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GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE from JPL

Earth Right Now 2014

Your planet is changing. We're on it.

Our planet is changing. Through the gradual build-up of more greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, Earth is warming. As Earth warms, ocean waters expand and ice melts to make sea levels rise. The cycle of rainfall and evaporation accelerates, leading to more severe droughts and more severe bouts of rainfall. Heat waves become more frequent and more intense. It is this changing world that NASA continues to explore and strives to understand, so that societies can meet the challenges of the future.

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EARTH IMAGES from the JPL Photojournal

NASA Spacecraft Eyes China Flooding

NASA Spacecraft Eyes China Flooding

This image from the NASA’s Terra spacecraft shows extensive flooding resulting from Typhoon Rammasun in Ningming, China. The typhoon caused widespread flooding in northern Vietnam and southern China in cities and villages, triggering landslides and collapsing buildings.

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EYES ON THE EARTH 3D

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Explore Earth satellites in 3D

"Eyes on the Earth" is a 3-D visualization experience that lets users "fly along" with NASA's fleet of Earth science missions and observe climate data from a global perspective in an immersive, real-time environment.

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Earth Observing Missions

Active Cavity Irradiance Monitor Satellite
Monitors total sun energy that reaches Earth.
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Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer on Terra satellite
Takes high-resolution images, global and local.
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Earth Science Airborne Program
Utilizing remote sensing instruments for suborbital studies.
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Aquarius
Measures sea surface salinity and will provide the global view of salinity variability needed for climate studies.
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Atmospheric Infrared Sounder on Aqua satellite
Measures air and surface temperature, clouds, humidity.
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CloudSat
Revealing the inner secrets of clouds.
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Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment
Measures Earth's gravitational field.
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Microwave Limb Sounder on Aura satellite
Improves understanding of ozone and precursors.
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Multi-angle Imaging Spectro-Radiometer on Terra satellite
Images Earth and aerosols from nine angles.
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Ocean Surface Topography Mission/Jason 2
A follow-on to Jason 1, this mission charts sea level, and its data will help improve climate and weather forecasts.
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Quick Scatterometer
Measures ocean surface winds.
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Shuttle Radar Topography Mission
Acquired the most complete near global mapping of Earth's topography.
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Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer on Aura satellite
Observes ozone and gases in the troposphere, the part of atmosphere where we live.
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Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar
First Data Collection Flight: September 18, 2007
An imaging radar instrument flown on airplanes and, eventually, uninhabited aerial vehicles to study Earth.
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Alice Zhai and Jonathan Jiang. Image credit: NASA Science Fair Project Spins Up NASA Hurricane Study

With the help of a JPL researcher, high school intern Alice Zhai has turned her science fair project into the first look at the economic impacts of hurricane size.

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Two new spaceborne Earth-observing instruments will help scientists better understand how global forests New NASA Studies to Examine Climate/Vegetation Links

NASA has selected a proposal from JPL for a new International Space Station instrument that will observe effects on global vegetation caused by changes in climate or land use.

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Surface-water depletion in the Colorado River Basin has left this Parched West Is Using Up Underground Water: NASA/UCI

A new study finds more than 75 percent of recent water loss from the Colorado River Basin came from underground sources, with grave implications for the West's water supply.

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Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 OCO-2: NASA's Carbon Counter

NASA's new Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 will study carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and help us understand how fast it will build up in the future.

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NASA's RapidScat: Watching the Winds from Space NASA's RapidScat: Watching the Winds from Space

Explore the science behind NASA's wind-watching mission, ISS-RapidScat, launching to the International Space Station in 2014.

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OCO-2: NASA's New Carbon Counter OCO-2: NASA's New Carbon Counter

NASA's OCO-2 mission will shed new light on understanding carbon and its role in our planet's future.

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