Global Climate Change
Vital Signs of the Planet
CO2 video for carbon feature
Video: Global sea level rise is accelerating incrementally over time rather than increasing at a steady rate.
Video: New study finds sea level rise accelerating
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
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
A view from one of our flying science laboratories over the ice in Greenland during Operation IceBridge.
Inside NASA's P-3 aircraft
Video: Winter temperatures are soaring in the Arctic for the fourth winter in a row.
NASA studies an unusual Arctic warming event
The relentless rise of carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere.
Graphic: The relentless rise of carbon dioxide
Color-coded map of changing global surface temperature anomalies from 1880 through 2020.
Video: Global Warming from 1880 to 2020
Head into the field with first responders, fire scientists and forest managers to see what challenges they face and how NASA can help mitigate the effects of longer and more intense fire seasons.
Video: 'Operation Earth: Wildfires'
An animation with voiceover narration showing the global ocean tides as a complex system of rotating and trapped waves with a mixture of frequencies.
Video: Global Ocean Tides
NASA's new Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 space satellite will probe the carbon cycle like never before, telling us where the carbon is going and giving us clues as to where we will end up.
Graphic: Measuring carbon dioxide from space
Video: total sea level change between 1992 and 2014, based on data collected from the TOPEX/Poseidon, Jason-1 and Jason-2 satellites.
Video: 22-year sea level rise
Video: NASA's Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) and Operation IceBridge missions investigate Greenland's thinning ice sheets from above and below.
Video: Greenland's thinning ice
Visualization that captures sea surface temperature anomalies around the world from 1982 to 2017.
Sea surface temperature anomaly timeline: 1982-2017
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
Video: Images created from GRACE data showing changes in Greenland ice mass since 2002.
Video: Greenland ice loss 2002-2016
Land. Water. Fire. Ice. These elements are basic ingredients that make up planet Earth. Take a moment to admire the magnificent spectacle of our stunning home planet from the perspective of space.
Video: Majestic Planet
This visualization shows sea surface temperature (SST) data from January 2016 through March 2020.
Sea Surface Temperature (SST) from January 2016 through March 2020
The carbon dioxide cycle is the movement of carbon dioxide (CO
) between the land, the atmosphere, and the ocean. Print this page to color with your kids at home.
Coloring Page: The Carbon Dioxide Cycle
This visualization shows the complex patterns of methane emissions produced globally from January 2018 to November 2018.
Video: Methane Sources
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
NASA scientists are working to understand if our land and ocean can continue to absorb carbon dioxide at the current rate – and for how long.
Infographic: Earth's carbon cycle is off balance
Take a 360-degree view of an iceberg and sea ice during Operation IceBridge flights over Greenland.
Bird's eye view of an iceberg
Video: A high-resolution, three-dimensional view of global atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations from September 1, 2014 to August 31, 2015.
Video: Seasonal changes in 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
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
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.