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 Releases First Global Rainfall and Snowfall Map from New Mission
The Global Precipitation Measurement mission has produced its first global map of rainfall and snowfall.
- New NASA Earth Science Missions Expand View of Our Home Planet
Four new NASA Earth-observing missions are collecting data from space ? with a fifth newly in orbit ? after the busiest year of NASA Earth science launches in more than a decade.
- NASA Briefing to Highlight Early Results from New Earth Science Missions
Over the past 12 months NASA has added five missions to its orbiting Earth-observing fleet ? the biggest one-year increase in more than a decade. NASA scientists will discuss early observations from the new missions and their current status during a media teleconference at 2 p.m. EST Thursday, Feb. 26.
- NASA Science Leads New York City Climate Change 2015 Report
The report details significant future increases in temperature, precipitation and sea level in the New York metropolitan area.
- NASA Study Finds Carbon Emissions Could Dramatically Increase Risk of U.S. Megadroughts
Droughts in the U.S. Southwest and Central Plains during the last half of this century could be drier and longer than drought conditions seen in those regions in the last 1,000 years, according to a new NASA study.
- NASA Launches Groundbreaking Soil Moisture Mapping Satellite
NASA successfully launched its first Earth satellite designed to collect global observations of the vital soil moisture hidden just beneath our feet. The Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory, a mission with broad applications for science and society, lifted off at 6:22 a.m. PST (9:22 a.m. EST) Saturday from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, 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 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 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.
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