Climate and Earth Resources

NASA Earth Science Division

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NASA’s Earth Science Division (ESD) missions help us to understand our planet’s interconnected systems, from a global scale down to minute processes. 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.

 

NASA Earth Science Missions

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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. Learn more about NASA's Earth Science missions.

 

Global Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

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Global Climate Change is a premiere resource for accurate and timely news and information about Earth's changing climate, along with current data and visualizations, presented from the unique perspective of NASA. 

Visit: Images of Change  

 

Earth Observatory

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The Earth Observatory’s mission is to share with the public the images, stories, and discoveries about the environment, Earth systems, and climate that emerge from NASA research, including its satellite missions, in-the-field research, and models. 

Download: Earth eBook (2019) 

 

Scientific Visualization Studio

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The Scientific Visualization Studio wants you to learn about NASA programs through visualization. The SVS works closely with scientists in the creation of visualizations, animations, and images in order to promote a greater understanding of Earth and Space Science research activities at NASA and within the academic research community supported by NASA. All the visualizations and multimedia products created by the SVS, CI Lab, and Goddard Media Studios are accessible to you through this web site, and free to download. 

Learn: What’s New with Earth Today