Models and displays of Earth-observing missions were on display at Open House 2008.

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Title: Earth Sciences

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Title: JPL builds and operates roughly half of NASA's missions or instruments designed to study the Earth from space.

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Title: These satellites measure sea surface height, accurate to centimeters, in order to determine the temperature and circulation of the oceans.

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This helps gather important information on...

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Title: Global Warming

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Ralph Basilio, Deputy Project Manager, Ocean Surface Topography Mission - The Ocean Surface Topography Mission is going to be a follow-on to an Earth or a sea-level height experiment that started with Topex Poseidon.

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We are all excited about this particular mission because the data over the last 15 years from Topex and from Jason has shown that

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sea level has been rising on the order of about 3 millimeters a year.

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Title: Severe Weather Activity

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Tony Freeman, Program Manager, Earth Science Research and Advanced Concepts - This is the Soil Moisture Active Passive Mission. It's a mission to measure soil moisture at the top levels of the soil.

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It's going to improve weather forecast, it will improve our ability to predict drought, so that's what this mission will give us a picture.

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Title: Environmental Conditions

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David Crisp, Principal Investigator, Orbiting Carbon Observatory - Over the next 2 years we are going to be getting some of the best data we have ever acquired.

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That information is absolutely critical for understanding how carbon dioxide will be affecting our climate in the future.

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Jet Propulsion Laboratory - California Institute of Technology

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