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The colored areas in this image show lightning flashes detected by LIS on NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) over 16 years. The most flashes are over land (black: >7000) and the fewest are over the ocean (pink: <10). TRMM LIS data ceased when TRMM lost orbit in June 2015.

LIS Heads to the ISS

A Lightning Imaging Sensor (LIS) is scheduled for installation on the International Space Station (ISS) in February 2017. The ISS orbit yields an increased lightning detection region, shown in dark gray, which will provide lightning observations in the important mid-latitude storm regions.


The Earth Observing System Data and Information System is a key core capability in NASA’s Earth Science Data Systems Program. It provides end-to-end capabilities for managing NASA’s Earth science data from various sources—satellites, aircraft, field measurements, and various other programs.

Richat Structure, Mauritania

Image captured on 12 February 2017 by the MODIS instrument, on board the Aqua satellite.

New Lightning Imaging Sensor to be Installed on the ISS

The installation of a Lightning Imaging Sensor (LIS) on the International Space Station (ISS) will enable detection of 98% of Earth's lightning on an annual basis.

Webinar- Access Sentinel-1 SAR Data with NASA ASF DAAC's Vertex

Event Date: February 22, 2017

Join us as we show new and experienced users how to use Vertex to discover and access Sentinel-1 synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data at the NASA Alaska Satellite Facility (ASF) Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC).

The researcher, the reef, and a storm

Can marine reserves protect Earth’s underwater nurseries?

Using NASA Earth Science Data to Help Manage Water Resources in the Navajo Nation: A Data Chat with Vickie Ly

A new computer application co-developed by Vickie Ly uses precipitation data from TRMM, GPM, and other sources to help the Navajo Nation manage water resources.

NASA’s ASDC DAAC to House SAGE III Atmospheric Data Products

NASA’s ASDC DAAC will be the home for more than a half-dozen new atmospheric data products from the upcoming SAGE III mission.

Bringing Light to the Night: New VIIRS Nighttime Imagery Available through GIBS

New imagery products available through GIBS provide stunning views of Earth at night.

NASA Earth Science Data: Yours to Use, Fully and Without Restrictions

NASA's data policy ensures that all NASA data are available fully, openly, and without restrictions. Here's what this means for you.

User Profile: Dr. Nancy Glenn

Who uses NASA Earth science data? Dr. Nancy Glenn, to study dryland ecosystems.

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