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Launching this spring, the two small satellites of NASA’s PREFIRE mission will fill in missing data from Earth’s polar regions.
Meet NASA's Twin Spacecraft Headed to the Ends of the Earth
A new, comprehensive analysis of satellite data finds that majority of glaciers on the landmass have retreated significantly.
NASA Study: More Greenland Ice Lost Than Previously Estimated
What caused the year to be so hot? Here is a breakdown of the primary factors that scientists considered.
Five Factors to Explain the Record Heat in 2023
Earth’s average surface temperature in 2023 was the warmest on record, according to an analysis by NASA.
NASA Analysis Confirms 2023 as Warmest Year on Record
NISAR will study change to ice sheets, glaciers, and sea ice in fine detail, as climate change warms the air and ocean.
This US-Indian Satellite Will Monitor Earth's Changing Frozen Regions
This immersive experience leverages satellite data to illustrate how climate change is impacting Earth’s water cycle.
Google's ‘A Passage of Water' Brings NASA's Water Data to Life
With 26 Earth-observing satellite missions, as well as instruments flying on planes and the space station, NASA has a global vantage point for studying our changing planet. The agency will share that knowledge and data at the 28th U.N. Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP28) happening from Thursday, Nov. 30 to Tuesday, Dec. 12.
NASA to Showcase Earth Science Data at COP28
Such high-tide flooding that inundates roads and buildings along the west coast of the Americas tends to be uncommon outside of El Niño years, but that could change by the 2030s.
NASA Analysis Finds Strong El Niño Could Bring Extra Floods This Winter
Data from NASA and other institutions show that the global decline in coral reefs is mainly driven by climate change and other human actions, including pollution. While some corals survive even under harsh conditions, scientists emphasize the importance of taking action to better protect and manage reefs.
Ask NASA Climate
Vanishing Corals, Part Two: Climate Change is Stressing Corals, But There's Hope
Methane ‘hot spots’ in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta are more likely to be found where recent wildfires burned into the tundra, altering carbon emissions from the land.
NASA Flights Link Methane Plumes to Tundra Fires in Western Alaska
Months of excessive heat and drought have parched the Mississippi River. Find out why water levels dropped so low, as seen in a September 2023 satellite image.
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Low Water in the Mississippi River
Data on sea surface heights around the world from the international Surface Water and Ocean Topography mission yields a mesmerizing view of the planet’s ocean.
See SWOT Mission's Unprecedented View of Global Sea Levels