Climate & Radiation: Mission
We investigate atmospheric radiation, both as a driver for climate change and as a tool for the remote sensing of Earth's atmosphere and surface. Our Climate research program seeks to better understand how our planet reached its present state, and how it may respond to future drivers, both natural and anthropogenic.
- NASA TV Coverage Set for Launch of Newest Earth-Observing Mission
NASA is preparing for a Thursday, Jan. 29, launch of the first U.S. Earth-observing satellite designed to collect global observations of surface soil moisture. The agency?s Soil Moisture Active Passive mission (SMAP) will lift off from Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 9:20 a.m. EST (6:20 a.m. PST) on a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket.
- NASA, NOAA Find 2014 Warmest Year in Modern Record
The year 2014 ranks as Earth?s warmest since 1880, according to two separate analyses by NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists.
- NASA Takes Giant Leaps on the Journey to Mars, Eyes Our Home Planet and the Distant Universe, Tests Technologies and Improves the Skies Above in 2014
In 2014, NASA took significant steps on the agency?s journey to Mars -- testing cutting-edge technologies and making scientific discoveries while studying our changing Earth and the infinite universe as the agency made progress on the next generation of air travel.
- NASA Satellites Measure Increase of Sun?s Energy Absorbed in the Arctic
The observed increase in solar radiation absorbed in the Arctic since 2000 aligns with the steady decrease in Arctic sea ice during the same period.
- NASA Analysis: 11 Trillion Gallons to Replenish California Drought Losses
It will take about 11 trillion gallons of water (42 cubic kilometers) -- around 1.5 times the maximum volume of the largest U.S. reservoir -- to recover from California's continuing drought, according to a new analysis of NASA satellite data.
- NASA Highlights Drought, Mars, Arctic Warming at American Geophysical Union
NASA researchers will present new findings on a wide range of Earth and space science topics next week at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco.
- NASA Airborne Campaigns Tackle Climate Questions from Africa to Arctic
Five new NASA airborne field campaigns will take to the skies starting in 2015 to investigate how long-range air pollution, warming ocean waters, and fires in Africa affect our climate.
- NASA Computer Model Provides a New Portrait of Carbon Dioxide
An ultra-high-resolution computer model gives scientists a stunning new look at how atmospheric carbon dioxide travels around the globe.
- NASA Administrator, Ambassadors Brigety and Haslach Discuss Application of NASA Earth Science for Planning in African Union Nations
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia Patricia Haslach, and U.S. Ambassador to the African Union (AU) Reuben Brigety, met this week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to discuss resources available to help mitigate the impacts in Africa of global climate change.
- NASA Program Enhances Climate Resilience at Agency Facilities
A new study in the latest issue of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society provides an in-depth look at how NASA facilities have been affected by climate extremes and climate change in recent years and how the agency is preparing for the future.
Cloud thermodynamic phase (ice or liquid) classification is an important first step for cloud retrievals from passive sensors such as MODIS (Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiomete…