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.
August 2014 Highlight
- Ozone-Depleting Compound Persists, NASA Research Shows
NASA research shows Earth's atmosphere contains an unexpectedly large amount of an ozone-depleting compound from an unknown source decades after the compound was banned worldwide.
- NASA to Investigate Climate Impacts of Arctic Sea Ice Loss
A new NASA field campaign will begin flights over the Arctic this summer to study the effect of sea ice retreat on Arctic climate. The Arctic Radiation IceBridge Sea and Ice Experiment (ARISE) will conduct research flights Aug. 28 through Oct. 1, covering the peak of summer sea ice melt.
- NASA Glenn and Partners Studying Lake Erie Algal Bloom
NASA seeks to unlock secrets of Lake Erie algal blooms.
- Reporters Invited to NASA Hurricane Airborne Mission Media Day at Wallops
Media are invited to learn about NASA's Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel (HS3) airborne mission from scientists and pilots and see the remotely-piloted aircraft used in the study from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT, Thursday, Sept. 11, at NASA?s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
- Satellite Study Reveals Parched U.S. West Using Up Underground Water
A new study by NASA and University of California, Irvine, scientists finds more than 75 percent of the water loss in the drought-stricken Colorado River Basin since late 2004 came from underground resources. The extent of groundwater loss may pose a greater threat to the water supply of the western United States than previously thought.
- NASA Kicks Off Field Campaign to Probe Ocean Ecology, Carbon Cycle
NASA embarks this week on a coordinated ship and aircraft observation campaign off the Atlantic coast of the United States, an effort to advance space-based capabilities for monitoring microscopic plants that form the base of the marine food chain.
- Major Air Pollution Studies to Converge Over Denver
Two NASA aircraft are participating in field campaigns beginning this month in Colorado that will probe the factors leading to unhealthy air quality conditions and improve the ability to diagnose air quality conditions from space.
- NASA Launches New Carbon-Sensing Mission to Monitor Earth?s Breathing
NASA successfully launched its first spacecraft dedicated to studying atmospheric carbon dioxide at 2:56 a.m. PDT (5:56 a.m. EDT) Wednesday.
- NASA Launches Earth Science Challenges with OpenNEX Cloud Data
NASA is launching two challenges to give the public an opportunity to create innovative ways to use data from the agency?s Earth science satellites.
- College Students Study Earth From NASA's DC-8 Flying Lab
Thirty-two undergraduate college students are immersed in NASA's Earth Science research during the 2014 Student Airborne Research Program.
A quite consistent picture has emerged from recent studies on current climate change and future climate projections under increased greenhouse gases regarding the mean precipitation distribution and e…