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January 5, 2023

Quantifying Bangladesh’s Vast Water Resources

Citizen scientists and NASA satellites join forces to track water supplies.

December 28, 2022

Watch the Latest Water Satellite Unfold in Space

Cameras on the Surface Water and Ocean Topography spacecraft captured the antennas for its main science instrument unfurling in orbit.

December 21, 2022

Groundwater Replenishes Much Faster Than Thought

A new climate-based model suggests that scientists may be underestimating the importance of groundwater in sustaining streams and plant life.

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December 16, 2022

NASA Launches International Mission to Survey Earth's Water

Led by NASA and the French space agency CNES, the Surface Water and Ocean Topography mission will provide high-definition data on nearly all the water on our planet’s surface.

December 8, 2022

La Niña Times Three

Three consecutive years of La Niña conditions in the eastern Pacific Ocean make it a rare “triple dip” event.

November 3, 2022

Reaching New Levels in Groundwater Monitoring

As regions around the world face record-breaking droughts, scientists are using seismology to track groundwater levels, showing that well-managed pumping strategies have a big impact.

August 24, 2022

Lake Powell Still Shrinking

The second largest reservoir in the United States now stands at its lowest level since it was filled in the mid-1960s.

February 28, 2022

Getting Water Out of Snow With NASA Technology

How much water is in mountain snowpack? That’s a question science has been attempting to solve for decades. Finally, NASA-developed technology provides an accurate answer, using a cutting-edge airborne sensor system and sophisticated software that also predicts when snow will melt.

May 12, 2021

Reclamation Provides $2.5M For Snow Water-Supply Forecasting

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has announced $2.5 million of funding for 12 projects to advance snow measurement technology with the goal of improving water-supply forecasts.

April 22, 2021

Using Floodwater to Weather Droughts

Floodwaters aren't what most would consider a blessing. But they could help remedy California’s increasingly parched groundwater systems, according to a new study.

April 5, 2021

WWAO Passes Baton to U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

We have liftoff! NASA WWAO's new Soil Moisture Data System is operational and has been handed off to its partner, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as the project comes to a close.

December 13, 2020

Connecting The Drops - Nikki Tulley, Navajo Nation

Nikki Tulley is a member of the Navajo Nation working with WWAO on its Navajo Drought Project. She explains why she's on a mission to help her community protect its most vital resource: water.

December 11, 2020

WWAO Passes The Baton to The Navajo

We have liftoff! NASA WWAO's new Drought Severity Tool is operational and has been handed off to its tribal partner, the Navajo Nation, as the project comes to a close.

December 9, 2020

NASA-Navajo Drought Tool User Guide Launched

WWAO's Navajo Nation Drought Tool User Guide is now live. This marks a milestone in the transition of our Navajo Drought Project from research to decision makers, and is key to building capacity within the Navajo community to use the tool. 

November 19, 2020

Disparities in U.S. Water Access

A new study reveals key disparities in piped water access in urban U.S. areas. From 2013 to 2017, 1.1M people had insecure water access, with half located in the 50 largest metropolitan areas. Gaps in water access are underpinned by precarious housing conditions and systemic inequality.

July 20, 2020

Carrying Water For The Community

Water is critical for the arid, underserved Navajo Nation. Carlee McClellan, Navajo hydrologist, is working with WWAO to deliver a space-based solution for monitoring water availability. 

April 19, 2020

Tracking Water For The Navajo

A new web tool designed by WWAO scientists could help the Navajo Nation anticipate and respond to drought. The latest maps give insight into the moderate to severe drought conditions affecting much of the area.

March 31, 2020

Seeking Relief From Drought, Navajo Turn to NASA

On the Navajo Nation, access to drinking water is limited. Over 40 percent of homes lack running water. The community is hit by frequent, pervasive drought. WWAO is developing a new drought tool that, with the help of satellite data, will enable Navajo water managers to hone in on drought severity and better manage the water they have.