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Surface Urban Heat Islands

Cooler land surface temperatures (LSTs) of rural areas appear green while warmer impervious surfaces (such as concrete and asphalt) in cities appear red. The difference in LST between cooler rural areas and warmer urban areas is easily seen in major cities located near the Great Lakes, such as Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Buffalo, and Toronto.

Land Surface Temperature (LST)

This image is a Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) 8-day composite of daytime LST. MODIS provides both daytime and nighttime LST data that are produced from thermal infrared (TIR) bands that detect the heat of Earth’s surface.


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Ice in the Hudson Bay, Canada

Published: June 27, 2016

Image captured on 26 June 2016 by the MODIS instrument, on board the Aqua satellite.

New Data From Old Satellites: A Nimbus Success Story

Published: June 23, 2016

After being in storage for more than 40 years, data recovered from NASA's Nimbus I, II, and III missions are extending the polar sea ice record back to the 1960s and giving scientists new views of this changing environment.

Webinar: NASA Space Geodesy Data for Precise Orbit Determination of Altimeter Satellites

Published: June 21, 2016

Over the last 25 years, ocean radar altimeter satellites have revolutionized our understanding of Earth's ocean. During this webinar we will describe how Precise Orbit Determination is at the heart of determining how the ocean surface changes over time.

MISR Near Real-Time Products Now Available through LANCE

Published: June 16, 2016

The Level 1 Georeferenced Radiance Product and the Level 2 Cloud Motion Vector (CMV) product are the newest near real-time data products available through NASA's Land, Atmosphere Near Real-Time Capability for EOS (LANCE) system.

User Profile: Dr. Chelle Gentemann

Published: June 9, 2016

Who Uses NASA Earth Science Data? Dr. Chelle Gentemann, to study the effects of sea surface temperature on the ocean and atmosphere.

Rubble trouble

Published: November 9, 2015

Laser tracking hones in on dangerous space debris.

NASA GIBS-Based Projects Win Global Awards

Published: June 2, 2016

Two NASA GIBS-based projects are Global Winners in the 2016 NASA Space Apps Challenge

2015 EOSDIS Data User Profile Yearbook

Published: May 9, 2016

NASA's Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) is pleased to announce the 2015 EOSDIS Data User Profile Yearbook.

Visit the New NASA Sea Level Change Portal!

Published: January 21, 2016

Features up-to-date NASA sea level change research, science and news

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