A concrete wall on the coast of Japan. Careful engineering of low, plant-covered hills along shorelines can mitigate tsunami risks with less disruption of coastal life and lower costs compared to seawalls. In tsunami preparedness, it turns out there can be strength in beauty. Rows of green hills strategically arranged […]

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 […]