NASA Earth Science
Earth Day Poster 2021
This year’s @NASAEarth Day is about connections – to our planet & each other. Most of the connections we see are large & obvious, but we sometimes miss the little ones. Download the NASA Science 2021 Earth Day poster & discover how we are Connected By Earth.
NASA Illustrates 2020 Hurricanes
NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio (SVS) has produced a new video showing the record-breaking 30 hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean during the 2020 season. This is the fifth year in a row with above-average hurricane activity.
Field Study Measures Snowpack
Researchers in NASA’s SnowEx field campaign use a variety of instruments on the ground and in the air to measure snow properties. This helps them understand how much water is in each winter’s snowpack, which helps with water management all year.
Average Surface Reading Ties for Second-Warmest
Earth’s global average surface temperature in 2020 tied with 2016 as the warmest year on record, according to an analysis by NASA.
Tracking the Effect of Shutdowns
NASA Earth-observing satellites tracked changes in environmental indicators and human activity due to global shutdowns responding to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Space for U.S.
NASA Earth Science at Work
With the interactive Space for U.S. website, you can see how people across the country use NASA Earth Science to help find the solutions to improve society. Search by state, territory, major bodies of water, or find stories in different topic areas.
NASA Monitors Sea Level Rise
Earth’s global sea levels are rising at an accelerating rate. This special feature package of stories and videos explains those changes, and shows how NASA tracks the causes and helps communities manage the impact.
NASA Earth Science Division Response to COVID-19
The Earth Science Division collects global Earth-observing satellite data and has planned for continuity of observations, while prioritizing the health, welfare and safety of our employees and contractors during the COVID-19 pandemic.
While NASA’s airborne and shipborne field campaigns have been largely postponed, our satellites and semi-autonomous ground sensors continue to operate with most personnel supporting missions remotely to keep onsite staff at a minimum. NASA continues to capture the ongoing changes in Earth’s systems, including new environmental signals in response to human behavior due to COVID-19.
Updates on the Division’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic will be posted to https://www.nasa.gov/coronavirus.
Updates on the Division’s scientific data and research related to the COVID-19 pandemic will be posted here.
About NASA Earth Science
NASA’s Earth Science Division (ESD) missions help us to understand our planet’s interconnected systems, from a global scale down to minute processes. Working in concert with a satellite network of international partners, ESD can measure precipitation around the world, and it can employ its own constellation of small satellites to look into the eye of a hurricane. ESD technology can track dust storms across continents and mosquito habitats across cities.
ESD delivers the technology, expertise and global observations that help us to map the myriad connections between our planet’s vital processes and the effects of ongoing natural and human-caused changes.
Using observations from satellites, instruments on the International Space Station, airplanes, balloons, ships and on land, ESD researchers collect data about the science of our planet’s atmospheric motion and composition; land cover, land use and vegetation; ocean currents, temperatures and upper-ocean life; and ice on land and sea. These data sets, which cover even the most remote areas of Earth, are freely and openly available to anyone.
The four program elements of ESD design the science and technology, launch airborne and space missions, analyze the data and observations, and develop ways to put the information to use for societal benefit. ESD also sponsors research and extends science and technology education to learners of all ages, inspiring the next generation of explorers.
More than collecting the data, however, ESD works with government and commercial partners in the U.S. and internationally to put that unique information to work as we explore our home planet, improve lives and safeguard the future for people all over the world. Earth science research also helps advance space exploration by helping scientists recognize the basic markers for life across the universe.
Ocean Satellite Renamed for Noted Earth Scientist
A key ocean-observing satellite has been renamed in honor of the retired director of NASA’s Earth Science Division. The Sentinel-6A/Jason CS satellite is now known as the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich. Freilich retired from NASA in 2019. Read more