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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 EO-1 Spacecraft Closely Monitors Hawaii Lava Threat

NASA EO-1 Spacecraft Closely Monitors Hawaii Lava Threat

Kilauea volcano, Hawaii, has been in continuous eruption since 1983. Recently, lava flows from a vent close to the Pu'u O'o cone began cutting through dense vegetation and moving closer to inhabited areas. On Sept. 8, 2014, the Advanced Land Imager (ALI) on NASA's Earth Observing 1 spacecraft obtained this infrared image.

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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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The image shows Kelvin waves of high sea level (red/yellow) crossing the Pacific Ocean at the equator. The Fickle El Niño of 2014

Prospects have been fading for an El Niño event in 2014, but now there's a glimmer of hope for a very modest comeback.

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on the launch pad at Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. NASA's ISS-RapidScat is Headed Into Space!

The SpaceX Dragon capsule carrying the ISS-RapidScat mission has separated from the Falcon 9 launch vehicle, and the Dragon capsule is in its final preliminary orbit. Berthing with the space station is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 23.

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At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 40 NASA Launches RapidScat Wind Watcher to Space Station

A NASA mission to boost global monitoring of ocean winds for improved weather forecasting and climate studies is now breezing its way to the International Space Station.

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Video: RapidScat: NASA's Newest Wind Watcher RapidScat: NASA's Newest Wind Watcher

Mission scientists and engineers describe how their small team, on a tight budget and short deadline, created ISS-RapidScat to measure ocean winds.

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A New Measure of Ocean Winds A New Measure of Ocean Winds

A new tool for tracking hurricanes and tropical storms, ISS-RapidScat is the first instrument specifically created to watch Earth from the International Space Station.

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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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