NASA, Partner Space Agencies Amass Global View of COVID-19 Impacts

NASA, Partner Space Agencies Amass Global View of COVID-19 Impacts

NASA, ESA, and JAXA have assembled a wide array of their observations of Earth from space, including “nightlights” data
NASA, ESA, and JAXA have assembled a wide array of their observations of Earth from space, including “nightlights” data from the NASA-NOAA Suomi NPP satellite, to track global and local changes brought on by the world’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This image shows San Francisco Bay.
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In response to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, NASA, ESA (European Space Agency), and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) have joined forces to use the collective scientific power of their Earth-observing satellite data to document planet-wide changes in the environment and human society. The wealth of these agencies’ collective information now is available at the touch of a finger.

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In an unprecedented collaboration, the three space agencies have created the joint COVID-19 Earth Observation Dashboard, which integrates multiple satellite data records with analytical tools to allow user-friendly tracking of changes in air and water quality, climate change, economic activity, and agriculture.