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.
- California ?Rain Debt? Equal to Average Full Year of Precipitation
A new NASA study has concluded California accumulated a debt of about 20 inches of precipitation between 2012 and 2015 -- the average amount expected to fall in the state in a single year. The deficit was driven primarily by a lack of air currents moving inland from the Pacific Ocean that are rich in water vapor.
- NASA Hosts ?Quest for Quakes? Data Challenge
A new NASA challenge is looking for evidence to support a theory that electromagnetic pulses (EMP) may precede an earthquake, potentially offering a warning to those in the quake?s path.
- NASA Satellite Camera Provides ?EPIC? View of Earth
A NASA camera on the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite has returned its first view of the entire sunlit side of Earth from one million miles away.
- Battling Wildfires from Space: NASA Adds to Firefighters? Toolkit
U.S. firefighters battling wildfires this year will get a clearer view of these threats with new NASA-funded satellite-based tools to better detect fires nationwide and predict their behavior.
- NASA, Agriculture Department Deputies to Sign Interagency Agreement for Earth Science, Agricultural Research
NASA Deputy Administrator Dava Newman and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden will sign an interagency agreement and hold a media availability from 10 to 11 a.m. PDT on Thursday, July 16, at NASA?s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California.
- NASA Study Finds Indian, Pacific Oceans Temporarily Hide Global Warming
A new NASA study of ocean temperature measurements shows in recent years extra heat from greenhouse gases has been trapped in the waters of the Pacific and Indian oceans. Researchers say this shifting pattern of ocean heat accounts for the slowdown in the global surface temperature trend observed during the past decade.
- NASA Hosts Media Day Featuring Airborne Storm Mission
NASA will host a media event Saturday, July 11 showcasing Plains Elevated Convection at Night (PECAN), a new multi-agency airborne research campaign currently studying summer storm systems in the U.S. Great Plains.
- NASA Takes to Kansas Skies to Study Nighttime Thunderstorms
NASA has joined a multi-agency field campaign studying summer storm systems in the U.S. Great Plains to find out why they often form after the sun goes down instead of during the heat of the day.
- International Spacecraft Carrying NASA?s Aquarius Instrument Ends Operations
An international Earth-observing mission launched in 2011 to study the salinity of the ocean surface ended June 8 when an essential part of the power and attitude control system for the SAC-D spacecraft, which carries NASA's Aquarius instrument, stopped operating. The Aquarius instrument successfully achieved its science objectives and completed it
- NASA Releases Detailed Global Climate Change Projections
NASA has released data showing how temperature and rainfall patterns worldwide may change through the year 2100 because of growing concentrations of greenhouse gases in Earth?s atmosphere.