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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 Aqua Satellite Data Used to Create Fire Assessment Map for 2013 Yosemite Fire

NASA Satellite Data Used to Create Fire Assessment Map for 2013 Yosemite Fire

In this image from NASA's Aqua satellite, the red areas seen by the MODIS instrument revealed that live fuel moisture had excessively dried up by more than 50 percent prior to the Rim Fire in August 2013.

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EYES ON THE EARTH 3D

NASA's Eyes on the Earth graphic

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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NASA's C-20A Earth science research aircraft with the UAVSAR NASA Radar System Surveys Napa Valley Quake Area

A JPL-developed airborne radar system is conducting an airborne survey of earthquake fault displacements caused by the Aug. 24 magnitude 6.0 quake in Napa Valley, California.

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For several months, California has been in a state of New Satellite Data Will Help Farmers Facing Drought

NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive mission, launching this winter, will provide global measurements of water in soil.

Read more (Aug. 18)

Matthew Sturm of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, a co-author of this study Snow Cover on Arctic Sea Ice Has Thinned 30 to 50 Percent

New research led by NASA and the University of Washington, Seattle, confirms that springtime snow on Arctic sea ice has thinned significantly in the last 50 years.

Read more (Aug. 15)

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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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