National Aeronautics and Space Administration Global Climate Change – News

  • First Data from NASA's OCO-3 Mission: 'CO2, I See You'
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    NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-3 (OCO-3), the agency's newest carbon dioxide-measuring mission to launch into space, has seen the light. From its perch on the International Space Station, OCO-3 captured its first glimpses of sunlight reflected by Earth's surface on June 25, 2019. Just weeks later, the OCO-3 team was able… Read more »
  • Through Smoke and Fire, NASA Searches for Answers
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    Follow the space agency this summer to learn how NASA investigates fires to improve lives and safeguard the future. The effects of fires linger long after they’re extinguished: They can upend ecosystems, influence climate and disrupt communities. While NASA keeps an eye on today’s fires, it also tackles the big-picture… Read more »
  • A Drier Future Sets the Stage for More Wildfires
    This article is part of a series that explores NASA research into Earth's fresh water and surveys how those advances help people solve real world problems. Learn more. November 8, 2018 was a dry day in Butte County, California. The state was in its sixth consecutive year of drought, and… Read more »
  • Managing Fresh Water Across the United States
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    This article is part of a series that explores NASA research into Earth's fresh water and surveys how those advances help people solve real world problems. Learn more. The varied landscapes of the United States have unique relationships with water. On the East Coast, rain is a regular occurrence. In… Read more »
  • NASA's ECOSTRESS Maps European Heat Wave From Space
    Europe's massive heat wave is on its way out — and it's leaving a slew of broken temperature records in its wake. Many countries were gripped by temperatures above 104 Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius) between June 26 and June 30. According to the World Meteorological Organization, June 2019 is now… Read more »
  • When Drought Threatens Crops: NASA's Role in Famine Warnings
    This article is part of a series that explores NASA research into Earth's fresh water and surveys how those advances help people solve real world problems. Learn more. NASA’s satellite imagery and model forecasts regularly help agricultural and aid agencies to monitor the performance of crops worldwide and prepare for… Read more »
  • The Water Future of Earth's 'Third Pole'
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    This article is part of a series that explores NASA research into Earth's fresh water and surveys how those advances help people solve real world problems. Learn more. Himalaya. Karakoram. Hindu Kush. The names of Asia's high mountain ranges conjure up adventure to those living far away, but for more… Read more »
  • These Glaciers Melt at Your Fingertips
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    Take control of Greenland's melting ice over the past 12,000 years with a new simulation from the Virtual Earth System Laboratory at NASA-JPL. ›Visit the simulation Icy barriers began melting away at the close of the last ice age, easing human passage into North America. Now scientists are piecing together… Read more »
  • Looking for Fresh Water in All the Snowy Places
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    This article is part of a series that explores NASA research into Earth's fresh water and surveys how those advances help people solve real world problems. Learn more. Snowflakes that cover mountains or linger under tree canopies are a vital freshwater resource for over a billion people around the world.… Read more »
  • Study Predicts More Long-Term Sea Level Rise from Greenland Ice
    Greenland’s melting ice sheet could generate more sea level rise than previously thought if greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase and warm the atmosphere at their current rate, according to a new modeling study. The study, which used data from NASA’s Operation IceBridge airborne campaign, was published in Science Advances… Read more »