Satellite imagery

Unreported sources of sulfur dioxide found by satellites

Using a new satellite-based method, scientists have located 75 natural and 39 unreported and major manmade sources of sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions. When released into the atmosphere, sulfur dioxide forms sulfuric acid and fine particulate matter, secondary...

June 07, 2016

Lake Mead reaches record low for the second year in a row, US

The surface level of Lake Mead at the Hoover Dam stood at 327.36 m (1 074.03 feet) above sea level on May 25, 2016. The last time it was this low was in 1937, when water managers were still filling the reservoir and putting finishing touches on the Hoover Dam. The...

June 02, 2016

First eruption of Mount Sourbaya in 60 years continues, far South Atlantic Ocean

On April 24, 2016, satellite sensors detected a volcanic eruption at Bristol Island's Mount Sourbaya, far South Atlantic Ocean, between South America and Antarctica. It was Sourbaya's first detected eruption in the last 60 years. Imagery obtained one month...

June 01, 2016

Deadly flooding rainfall in Haiti and Dominican Republic measured by GPM

Extreme rainfall in Haiti caused severe flooding that resulted in the deaths of at least 5 people over the past several days. In the neighboring Dominican Republic, over 3 400 people were evacuated. Both countries have already seen several rounds of severe weather...

May 11, 2016

Major sandstorm sweeps through northwest China

A major sandstorm has swept through parts of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on May 1, 2016, and continued into May 2, disrupting traffic and causing severe air pollution. The sandstorm has struck some counties in south Xinjiang since Saturday...

May 02, 2016

Unusually strong 'whiting event' in progress at Lake Kivu, Africa

Lake Kivu, one of Africa's greatest lakes, suffered an unexpected change in coloring during April 2016. The usually blue waters became milky, a phenomenon which attracted a lot of attention as the lake is known for storing potentially deadly amounts of gas....

April 27, 2016

Shasta Lake water levels recovered after 4 years of extreme drought, California

After four years of extreme drought, the largest water reservoir in California - Shasta Lake - has recovered and now holds 109% of its long-term average supply for this time of year. Shasta Lake has stood as a potent symbol of the water shortage during those four...

April 08, 2016

ASTER Earth imagery now available at no cost

Beginning April 1, 2016, all Earth imagery from a prolific Japanese remote sensing instrument - ASTER - operating aboard NASA's Terra spacecraft since late 1999 is now available to users everywhere at no cost. The public will have unlimited access to the...

April 03, 2016

Monitoring volcanoes using ASTER satellite imagery

The Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) sensor is one of five sensors on board NASA's Terra satellite. ASTER data and imagery are crucial tools for monitoring volcanoes for any clues of imminent eruptions, for studying...

March 25, 2016

Jason-3 oceanography satellite produces its first map of global sea surface height

Jason-3, a US - European oceanography satellite launched just over a month ago, has produced its first complete science map of global sea surface height, capturing the current signal of the 2015/16 El Niño. The map was generated from the first 10 days of data...

March 17, 2016

Floods, landslides and abundant snow across Italy claim 5 lives

Torrential downpours and snowstorms lashed Italy since February 27, 2016. Strong storms caused floods and a landslide, widespread power outages, and infrastructural damage. Five people were reported dead so far. The low pressure Atlantic front "Golia"...

February 29, 2016

Satellites observe Lake Poopó evaporate, Bolivia

ESA's Proba-V satellite and NASA's Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat-8 have collected series of images of Lake Poopó, once the second largest lake in Bolivia, declared fully evaporated in December 2015. Proba-V is a small ESA's satellite...

February 09, 2016

2015 weather as seen from space

This visualisation, courtesy of EUMETSAT's data visualisation team, shows an entire year of weather across the globe during 2015, with audio commentary from Mark Higgins, Training Manager at EUMETSAT. It is comprised of imagery from the geostationary satellites...

January 29, 2016

Europe wrapped in a snow blanket as winter finally sets in

A large part of Europe experienced heavy snowfall in the period between January 15 and 18, 2016. Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic were almost entirely wrapped in a snow blanket while Turkey and Greece also reported intense snowstorms. New snow fell across...

January 18, 2016

Satellite view of massive southwest US storm system

This animation of NOAA's GOES-East satellite imagery over the course of two days (December 26 - 28) shows a massive low pressure system that generated severe weather in the southwestern and central US bringing snow, heavy rainfall, flooding and tornadoes. During...

December 28, 2015

South American weather patterns 2015

In this composite video, comprising infra-red data from the geostationary satellites of EUMETSAT and NOAA, you can see the weather situation over the eastern Pacific Ocean, South America, the Atlantic Ocean and areas of western and southern Africa from January to...

December 18, 2015

Toxic mining waste spill in Brazil reaches the Atlantic Ocean in an unprecedented environmental disaster

​A flow of toxic mining waste which spilled into a main river in the city of Mariana, Minas Gerais state, Brazil on November 5, 2015, devastated the village of Bento Rodrigues and affected thousands of hectares of land and water has now reached the Atlantic Ocean,...

November 24, 2015