Welcome to the NASA Disasters community.
Just a few weeks ago, NASA celebrated Earth Day with the rest of the world. The 2021 theme was “Connected by Earth,” and it reminded me of just how meaningful connections are. Seeing images of cities around the world lit up at night from vantage points such as the International Space Station makes it easy to visualize connected communities. Our work also reminds us how fragile physical connections can be when hazards such as hurricanes, fires, floods, earthquakes, landslides, or tsunamis threaten.
This past year, we saw raging wildfires, unseasonal flooding, and a record-breaking hurricane season. There were 22 billion-dollar weather and climate disasters across the United States. In 2021, we've already seen the Caribbean island of St. Vincent blanketed in ash as La Soufrière volcano erupted. As I write this, Tropical Storm Andres has become the earliest named storm on record to develop in the eastern Pacific Ocean.
The intensity and frequency of natural hazards continue to increase; vulnerabilities and exposures grow, putting communities and economies at risk. Good information shared with trust informs choice and supports good decisions, and good decisions guide actions that reduce risk. That’s why we aim to engage, not only with fellow scientists, but with all levels and manners of society on a global scale to collaborate and support research and applications that will help prepare and protect our most vulnerable communities.
The information that NASA provides through data portals, dashboards and visualizations empowers decision-makers to understand the connections and interplay between Earth phenomena. With this newsletter, we’ll connect you with people enabling action, innovative technologies, cutting-edge research, and ways to access geospatial information that can help your community throughout every phase of the disaster cycle. We’ll highlight collaborations that will make a positive impact in our world. You’ll get to know some of our team, including world-renowned experts, emerging professionals, and students we've sponsored. Each of them is dedicated to making a profound and positive impact on our world through their work
Connecting local and regional communities to these resources, relationships, and scientific expertise ultimately enables our world to become more safe, resilient, and sustainable. We invite you to join us to make that impact count where it matters most. Thank you for being a part of our disasters community and for connecting with us.


David Green
Program Manager, NASA Earth Applied Sciences Disasters Program Area
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Here are some recent events we have been watching.
Flase color composite imagery showing the extent of ash fall and pyroclastic density currents (PDCs) from the La Soufriere eruption 2021
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