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's GRACE Sees a Drying California

NASA's GRACE Sees a Drying California

This trio of images depicts satellite observations of declining water storage in California as seen by NASA's Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment satellites in June 2002 (left), June 2008 (center) and June 2014 (right). California's Sacramento and San Joaquin River basins, including the Central Valley, have suffered the greatest losses.

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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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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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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 tide coming in over ice in Greenland. NASA Airborne Campaigns Tackle Climate Questions

Five new NASA airborne field campaigns, including one from JPL, will take to the skies in 2015 to investigate how air pollution, warming ocean waters and fires affect climate.

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Northern India is one of the soil moisture hot spots found in Koster's study. NASA's SMAP May Clarify Link from Wet Soil to Weather

Weather -- rain, heat and wind -- affects the moisture in soil that allows plants to grow. How does soil moisture influence weather in return?

Read more (Nov. 19)

This photo taken during the CARVE experiment shows polygonal lakes created by melting permafrost on Alaska's North Slope. NASA: Alaska Shows No Signs of Rising Arctic Methane

Despite recent Arctic warming, a NASA analysis finds that Alaskan soils are not releasing methane at high rates. Changes in this region have not yet affected global methane.

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SRTM: A NASA Safari into Africa's Topography SRTM: A NASA Safari into Africa's Topography

Take a jaunt on the wild side as NASA JPL Shuttle Radar Topography Mission conducts an aerial safari of Africa varied topography.

Thousands Explore the JPL Universe at Open House 2014 Thousands Explore the JPL Universe at Open House 2014

JPL hosted a record 45,000 visitors during its 2014 Open House event on Oct. 11 and 12, which showcased the laboratory's missions and science.

RapidScat installation on the International Space Station RapidScat installation on the International Space Station

Time-lapse footage of the RapidScat "wind watcher" instrument being installed on the International Space Station, followed by reaction by the team after its activation.

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