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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 Sees Stark Effects of California Drought on Agriculture

NASA Spacecraft Sees Stark Effects of California Drought on Agriculture

Stark effects of a California drought on agriculture can be seen clearly in these two February images acquired by NASA's Landsat 8 in 2014 (left) and NASA's Terra spacecraft in 2003 (right). Vegetation is depicted in shades of red, while barren fields are dark brown and gray. California leads the nation in agricultural production and exports.

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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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This view of Earth comes from NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer aboard the Terra satellite. NASA Celebrates Earth Day with Public Events and Online Activities

NASA will celebrate the 44th anniversary of Earth Day with a variety of live and online activities April 21-27 to engage the public in the agency's mission to better understand and protect our home planet.

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A soybean field in Ohio. Image credit: WikiMedia Commons Building Better Soybeans for a Hot, Dry, Hungry World

A new study shows that soybean plants can be redesigned to increase crop yields while requiring less water and helping to offset greenhouse gas warming.

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This artist's concept shows how the Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) International Space Station to Beam Video via Laser Back to Earth

What's better than videos of cats chasing laser beams over a kitchen floor? Try videos sent OVER laser beams from space back to Earth. NASA's OPALS project readies for launch.

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Separation of OCO-2 Spacecraft Separation of OCO-2 Spacecraft

This animation shows the separation of the OCO-2 spacecraft from the Delta II launch vehicle.

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