Earth & Space Observation Technologies

General commentary:

Unleashing the power of Earth Observations    New dimensions to monitor Earth prove ever-more useful

Nothing escapes The Global Ear: nuclear tests, volcanoes, earthquakes or meieors

Scientists may have solved mystery surrounding light flashes reflecting off Earth

Data Cube - the future of Earth Observation data management and analysis

Maintaining large-scale satellite constellations using logistics approach

Crafting geoinformation - the art and science of Earth observation

World's major development banks look closer at Earth Observation    

From Hotspots to Hopespots: connecting local changes to global audiences

UN-SPIDER: Space-based information for Crowdsource Mapping

Earth observation satellite Worldview-4 with a resolution 30cm launched

Planetary Resources raises funding and unveils advanced EO capability       

NASA - interactive satellite tracker      NASA turns 55: an Ars Technica tribute to space flight

Dream Chaser Space Plane Program Off the Ground

Monitoring our changing planet

Artic Colors project

Viewing Earth from space:


DSCOVR: first operational satellite in deep space reaches final orbit

DSCOVR data - Americas analemma    DSCOVR data - the 2 solstices    

DSCOVR data - Europe/Africa analemma    DSCOVR data - Asian analemma

DSCOVR    DSCOVR Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC)     Deep Space Climate Observatory

GOES-R    GOES-R improvements to provide stunning, continuous full-disk imagery

GOES-S and GOES-T satellites coming together

GOES     GOES 13 time lapse video    GOES 6 months time lapse video

GLIMR: NASA targets coastal ecosystems with new space sensor 

Japan's new satellite captures an image of Earth every 10 minutes

First ever direct measurement of the Earth’s rotation

NASA GOLD captures its first image of the Earth

10 years of GOES data visulaized in 3 minutes    

NASA's global Earth selfie 2014     Earthrise

Illuminating gases in the sky: NASA technology pinpoints potent greenhouse gases

CubeSats, Microsatellites & NanoSatellites:

CubeSat launch initiative opens space to educators, nonprofits

Launching the small satellite revolution    Small satellites a big deal for remote sensing

Hello, goodbye. First interplanerary CubeSats zip past Mars  Minature weather satellites launched into orbit

Low-Cost Instrument Developed by High School Students Could Aid Severe Weather Research

Small spacecraft makes 1st 883-gigahertz global ice-cloud map

Student-built space weather satellite targets killer electrons

NASA small satellites set to take a fresh look at Earth    

NASA selects CubeSat, SmallSat mission concept studies

NASA's space cubes: small satellites provide big payoffs

Japan Advances University-led Microsatellite Constellation

RAVAN CubeSat measures Earth's outgoing energy

Temporal Experiment for Storms and Tropical Systems - D (TEMPEST-D)

Technologies for weather and climate monitoring:

Latest progress of Chinese meteorological satellite program and core data processing technologies 

Temperature Tracking Device for Packages May Have Climate Metrology Applications

Accurate water vapour measurements for improved weather and climate models

Researchers use graphene quantum dots to detect humidity and pressure

NASA to launch JPSS-1 global satellite to track extreme weather patterns

Measuring CO2 to fight global warming    Measuring our climate - photos

SAGE III to provide highly accurate measrements of atmospheric gases

NASA selects new instrument to continue key climate record

NASA;s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-3 gets first data

Custom-designed radar measures Antarctic ice with millimetre accuracy

WMO highlights importance of radio frequencies for Earth observations

Innovation in spectroscopy could improve greenhouse gas detection

Temporal experiment for storms and tropical systems - TEMPEST D

Climate Change Math in Treaties Flawed by Suspect Calculations

Advanced Weather Interactive processing System (AWIPS II)

Aeolus: preparing to fly the wind    Aeolus wows with first wind data

FORUM 2026 launch to measure far-IR outgoing radaiation from TOA

Under pressure: stormy weather sensor for hurricane forecasting

The scatterometer: watching the winds where sea meets sky

NIST 'combs' the atmosphere to measure greenhouse gases

Wireless sensor network monitors microclimate in the forest

Taiwan launches unmanned aircraft for typhoon research

NASA's Icebridge seeking new view of changing sea ice

Europe secures new generation of weather satellites

Watch could make you a walking weather station

Minature sensors may advance climate studies

Methane measurements at low level flight

Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) 

Probing the core of tropical cyclones

NASA airborne snow observatory    Snow radar (CReSIS)

New NASA airborne campaigns to explore snowstorms, river deltas, climate

Scientists deploy lasers, GPS technology to improve snow measurements

Radio waves measure atmospheric temperature changes

AMS: Earth Observations, Science and Services for the 21st Century

Application of ICT for climate change adaptation in the water sector 

EO for ocean monitoring:

UW instals on-line deep-sea observatory    Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) data now live

China launches new marine satellite

Technologies for environmental monitoring:

Academic and research capacity development in Earth observation for environmental management

Improving environmental change research with systematic techniques for qualitative scenarios

The future of monitoring air quality from space     On the trail of a hazy global killer

Center for Transformative Environmental Monitoring Programs (CTEMPS)

Water Quantity - Location of Streamflow Gauging Stations       Floating sensor network

Measuring mercury levels: nano-velcro detects water-borne toxic metals

New research leads to sensors that detect contaminants in water

A new way to study permafrost soil, above and below ground

NASA PACE: Plankton, Aerosols, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem

PRISMA: small innovative Earth Observation mission

Earth observation for water resource management 

NASA ECOSTRESS maps LA's hot spots

ECOSTRESS will monitor plant health

TROPOMI finds source of pollutants   

Technologies for disaster management & emergency response:

FINDER: radar for locating disaster victims

New satellite may make food prediction easier

NASA developing natural hazard warning systems

Sensing Disasters from Space    Watching over you

Low-cost imaging system detects natural gas leaks in real time

Space-based information for Disaster Preparedness and Risk Management

UN Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response

Technologies for earthquake & tsunami monitoring:

Team develops new, inexpensive method for understanding earthquake topography

Newly developed seismogeodesy for rapid earthquake and tsunami charcterization

Earth's Many Voices - a Unified Theory for Pre-Earthquake Signals

Quake-detection app captured nearly 400 temblors worldwide

Scientists detect seismic signals from tornado

Earthquake Monitoring Systems

Other newly developed EO & Space technologies:

Giant surveillance balloons are lurking at the edge of space

SMILE: Solar wind Magnetosphere Ionosphere Link Explorer

New instruments developed for finding extraterrestrial bacteria

ICESat-2    ICON Miission Overview    ESA's Sentinel pogram

Researchers reveal new technique for measuring gravity

DESHIMA: development of innovative radio receivers   

New imaging tool directly measures liquid surfaces

DARPA achieves circuit speed of one terahertz

China launches new space science program

Surveying Earth's interior with atomic clocks

World's best thermometer made from light

Sensors: drawing a line with carbon nanotubes

Mobile LIDAR expanding rapidly    Registry of geophysical equipment 

A new radiocarbon yardstick from Japan    Large ring lasers for rotation sensing

NMR using Earth's magnetic field    WFIRST Infrared Telescope

Deploying a Wireless Sensor Network on an Active Volcano

Nasa radar to study volcanoes in Alaska, Japan

More gold - and other minerals - in them thar hills?

ModelPROBE    ATTREX    HIPPO    BOSS     

Aiborne based EO:

Balloon-borne disposable radiometer for cloud detection    20 NASA balloons studying the radiation belts

NASA mission sending unmanned aircraft over hurricanes    ATM: Airborne Topographic Mapper     

Unmanned aerial systems successfully measure atmospheric turbulence above Indian Ocean 

Drone-based EO:  

Drones poised to be new climate surveillance workhorses    

Drones promise to improve ecological modelling 

Space-based EO:

CEOS - Committee on Earth Observation Satellites

Invaluable eyes in te sky    Saving lives with satellites

Landsat looks and sees   Landsat - a planetary perspective

Delving inside Earth from space    SWARM 'delivers on magnetic promise'

GOCE: the first seismometer in space    GOCE reveals gravity dip from ice loss

MMS: Magnetosphere Multiscale mission    GRACE: gravity is climate

New eyes in the sky - technique to help pollution forecasters see past clouds

Remote Sensing Techniques for Studying Coastal Ecosystems: An Overview

Modelling Earth's climate from space    Sentinel-1 satellites combine radar vision

New research brings satellite measurements and global climate models closer

Meteorological satellites make growing contribution to socio-economic development

SSTL demostrates innovative method for measuring ocean winds and waves from space

Multi-Talented Earth-Observing Satellite Launched    MetOp-A from Europe    

Summary of ESA missions    GMES in Action - Conference Declaration    

ESA-SMOS-Super storm tracked by ESA water mission    SMOS has a better look at salinit     

ESA investigates new methods of mapping tropical forest from space   

COSMOS (COsmic-ray Soil SMositure Observing system)

CRYOSAT sets new standard for measuring sea level

Archaeology from space     FIRESAT 

Continuity of NASA Earth Observations from space

NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM)     CORAL/PRISM for coastlines and reefs    

NASA satellite provides 'EPIC' view of Earth    2014: a big year for NASA Earth Science

First images available from NASA-JAXA global rain and snowfall satellite

New NASA probe will study Earth's forests in 3D        

China launches CO2 monitoring satellite     

International Global Precipitation Measurement mission data goes public

SAGE: Stratosperic Aerosol and Gas Experiment

Aquarius: ocean salinity     The color of the ocean: the SABIA-Mar mission

Tropospheric emissions spectrometer (TES)

Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite (VIIRS)

AIRS (Atmosperic infraRed Sounder)      How to catch aerosols in the act

US Government's Earth Observations 2011 Budget

NASA mission ready to brave Earth's radiation belts    Space Weather ACE

NASA sends terrabytes of data to African environmental scientists   Flying thermometers

More accurate topography from space    Glory Team Overcomes Engineering Obstacles

Water resource applications with RADARSAT-2     

Pleiades, the CNES Earth observation satellite, captures its first images using e2v sensors

NASA's 2012 GRAIL project    A step closer to mapping the Earth in 3D

Goddard Team Builds State-of-the-Art Facility for New Sun-Earth Mission

CryoSat ice satellite rides new waves    CryoSat ice data now open to all   Ice data at your fingertips

Cryosat goes to sea    Cryosat hits land    y

NASA's NPP Satellite Acquires First ATMS Measurements  New NASA images of Earth

NASA's THEMIS sees a great electron escape

Infrared Sounder on Suomi NPP Starts its Mission

'First Light' Taken by NASA's Newest CERES Instrument     Gemini Planet Imager

NASA Cold Weather Airborne Campaign to Measure Falling Snow

HIAPER - Pole to Pole Observations    AIRS and Weather Science    MODIS

Swarm satellite mission to try to sense ocean magnetism    ESA's sharp eyes on coastal waters  

UK Government investment brings low cost radar satellites to market

UK celebrates a decade of disaster monitoring from space

GEOscan  program background    CIMSS Satellite Perspective   

NASA Mission Will Observe Earth's Salty Seas    NASA's 'Salt of the Earth' Aquarius Reveals First Map

Observing Ocean Acidification from Space       Ocean Measurements from Space in 2025

Jason: last transmitter dies, finalizing retirement for ocean-sensing satellite 

The Precarious Future of Ocean Color Satellite Imagery    

New FASTSAT Discoveries Paint Detailed View of Region Near Earth

What can the Mars rover tell us about climate change on Earth?

SMAP   SMAP instruments    Suomi NPP    Landsat

AURA     CATS     FOXSI      SMAP     MMS    ALOS-2    MSG-3    AMSR-E    SMILES    GEMMA    GAIA     
Observations from the ISS and Shuttle:

Earth's atmosphere: new results from the ISS

Mission to exploare 'cosmic rain' mysteries is going to Space Station

Portrait of Shuttle and Station    Ultra High Definition views from the ISS    Sally Ride EarthKAM 

Ability of ISS to provide assistance during natural disasters on Earth    ISS benefits for humanity 

ISS Servir Environmental Research and Visualization System

ISS-RapidScat gathers first data    ISS-Rapidscat

Ocean bouys, wave gliders & webcam-based EO:

Argo's global array of profiling floats revealed ocean changes - 15 years of ocean observations

New generation of micro sensors for monitoring ocean acidification    Putting IoT into the world's oceans 

New techniques to predict future sea-level rise    World's first 'on-demand' autonomous marine water sampling

Next-gen ocean temperature sensor     Underwater gliders study observe melting Antarctic ice sheets   

New tide guage uses GPS signals to measure sea level rise   Wave Glider SV3    UAVSAR

Wave Glider, a Floating Robot, Seeks to Network the Oceans

Long-range undersea robot does its own research

Successful deployment of an autonomous deep-sea explorer to search for new forms of microbial life 

University using new tech to record Antarctic Ocean, ice temp    PacX

GISS Surface Temperature Analysis (GISTEMP)    Rogue wave theory to save ships

East Coast Tsunami Risk Investigated With Sonar   Tracking tsunamis with radarSensing the deep ocean        
Deploying instruments on the seafloor in the deep ocean    Ocean Observatories Initiative

LOOKING: Cyberinfrastructure for Ocean Observatories      FLOWBEC     ARGO Floats 

Atlantic Oceanographic & Meteorological Laboratory    Integrated Ocean Observing System

Scientists Set Course for Next Decade of Scientific Ocean Drilling

Nereus soars to the ocean's deepest trenches    New tool can 'take pulse' of algae status in lakes

First satellite tag study for habits and hidden journeys of ocean giants 

Internet & cell phone-based EO:

Internet of Things and ubiquitous sensing    Smartphones could provide weather data in poor nations

Smart phones, tabletss help UW resesarchers improve storm forecasts    

Cell phone based data collection    Using cell phone signals to measure rainfall 

Using technology in crisis preparedness   Smart way of saving lives in natural disasters

Using Mobile Phones to Reduce the Adversities of Climate Change in Rural Nepal

Role of information and communications technology in the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action

Common Operational Datasets (CODs) in Disaster Preparedness and Response

Observations of our Moon:

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter    Turning the Moon into a cosmic ray detector

Observations of our Sun and Space Weather:

Future interplanetary space weather assets

Proposals to further study the fundamental nature of space

SDO Helps Measure Magnetic Fields on the Sun's Surface

How NASA's Parker Solar Probe will touch the Sun

Observations of our neighboring planets:

The innovative technology that will explore planet Mercury in unprecedented detail

Exoplanetary & cosmological observations:

ALMA links with other observatories to create Earth-sized virtual telescope    ALMA

Project 1640    Square Kilometer Array (SKA)      Early universe to be revealed

GeMS: Revolutionary instrument delivers a sharper universe to astronomers

Researchers develop instrument for exploring the cosmos and the quantum world

How NASA's newcarbon observatory (OCO-2) will help us undersatnd alien worlds

The new era of gravitational wave detection has begun    BBC Documentary on LIGO