News and Events

News and Events

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E.g., 12/13/2019
May 28, 2019
At NASA, we leverage the power of our views of Earth from space and research aircraft to assist communities around the world as they plan for — and recover from — these severe, often life-threatening, events.
November 2, 2018
During the 6th Annual Conference of the Virginia Coastal Policy Center at the College of William & Mary Law School, Governor Ralph Northam today signed a sweeping executive order to bolster Virginia’s resilience to sea level rise and natural hazards. Executive Order Twenty Four lays out a series of actions the Commonwealth will undertake to limit the impact of flooding, extreme weather events, and wildfires. The Executive Order, broad in scope and objectives, is among the most comprehensive actions undertaken by any state to improve resilience and protect people and property from natural catastrophes. Most significantly, the executive order directs the development of a “Coastal Resilience Master Plan” to protect our coastline from sea level rise and extreme weather.
August 24, 2018
NASA and the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre hosted a joint workshop to explore new ways to link disaster risk reduction, preparedness, and response with NASA’s Earth Observation (EO) capabilities.
January 24, 2018
NASA’s satellite instruments are often the first to detect wildfires burning in remote regions, and the locations of new fires are sent directly to land managers worldwide within hours of the satellite overpass. Together, NASA instruments, including a number built and managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, detect actively burning fires, track the transport of smoke from fires, provide information for fire management, and map the extent of changes to ecosystems, based on the extent and severity of burn scars.
January 23, 2018
Water is coming. Where will it hit first and hardest? That’s something residents can see for themselves using an interactive flood prediction map devised by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and validated by data collected by hundreds of citizen-scientists during last fall’s king tide tracking event.
January 11, 2018
Winter rains falling on recently burned ground triggered deadly mudslides in Santa Barbara County, California on January 9. NASA calculated the amount of rain fall between January 8 and 10, 2018 and calculated the potential for landslides.
January 11, 2018
Murray, who is based at Langley Research Center, keeps an eye on them all because natural catastrophes are his job. He’s an associate manager of NASA’s disasters program. In its fiscal year ending Sept. 30, the agency responded to 106 disastrous events worldwide, providing data and images from its network of satellites and aircraft. That information has been used for everything from positioning power restoration crews in the wake of hurricanes to crafting no-fly zones after volcanic eruptions. “If there’s a major event anywhere, we’re providing something to somebody,” Murray said.
December 8, 2017
A team of NASA scientists is using a high-altitude aircraft and a sophisticated imaging spectrometer to study environmental impacts caused by the devastating Southern California wildfires. NASA’s ER-2, based at Armstrong Flight Research Center in Palmdale, California, flies as high as 70,000 feet (21,300 meters), almost twice as high as a commercial airliner. NASA uses the unique perspective of the ER-2 for science research missions over much of the world. This month, the aircraft has been flying locally over California, testing early versions of science instruments that may one day be launched into space on board a satellite to observe our home planet Earth.
November 1, 2017
A groundbreaking new study by researchers at Old Dominion University and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) challenges decades of conventional wisdom about the sinking of land in southeastern Virginia.
September 26, 2017
NASA announced Sept 26 that Old Dominion University researcher Ben Hamlington will serve as the agency's Sea Level Change Team (SLCT) for the next three years. The new SLCT consists of eight members selected from 20 research proposals. Hamlington's research proposal, "Identifying, Quantifying and Projecting Decadal Sea Level Change" was chosen from five proposals to lead the team. According to NASA, the program is intended to integrate research to improve the accuracy of sea level rise estimates and communicate those results in a simplified manner to the scientific community and general public.