Global Climate Change
Vital Signs of the Planet
CO2 video for carbon feature
The past decade has been the hottest ever recorded since global temperature records began 150 years ago. This video discusses the impacts of the sun's energy, Earth's reflectance and greenhouse gasses on global warming.
Video: Temperature Puzzle
This animation shows the change in atmospheric nitrogen dioxide (NO
) levels as a result of COVID-19 stay-at-home restrictions.
COVID-19 Mitigation Leads to Reduced Pollution Associated with Decreased Fossil Fuel Use
Explore Kaneohe Bay with NASA’s CORAL scientists. During field campaigns, scientists take in-water (in situ) measurements to validate the data from airborne instruments.
Explore Kaneohe Bay with NASA's CORAL scientists
B-roll for media on the sea level-observing Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite.
Video: Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich Media Reel
Oceanographer Josh Willis discusses the heat capacity of water, performs an experiment to demonstrate heat capacity using a water balloon and describes how water's ability to store heat affects Earth's climate.
Video: Oceans of Climate Change
Ice covers 10 percent of Earth's surface and helps moderate the planet's temperature. Glaciers and ice sheets around the world are melting at an alarming rate. By keeping an eye on Earth's ice from space, NASA satellites help us understand the global effects of climate change.
Video: Frozen Earth
Video: The NASA satellite fleet in 2017, from low Earth orbit to the DSCOVR satellite taking in the million-mile view.
Video: NASA's vantage point to view Earth
This visualization depicts changes in Antarctic land ice thickness as measured by the ICESat and ICESat-2 satellites.
Antarctic Land Ice Height Change as Measured by ICESat and ICESat-2
Video: how different factors, both natural and industrial, contribute to global warming.
Video: How global warming stacks up
A view from one of our flying science laboratories over the ice in Greenland during Operation IceBridge.
Inside NASA's P-3 aircraft
Video: Explore how scientists determine glacial speed from space.
Video: At glacial speed
Video: A visualization of the annual Arctic sea ice "minimum" for each year from 1979 through 2020.
Video: Annual Arctic sea ice minimum 1979-2020 with area graph
Color-coded map of changing global surface temperature anomalies from 1880 through 2019.
Video: Global warming from 1880 to 2019
NASA Earth Right Now promo
Video: NASA Earth Right Now promo
Video: NASA scientists release the first new global map of Earth at night since 2012.
Video: Lights of human activity shine in NASA's image of Earth at night
Carbon dioxide is the main heat-trapping greenhouse gas that humans emit. How much do you know about it and its impact on global warming and climate change?
Quiz: Carbon dioxide
A quick guide to the science behind sea level rise from an ice-loss perspective, what it means in relatable terms and why it matters.
On Thin Ice: Why Ice Loss Matters
This visualization shows sea surface temperature (SST) data from January 2016 through March 2020.
Sea Surface Temperature (SST) from January 2016 through March 2020
Fly in 360 degrees over Greenland’s craggy glaciers and other ice formations from NASA’s P-3 aircraft.
Greenland's ice from above
Temperature agreement - Climate 365 graphic
Graphic: Earth's temperature record
This visualization depicts changes in Greenland land ice thickness as measured by the ICESat and ICESat-2 satellites.
Greenland Land Ice Height Change as Measured by ICESat and ICESat-2
This movie shows the evolution of several regions of the Greenland Ice Sheet between 2008 and 2300 based on three different climate scenarios.
Greenland Ice Sheet: Three Futures
This visualization shows carbon emissions from fires from January 1, 2003 through December 31, 2018. The color bar reflects the quantity of carbon emitted.
Carbon Emissions from Fires: 2003-2018
The basics of sea level rise, expressed in everyday terms, and what it means for those on the coast.
Rising Tides: Understanding Sea Level Rise
The relentless rise of carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere.
Graphic: The relentless rise of carbon dioxide
Interactives, galleries and apps
Images of Change
Explore a stunning gallery of before-and-after images of Earth from land and space that reveal our home planet in a state of flux.
Climate Mobile Apps
Keep track of Earth's vital signs, see the planet in a state of flux and slow the pace of global warming with NASA's free mobile apps.
Climate Time Machine
Travel through Earth's recent climate history and see how increasing carbon dioxide, global temperature and sea ice have changed over time.
Eyes on the Earth
Track Earth's vital signs from space and fly along with NASA's Earth-observing satellites in an interactive 3D visualization.
Global Ice Viewer
Earth's ice cover is shrinking. See how climate change has affected glaciers, sea ice, and continental ice sheets.