NASA | Earth’s Water Cycle

This animation uses NASA Earth science data from a variety of sensors on satellites, as well as cartoons, to describe Earth’s water cycle and the continuous movement of water on, above, and below the surface of the Earth.

GPM: The Fresh(water) Connection

Launched in early 2014, the GPM mission will help to advance our understanding of Earth’s water and energy cycles, improve the forecasting of extreme events that cause natural disasters, and extend current capabilities of using satellite precipitation information to directly benefit society.

TRMM at 15: The Reign of Rain

Originally scheduled to gather data for a period of five years, the Tropical Rainfall Measurement Mission (TRMM) has been in operation for over fifteen years. TRMM data has contributed to the advancement of many research areas, including deepening our knowledge of rainfall in the tropics.

NASA Now Minute: Earth’s Atmosphere

Dr. Kenneth Pickering talks about the composition of Earth’s atmosphere, how it protects life on Earth, and how it is interconnected with the Earth system.

OCO-2 and the Carbon Story

We still don’t know about the processes that control the rise of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and what role they might play in Earth’s changing climate. The Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO-2) mission will gather critical information on carbon sinks and sources to help us connect the dots.

10 Years of Aura Legacy

During the summer of 2014, the Aura atmospheric chemistry satellite celebrated its 10th anniversary. Since its launch in 2004, Aura has monitored the Earth’s atmosphere and provided data on the ozone layer, air quality, and greenhouse gasses associated with climate change.

NASA | A Tour of the Cryosphere 2009

What is the cryosphere? This video takes viewers on a tour of this system and provides an explanation of why it is so important to Earth’s climate.

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