Global Climate Change
Vital Signs of the Planet
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The annual Arctic sea ice minimum (lowest) annual extent was the sixth-lowest on record this year, while Antarctic sea ice reached its lowest maximum ever. These both continue a long-term downward trend due to human-caused global warming.
Arctic Sea Ice 6th Lowest on Record; Antarctic Sees Record Low Growth
The international Surface Water and Ocean Topography mission is able to measure ocean features, like El Niño, closer to a coastline than previous space-based missions.
Water-Watching Satellite Monitors Warming Ocean off California Coast
The instrument will enable nonprofit organization Carbon Mapper to pinpoint and measure methane and carbon dioxide sources from space.
NASA-Built Greenhouse Gas Detector Moves Closer to Launch
Summer of 2023 was Earth’s hottest since global records began in 1880, according to scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies (GISS) in New York.
NASA Announces Summer 2023 Hottest on Record
As the climate changes, the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events are increasing.
Extreme Weather and Climate Change
No stranger to hot weather, the region is facing more humid heat waves that test the adaptability of its residents. But different areas feel different effects.
NASA Maps Key Heat Wave Differences in Southern California
According to scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York, July 2023 was hotter than any other month in the global temperature record.
NASA Clocks July 2023 as Hottest Month on Record Ever Since 1880
If global temperatures reach 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels, people worldwide could face multiple impacts of climate change simultaneously.
NASA Study Reveals Compounding Climate Risks at Two Degrees of Warming
In June 2023, a South American reservoir reached critically low levels due to an ongoing drought and human use. Click through to get the view from space.
Images of Change
Uruguay's Paso Severino Reservoir Dries Up
A lot of hard work goes into ensuring a spacecraft like the Surface Water and Ocean Topography satellite delivers accurate data.
Crews Head Down River, Out to Sea to Prep New SWOT Water Satellite
NASA leadership, including climate experts, will be available at 4 p.m. EDT on Thursday, July 20, at the agency’s headquarters in Washington to shed light on recent extreme weather events, and discuss how NASA research and data is enabling climate solutions.
Update: NASA to Discuss Climate Work in Wake of Record High Temps
Independent analyses by the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service and NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information likewise found June 2023 to be the warmest June in their records.
NASA Finds June 2023 Hottest on Record