We have all been dismayed to see the extent of the damage done during the recent landslides that occurred after forest fires had destroyed much of the vegetation, and then intense rain caused a horrific landslide to occur in Montecito. You can read more here about how NASA's Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 was able to acquire natural color imagery of the affected region both before and after the landslide occurred, which enables us to observe the impact of this natural disaster on the environment. NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement mission (GPM) measured the intense rainfall that caused this landslide to occur in the region that had already experienced wild fires the month before. You can learn more about how GPM measured this storm here.
Join us for our ENSO Phase III "Water in Our Environment" webinar on Thurs., Feb. 8th at 8 pm (EST) as we learn about how and why NASA satellites study landslides from Dr. Dalia Kirschbaum. We will also hear from some GLOBE teachers and students who live in California about their experiences and observations, and discuss how we can use several GLOBE protocols; including clouds, precipitation, soil, fire fuel, and land cover; to predict these natural disasters and make observations about the impact of them on the environment. We will also collaborate on resources that can be used to better understand these dangerous natural disasters.