Global Climate Change
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A new NASA Climate feature series examines some of the lesser-known, and often surprising, ways global climate change is affecting our world. First up: transportation.
Planes, Shipping Lanes, and Automobiles: Surprising Ways Climate Change Can Affect Transportation
From space, air, and on the ground, NASA studies Earth and the ways it is changing. These observations help us better understand – and prepare for – the effects of human-caused global warming. Today, the agency released its 2023 climate strategy.
NASA Releases Agency Climate Strategy
NASA’s Images of Change gallery has added a new feature: "Google Timelapse" view. In addition to comparison views of before-and-after images, you can now view selected scenes as time-lapse sequences generated via the Google Earth engine.
Explore Time-Lapse Views of Our Changing Planet
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.
Earth Science in Action
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.
images of change
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