Elegant Figures

On data visualization and information design on the Earth Observatory.

My Favorites

ars, it’s time for me to leave NASA and do something radically different. Here are my best visualizations. read more

Adjusting the Range: How to Scale Data

Palettes aren’t the only important decision when visualizing data with color: you also need to consider scaling. Not only is the choice of start and end points (the lowest and highest values) critical, but the way intermediate values are stretched between them. read more

The Difference between Night and Day

VIIRS Day-Night Band data is spectacular, but takes a little bit of work to visualize. read more

Notes from the Field

NASA scientists are in the field and write home to tell about it.

Deep Blue Water and a Roller Coaster Ride

A Pilot’s Life at 65,000 Feet over Alaska

G-LiHT | Connecting the Dots

Visitors at Sea: Local Wildlife Observe Science in Action

G-LiHT | A View From Above

A Frozen Fieldtrip from Fairbanks

Not content with looking at ice from the air, on their day off from flying last week the MABEL and ER-2 team decided to look at ice underground. About a dozen of us went to visit the Permafrost Tunnel Research Facility, a U.S. Army site north of Fairbanks, Alaska, where the crew is based for a summer campaign. read more

A View of the Top of the World

G-LiHT | Off to a Flying Start

MABEL and the ER-2 Take Flight

Beakers and Blankets: Readying for SABOR’s Ocean Voyage

Earth Matters

Earth is an amazing planet, and the one that matters most to us. Let’s have a conversation about it.

July Puzzler

June Puzzler Answer: Salar de Arizaro

Climate Q&A

Myths, misunderstandings, and frequently asked questions about climate.