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Earth Day 2019: How NASA data helps us deal with disasters and climate change

Just in time for Earth Day: A new NASA site demonstrates how the body's Earth Observation data helps communities across the United States address climate change, disasters and environmental challenges. The initiative is called Space for US allows users to select from a map to see state descriptions of programs using NASA data. Alternatively, visitors can choose to see program initiatives through topic instead. For example, clicking on "Oklahoma" shows how NASA's Short Term Research and Transition Center (SPoRT) helped residents in and around the city of Moore recover from a devastating tornado in May 2013. "NASA's SPORT Center analyzes the practical uses of Earth observation for meteorology and transmit them to the weather community for real applications, NASA officials said on their page for Oklahoma . "For this storm, SPoRT dropped into a sleek NASA satellites and sensors &#821 1; as well as Earth Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Earth observation data (NOAA) and other partners – to determine the extent of tornados rampage. " Related: Earth Day 2019: These Amazing NASA Images Show Earth from Above SPoRT identified issues of immediate concern, such as power outages – showing areas of major infrastructure damage, which also tracked lightning strikes, which is a sign of intense local thunderstorm activity and can help lead to better warnings for future storms. Other NASA Earth Observation Application projects listed on the site – there are 56 in total – include helping pilots maneuver around Alaskan volcanic ash and assist conservation in Hawaii by protecting…

Just in time for Earth Day: A new NASA site demonstrates how the body‘s Earth Observation data helps communities across the United States address climate change, disasters and environmental challenges. The initiative is called Space for US allows users to select from a map to see state descriptions of programs using NASA data. Alternatively, visitors can choose to see program initiatives through topic instead. For example, clicking on “Oklahoma” shows how NASA’s Short Term Research and Transition Center (SPoRT) helped residents in and around the city of Moore recover from a devastating tornado in May 2013.

“NASA’s SPORT Center analyzes the practical uses of Earth observation for meteorology and transmit them to the weather community for real applications, NASA officials said on their page for Oklahoma . “For this storm, SPoRT dropped into a sleek NASA satellites and sensors &#821

1; as well as Earth Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Earth observation data (NOAA) and other partners – to determine the extent of tornados rampage. ”

Related: Earth Day 2019: These Amazing NASA Images Show Earth from Above

SPoRT identified issues of immediate concern, such as power outages – showing areas of major infrastructure damage, which also tracked lightning strikes, which is a sign of intense local thunderstorm activity and can help lead to better warnings for future storms.

Other NASA Earth Observation Application projects listed on the site – there are 56 in total – include helping pilots maneuver around Alaskan volcanic ash and assist conservation in Hawaii by protecting sensitive coral reefs from climate change.

“It’s exciting and impressive how people put NASA data to work across the country,” said Lawrence Friedl, head of the applied scientific program at the NASA Earth Science Division in Washington DC said in a statement .

NASA officials added that the organization “free and open” offers Earth observation data so that communities can work through issues such as food security, human health or the availability of clean drinking water.

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