ice in Andvord Bay, Antarctica. Credit: Maria Stenzel Diminishing sea ice translates to warmer ocean, more rain, and stronger trade winds. Arctic and Antarctic ice loss will account for about one-fifth of the warming that is projected to happen in the tropics, according to a new study led by […]

This visualization shows the Gulf Stream’s sea surface currents and temperatures. Credit: MIT/JPL project entitled Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean, Phase II (ECCO2) Staring into the vortex: MIT researchers describe factors governing how oceans and atmospheres move heat around on Earth and other planetary bodies. Imagine a massive mug […]

North American surface temperatures for Dec. 26, 2017-Jan. 2, 2018: even if it is extremely cold in a region, this does not mean that climate change has stopped. Credit: NASA Earth Observatory Climate Signals Detected in Global Weather Searched for and found: climate researchers can now detect the fingerprint of […]

An artist’s depiction of the ICON mission in orbit. (Image: © NASA Goddard’s Conceptual Image Lab/B. Monroe) NASA’s long-awaited space weather mission is making scientists wait again  —  ironically, due to terrestrial weather. The agency’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer, or ICON, spacecraft was meant to launch atop a rocket dropped by a […]