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An ice glacier.
Earth, Climate Change, Ice
Feb 16, 2018
Last year was a record-breaking one for Operation IceBridge, NASA’s aerial survey of the state of polar ice. For the first time in its nine-year history, the mission, which aims to close the gap between two NASA satellite campaigns that study changes in the height of polar ice, carried out seven... Read More
Earth, Climate Change, Ice
Jun 8, 2017
With temperatures around the world climbing, melt waters from the continental ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica are raising sea levels. Those ice sheets are melting from both above and below. Much of the ice lost from ice sheets comes from a process called calving where ice erodes, breaks off... Read More
Greenland's Thinning Ice Poster
Earth, Climate Change
May 12, 2017
Water is a critical resource in the western U.S. NASA’s Airborne Snow Observatory is giving California water agencies the first complete measurements of the water available in the Sierra snowpack along with data on when the snow will melt.
Image of airplane scanning snow fall in landscape
Earth, Climate Change
Jul 26, 2016
The ocean covers more than 70% of Earth’s surface. Reaching as far down as 36,000 feet in some places, the waters of our planet occupy a staggering volume. …enough, it seems, to hide a big mystery.  
Reshuffling Heat Poster 2
Earth, Climate Change
Jun 27, 2016
Air quality is a global issue. Currents of air waft gaseous and particulate pollutants from region to region, country to country, and even continent to continent. Emissions from human activities, sunlight, weather, pollution from far away, wildfires, and wind-blown dust can all affect air quality.... Read More
Monitoring Air Quality Poster 2
Earth, Climate Change
Jan 26, 2016
Earth is enveloped by a vast ocean that covers about 71 percent of our planet. Even tiny changes in this body of water can add up to enormous effects on climate and weather.  The Jason-3 satellite, launched on January 17, 2016, will allow scientists to continue a 23-year record aimed at... Read More
Measuring the Rising Seas Poster