NASA | The Ocean: A Driving Force for Weather and Climate
The Ocean is essential to life on Earth. Most of Earth’s water is stored in the ocean. Although 40 percent of Earth’s population lives within, or near coastal regions- the ocean impacts people everywhere. Without the ocean, our planet would be uninhabitable. This animation helps to convey the importance of Earth’s oceanic processes as one component of Earth’s interrelated systems.
NASA | Mapping Alaska’s Forests
Mapping the composition and structure of Alaska’s forests in coordination with the U.S. Forest Service is just one of many airborne NASA Earth Science missions.
NASA | Earth’s Water Cycle
This animation uses NASA Earth science data from a variety of sensors on satellites, as well as cartoons, to describe Earth’s water cycle and the continuous movement of water on, above, and below the surface of the Earth.
GPM: The Fresh(water) Connection
Launched in early 2014, the GPM mission will help to advance our understanding of Earth’s water and energy cycles, improve the forecasting of extreme events that cause natural disasters, and extend current capabilities of using satellite precipitation information to directly benefit society.
TRMM at 15: The Reign of Rain
Originally scheduled to gather data for a period of five years, the Tropical Rainfall Measurement Mission (TRMM) has been in operation for over fifteen years. TRMM data has contributed to the advancement of many research areas, including deepening our knowledge of rainfall in the tropics.
NASA Now Minute: Earth’s Atmosphere
Dr. Kenneth Pickering talks about the composition of Earth’s atmosphere, how it protects life on Earth, and how it is interconnected with the Earth system.
OCO-2 and the Carbon Story
We still don’t know about the processes that control the rise of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and what role they might play in Earth’s changing climate. The Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO-2) mission will gather critical information on carbon sinks and sources to help us connect the dots.
10 Years of Aura Legacy
During the summer of 2014, the Aura atmospheric chemistry satellite celebrated its 10th anniversary. Since its launch in 2004, Aura has monitored the Earth’s atmosphere and provided data on the ozone layer, air quality, and greenhouse gasses associated with climate change.
NASA | A Tour of the Cryosphere 2009
What is the cryosphere? This video takes viewers on a tour of this system and provides an explanation of why it is so important to Earth’s climate.