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Amazon rainforest
2014-07-30 16:22:37

WASHINGTON, July 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has selected proposals for two new instruments that will observe changes in global vegetation from the International Space Station. The sensors will give scientists new ways to see how forests and ecosystems are affected by changes in climate or land use change. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO A laser-based system from the University of Maryland, College Park, will observe the structure of forest canopy....

Scientists Release Global Maps Of Soil Moisture
2014-07-08 03:28:01

[ Watch The Video: Aquarius Returns Global Maps Of Soil Moisture ] Maria-José Viñas, NASA Scientists working with data from NASA's Aquarius instrument have released worldwide maps of soil moisture, showing how the wetness of the land fluctuates with the seasons and weather phenomena. Soil moisture, the water contained within soil particles, is an important player in Earth's water cycle. It is essential for plant life and influences weather and climate. Satellite readings of soil...

Food Security Boosted By ESA’s Soil Moisture And Ocean Salinity Mission
2014-05-22 03:16:39

ESA ESA’s Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity mission has gone beyond its original scientific brief of delivering critical information for understanding the water cycle – this versatile satellite is now being used to predict drought and improve crop yield in regions prone to famine. The US Department of Agriculture use satellite images and soil moisture data to help identify abnormal weather that may affect the production and yield of crops. Using this information, they publish monthly...

El Niño: 2014 Looking Like 1997
2014-05-21 03:21:35

Dr. Tony Phillips, Science@NASA [ Watch The Video: ScienceCasts: El Niño – Is 2014 The New 1997? ] Every ten days, the NASA/French Space Agency Jason-2 satellite maps all the world's oceans, monitoring changes in sea surface height, a measure of heat in the upper layers of the water. Because our planet is more than 70% ocean, this information is crucial to global forecasts of weather and climate. Lately, Jason-2 has seen something brewing in the Pacific—and it looks a lot like...

nasa and cnes
2014-05-02 12:21:33

WASHINGTON, May 2, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA and the French space agency Centre National d'Études Spatiales (CNES) have agreed to jointly build, launch, and operate a spacecraft to conduct the first-ever global survey of Earth's surface water and to map ocean surface height with unprecedented detail. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall signed an agreement Friday at NASA Headquarters in...

Proba-V Working Around The Clock
2014-02-18 08:49:27

ESA More than 5000 images, 65 daily global maps and six 10-day global syntheses, plus a quick peek at the Olympics: in its first two months of work, the vegetation-monitoring Proba-V minisatellite has yielded a valuable harvest for around a hundred scientific teams around the globe. Measuring less than a cubic metre, Proba-V tracks vegetation growth across the world on a near-daily basis – 93% of the globe is covered in one day, 100% in two days – using its main wide-viewing...

Antarctic Research Shows SMOS And GOCE Data Similarities
2014-01-09 12:58:44

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers who braved the harsh conditions of the Antarctic ice sheet will help bring about a better understanding of what lies beneath the South Pole. Dome-C on the Antarctic Plateau is one of the coldest places on Earth. The region is extremely dry and is essentially a cold-barren white desert. While these conditions are not ideal for a vacation, they do offer a stable place to check the validity of data from the European Space...

ESA’s Soil Moisture And Ocean Salinity Satellite Sees Triple Superstorms
2013-10-22 11:58:12

[ Watch The Video: SMOS Tracks Hurricane Igor ] ESA ESA’s versatile water mission tracked Asia’s recent storms over land and sea. Over the past three weeks, tropical cyclone activity has intensified over the seas bordering southern and eastern Asia. Cyclone Phailin began forming on 4 October in the Gulf of Thailand, before moving northwest across the Bay of Bengal and making landfall in northern India. The storm affected about 12 million people and claimed dozens of lives....

La Nada Event In Pacific
2013-09-10 15:37:20

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Based on data from one of NASA’s orbiting satellites, experts at the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center have found near-normal sea-surface height conditions across the equatorial Pacific Ocean, indicative of a so called “La Nada” event. The weather experts added that the condition has persisted for 16 months, since spring 2012 and will continue through the spring of 2014. “Without an El Niño or La Niña...

Smallest Continent Had Biggest Role In Sea Level Drop
2013-08-20 08:53:03

NASA A unique and complex set of circumstances came together over Australia from 2010 to 2011 to cause Earth’s smallest continent to be the biggest contributor to the observed drop in global sea level rise during that time, finds a new study co-authored and co-funded by NASA. In 2011, scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., and the University of Colorado at Boulder reported that between early 2010 and summer 2011, global sea level fell sharply, by about a...


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lunula
  • A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
This word is a diminutive of the Latin 'luna,' moon.
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