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Earth: May 2022



NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are now targeting Nov. 1, 2022, as the new launch date for NOAA's Joint Polar Satellite System-2 (JPSS-2) satellite mission.


Phytoplankton grow constantly and just about anywhere there are open, sunlit patches of ocean. When conditions are right, the growth of these microscopic cells can blossom to scales that are visible from space for days to weeks. That happened off the Mid-Atlantic coast of the United States in mid-May 2022.


Leicester researchers searching for a 'golden spike' to formally define humanity's current geological period - and acknowledge human impact on our planet - have announced a major step in their analysis at an international conference on Wednesday.


As soon as an iceberg is born it starts to die.


Hundreds of satellite images spanning 30 years have been compiled to show the evolution of the Danube Delta - the second largest river delta in Europe.


Every now and then, a new map changes the way we view our planet. This is one of those maps.


Bonn, one of the oldest cities in Germany, can be seen straddling the Rhine River in the lower half of the image, around 24 km south of Cologne.


Anna Schweiger from the Remote Sensing Laboratories at the Department of Geography, University of Zurich (UZH), and Etienne Laliberté from the University of Montréal, have now shown that plant biodiversity across ecosystems ranging from Arctic tundra to tropical forests can be reliably assessed using image spectrometry.


Kavachi Volcano in the Solomon Islands is one of the most active submarine volcanoes in the Pacific.


Several bodies of water are pictured including Lake Albert (at lower left); and Lakes Kwania, Kyoga, and Kojweri (at center); and Lake Victoria (at bottom right); as the International Space Station orbited 261 miles above Uganda.


The Surface Water and Ocean Topography mission will explore how the ocean absorbs atmospheric heat and carbon, moderating global temperatures and climate change.


This portion of the Namib Desert in southern Namibia boasts some of the tallest dunes in the world attracting the attention of geologists for further study.


This striking, high-resolution image of the Arc de Triomphe, in Paris, was captured by Planet SkySat - a fleet of satellites that have just joined ESA's Third Party Mission Programme in April 2022.


On May 8, 2022, the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on NOAA-20 captured this natural-color image of the storms at 12:55 p.m. local time (07:55 Universal Time).


On May 11, 2022, NOAA shared the first images of the Western Hemisphere from its GOES-18 satellite. The satellite's Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) instrument recently captured stunning views of Earth.


When the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano erupted on Jan. 15, 2022, it sent atmospheric shock waves, sonic booms, and tsunami waves around the world. Now, scientists are finding the volcano's effects also reached space.


Using future projections from the latest generation of Earth System Models, a recent study published in Science Advances found that most of the world's ocean is steadily losing its year-to-year memory under global warming.


The Rhine River, the longest river in Germany, is featured in this colourful image captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission.


Peyto Glacier in Banff National Park is among the most closely monitored glaciers in the world.


On 2nd March 2022, high-resolution satellites owned and operated by GHGSat, the environmental data company, detected methane (CH4) emissions coming from an agricultural area in California's Joaquin Valley.


The western portion of Algeria, near the border with Morocco, is pictured from the International Space Station as it orbited 258 miles above the African nation.


Earth's Mantle Nitrogen Content Is Comparable To That Found In Its Nitrogen-Rich Atmosphere.