Photo of the Week: Because No One Should Read Too Much on Fridays

A satellite image of South Cascade Glacier, Washington in the fall of 2006. This image was collected from the U.S. Geological Survey’s Global Fiducials Library, advertised as “a collaborative effort between Federal Civil Agencies, Academia, and the Intelligence Community.” (emphasis mine) On Monday, The New York Times reported that the CIA is reviving its partnership with climate scientists in an effort to share declassified intelligence photos of scientifically important sites that could help scientists' climate change research. The program is being revived after its predecessor MEDEA, Measurements for Earth Data for Environmental Assessment, had been discontinued under the previous administration. Photos archived in the Global Fiducial Library are made available in part because of the MEDEA program.

Photo: Courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey.