Remote Sensing

Dusty Spring in the Tarim Basin
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Dusty Spring in the Tarim Basin

Strong winds kicked up sand and dust from China’s vast Taklimakan Desert.

Published May 20, 2024

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Cloudy With a Chance of Eclipse
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Cloudy With a Chance of Eclipse

NASA citizen scientists collected thousands of photographs and temperature readings that are being used to study the relationship between total solar eclipses and clouds.  

Published May 3, 2024

Image of the Day Atmosphere Unique Imagery

Cloud Fraction
Global Maps

Cloud Fraction

In addition to making rain and snow, clouds can have a warming or cooling influence depending on their altitude, type, and when they form. These maps show what fraction of an area was cloudy each month.

Feb 2000 — Apr 2024

Atmosphere

Aerosol Optical Depth
Global Maps

Aerosol Optical Depth

Airborne aerosols can cause or prevent cloud formation and harm human health. These maps depict aerosol concentrations in the air based on how the tiny particles reflect or absorb visible and infrared light.

Mar 2000 — Apr 2024

Atmosphere

Total Rainfall
Global Maps

Total Rainfall

These maps depict monthly total rainfall around the world. Rainfall is the primary source of fresh water for humans, plants, and animals. Rain also moves heat between the atmosphere, oceans, and land.

Jun 2000 — Apr 2024

Atmosphere