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The Surface Water and Ocean Topography mission offers the first taste of the detailed perspectives of Earth’s surface water that its cutting-edge instruments will be able to capture.
Joint NASA, CNES Water-Tracking Satellite Reveals First Stunning Views
Observations from space show that the rate of sea level rise is increasing. Knowing where and how much rise is happening can help coastal planners prepare for future hazards.
NASA Uses 30-Year Satellite Record to Track and Project Rising Seas
A pilot project has estimated emissions and removals of carbon dioxide in individual nations using satellite measurements.
NASA Space Mission Takes Stock of Carbon Dioxide Emissions by Countries
NASA scientists have mapped almost 10 billion individual trees in Africa’s drylands to assess the amount of carbon stored outside of the continent’s dense tropical forests.
NASA-Funded Scientists Estimate Carbon Stored in African Dryland Trees
Mangroves help protect against the effects of climate change in low-lying coastal regions. NASA and partners are using satellite data to monitor the health of these ecosystems so local experts can respond.
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A Health Check for South American Mangroves
This source accounts for about 10% of all the water that enters this highly productive farmland, including rivers and rain.
NASA Measures Underground Water Flowing From Sierra to Central Valley
Earth's average surface temperature in 2022 tied with 2015 as the fifth warmest on record, according to an analysis by NASA.
NASA Says 2022 Fifth Warmest Year on Record, Warming Trend Continues
Extreme rainfall during Tropical Storm Nalgae (locally called Paeng) on Oct. 29, 2022, caused destructive flooding and landslides in the southern Philippines.
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Tropical Storm Nalgae Floods the Philippines
A warming planet is leading to more frequent and intense rainfall, causing more landslides. A team of master’s students came up with a novel approach to helping NASA study these events on a large scale.
Earth Science in Action
Using Reddit to Detect Landslides
A case study involving Europe’s largest coal-fired power plant shows space-based observations can be used to track carbon dioxide emissions – and reductions – at the source.
NASA Space Missions Pinpoint Sources of CO2 Emissions on Earth
Climate change is adding to food insecurity, along with a growing population and chronic world hunger. That's where the agency's Earth science data come in.
NASA At Your Table: The Space Agency's Surprising Role in Agriculture
Climate change may affect the production of maize (corn) and wheat as early as 2030, according to a new NASA study. (Image credit: Melissa Askew/Unsplash)
Global Climate Change Impact on Crops Expected Within 10 Years, NASA Study Finds