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Earth - Climate Topics

  • Contrary Thermometers

    2000April 6, 2011

    Scientists are working to understand why the lower atmosphere isn't heating up as fast as some global warming models predict. The atmosphere appears to be more complex than computer simulations that researchers use to understand our planet's climate.

  • The Inconstant Sun

    2003Sept. 20, 2011

    If you thought the sun was an unwavering beacon, you're wrong. An experiment called SOLCON on board shuttle mission STS-107 is monitoring the sun's brightness high above Earth's cloudy atmosphere. Researchers say it's crucial data for studies of climate change.

  • A Chilling Possibility

    2004April 6, 2011

    By disturbing a massive ocean current, melting Arctic sea ice might trigger colder weather in Europe and North America.

  • Climate Variability & Change

    Focus AreasMay 6, 2010

    NASA's role in climate variability study is centered around providing the global scale observational data sets on oceans and ice, their forcings, and the interactions with the entire Earth system.

  • Carbon Offsets and Earth Observations

    Climate Policy Speaker SeriesJuly 15, 2014

    Molly Macauley, Senior Fellow and Research Director at Resources for the Future - In climate policy discussions, the issue of emissions “offsets” is a contentious topic. This presentation discusses answers to the most frequently asked questions about offsets.