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NASA's drought-predicting satellite is almost ready to begin work - engadget.com

blogger-avatarby Daniel Cooper | @danielwcooper




According to environmentalist Lester Brown, droughts are going to be increasingly prevalent over the next few years. At the same time that he was making these claims, however, NASA was activating a spacecraft that it's hoped will do something about that. The Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite is designed to orbit the Earth, measuring global moisture levels in soil.

With that data, the agency expects to predict what regions are at the highest risk of both droughts and flooding. ...more



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