Results for: 2010

World of Change: Global Temperatures

World of Change: Global Temperatures

The world is getting warmer, whatever the cause. According to an analysis by NASA scientists, the average global temperature has increased by about 0.8°Celsius (1.4° Fahrenheit) since 1880. Two-thirds of the warming has occurred since 1975. Read more

Earth Observing-1: Ten Years of Innovation

Earth Observing-1: Ten Years of Innovation

Scheduled to fly for a year, designed to last a year and a half, EO-1 celebrated its tenth anniversary on November 21, 2010. During its decade in space, the satellite has accomplished far more than anyone dreamed. Read more

Aerosols: Tiny Particles, Big Impact

Aerosols: Tiny Particles, Big Impact

Tiny aerosol particles can be found over oceans, deserts, mountains, forests, ice sheets, and every ecosystem in between. They drift in the air from the stratosphere to the surface. Despite their small size, they have major impacts on our climate and our health. Read more

World of Change: Seasons of Lake Tahoe

World of Change: Seasons of Lake Tahoe

Perhaps the most familiar change in our changing world is the annual swing of the seasons. This series of images shows the effects of the seasons on the Lake Tahoe region between 2009 and 2010. Read more

The Water Cycle

The Water Cycle

Landscape sculptor. Climate driver. Life supporter. Water is the most important molecule on our planet. Read more

Russian Firestorm: Finding a Fire Cloud from Space

Russian Firestorm: Finding a Fire Cloud from Space

NASA satellites help confirm that a strong firestorm fueled fires in western Russia and drew smoke high into the atmosphere in late July 2010. Read more

Notes from the Field Blog: The Western Siberia Expedition 2010

Notes from the Field Blog: The Western Siberia Expedition 2010

An international team of scientists working in Siberia report on their expedition to collect data related to the Earth's carbon budget and to document the effects of climate change in the region. Read more

Elegant Figures

Elegant Figures

Our lead visualizer, Robert Simmon, blogs about data visualization and information design on the Earth Observatory. Read more

Gulf of Mexico Oil Slick Images: Frequently Asked Questions

Gulf of Mexico Oil Slick Images: Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ explains why oil is more obvious in some satellite images than others and why the Earth Observatory doesn't post new images of the oil slick every day. Read more

What are Phytoplankton?

What are Phytoplankton?

Microscopic plant-like organisms called phytoplankton are the base of the marine food web, and they play a key role in removing carbon dioxide from the air. Read more

Dalia Kirschbaum Talks About Making a Global Landslide Inventory

Dalia Kirschbaum Talks About Making a Global Landslide Inventory

NASA scientist Dalia Kirschbaum talks about the potential for a global inventory of rain-triggered landslides to help scientists better understand when and where landslides are most likely to occur. Read more

Frozen Ground: An Interview with Permafrost Expert Larry Hinzman

Frozen Ground: An Interview with Permafrost Expert Larry Hinzman

NASA interviews Larry Hinzman, director of the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska, about greenhouse gases trapped beneath the Arctic permafrost. Read more

Notes from the Field Blog - Urban Aerosols: Who CARES?

Notes from the Field Blog - Urban Aerosols: Who CARES?

Join us as NASA scientists aboard a B-200 aircraft cruise over California sampling urban pollution and other aerosols during the Carbonaceous Aerosol and Radiative Effects Study (CARES). Read more

Global Warming

Global Warming

Global warming is happening now, and scientists are confident that greenhouse gases are responsible. To understand what this means for humanity, it is necessary to understand what global warming is, how scientists know it's happening, and how they predict future climate. Read more

The Glory Mission’s Judith Lean Discusses Solar Variability

The Glory Mission’s Judith Lean Discusses Solar Variability

Solar physicist Judith Lean talks about solar cycles and what scientists have learned about solar variability in the last three decades. Read more

World of Change: Devastation and Recovery at Mt. St. Helens

World of Change: Devastation and Recovery at Mt. St. Helens

The devastation of the May 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens and the gradual recovery of the surrounding landscape is documented in this series of satellite images from 1979—2013. Read more

World of Change: Collapse of the Larsen-B Ice Shelf

World of Change: Collapse of the Larsen-B Ice Shelf

In early 2002, scientists monitoring daily satellite images of the Antarctic Peninsula watched in amazement as almost the entire Larsen B Ice Shelf splintered and collapsed in just over one month. They had never witnessed such a large area disintegrate so rapidly. Read more

Notes from the Field blog: Global Hawk Pacific (GloPac)

Notes from the Field blog: Global Hawk Pacific (GloPac)

Join us for the next six weeks as scientists share their experiences from the first science mission on the Global Hawk, NASA's new unmanned aircraft. Read more

Climate Q&A

Climate Q&A

From why global warming is a problem to whether increased solar activity could be behind it, this Q&A includes responses to common questions about climate change and global warming. Read more

World of Change: Mountaintop Mining, West Virginia

World of Change: Mountaintop Mining, West Virginia

Based on data from the Landsat satellites, these natural-color images document the growth of the Hobet mine in Boone County, West Virginia, as it expands from ridge to ridge between 1984 and 2013. Read more

Notes from the Field Blog: The Uphill Road to Measuring Snow

Notes from the Field Blog: The Uphill Road to Measuring Snow

Not your typical weekend ski trip: scientists turn Colorado's Steamboat Mountain into an outdoor lab for tests that will improve satellite estimates of snow. Read more

NASA Scientist Nadine Unger Discusses Which Sectors of the Economy Impact the Climate

NASA Scientist Nadine Unger Discusses Which Sectors of the Economy Impact the Climate

Nadine Unger, a climatologist with NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City, spoke with NASA’s Earth Science News Team about her recent study that analyzed how different human activities impact climate. The study appeared in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in February. Read more

World of Change: Yellow River Delta

World of Change: Yellow River Delta

Once free to wander up and down the coast of the North China Plain, the Yellow River Delta has been shaped by levees, canals, and jetties in recent decades. Read more

NASA Climatologist Gavin Schmidt Discusses the Surface Temperature Record

NASA Climatologist Gavin Schmidt Discusses the Surface Temperature Record

Gavin Schmidt, a climatologist at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York City, studies why and how Earth’s climate varies over time. He offered some context on the annual surface temperature record, a data set that’s generated considerable interest—and some controversy—in the past. GISS updated its surface temperature record with 2009 data this week, and reported that the last decade was the warmest on record. Read more

Water Watchers

Water Watchers

In Idaho, NASA’s Landsat satellites are helping officials manage water resources and settle conflicts. Read more

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