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Reigning on Earth's Climate - Only about 70% of the solar energy that reaches Earth is absorbed, while the other 30% is reflected back into space by atmosphere and aerosols, ocean/land and clouds. A closer view reveals a delicate balance between absorption and reflection as well as a release of energy by rocks, air and sea warming and emitting increasing amounts of thermal radiation (heat) in the form of long-wave infrared light. This radiation allows Earth to lose heat at the same rate it...
Topics: Earth Science, Sun-earth Interactions, Ionosphere/Magnetosphere Particles, Energy Deposition, What...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10101
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Experts now estimate that Tamarisk (saltcedar) has infested more than 3.3 million acres in the western United States. Tamarisk is one of our most harmful invasive species because the plant's long roots tap into underground aquifers. Its groundwater-absorbing qualities may be adding to the severity of the drought in the western U.S. NASA and the USGS are working together to develop a National Invasive Species Forecasting System (ISFS) for the management and control of invasive species. The ISFS...
Topics: Earth Science, Biosphere, Ecological Dynamics, Invasive Species, What -- Earth, Where -- United...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10097
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Understanding the variability of the density of ocean water is critical to understanding changes in the ocean's circulation, particularly those parts of the circulation that pertain to climate. In the tropics, the sun warms the surface water and causes that water to expand. Because the surface water is now less dense than the cooler water below, the warmest waters remain near the surface. Near the poles, the energy input by the sun is not as strong, and the surface waters are not warmed to the...
Topics: Climate, Earth Science, Oceans, Salinity/Density, Earth Science, Oceans, Ocean Circulation,...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10092
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Gas Purification Process - Most of the landfill gas purification process involves removing water. This animation shows four major steps to purifying the landfill gas for Goddard. First, placed throughout the landfill purification plant, filters sift out tiny trash particles and water. Second, a compressor squeezes out more water. Third, pipes cool gas drooling out even more water. Finally, the gas is reheated and transported to Goddard. Warm gas reduces moisture. Note: This animation shows four...
Topics: Earth Science, Atmosphere, Atmospheric Chemistry/Carbon and Hydrocarbon Compounds, Methane, Earth...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10087
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Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI).
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10095
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Experts now estimate that Tamarisk (saltcedar) has infested more than 3.3 million acres in the western United States. Tamarisk is one of our most harmful invasive species because the plant's long roots tap into underground aquifers. Its groundwater-absorbing qualities may be adding to the severity of the drought in the western U.S. NASA and the USGS are working together to develop a National Invasive Species Forecasting System (ISFS) for the management and control of invasive species. The ISFS...
Topics: Earth Science, Biosphere, Ecological Dynamics, Invasive Species, What -- Earth, Where -- United...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10098
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Reigning on Earth's Climate - Only about 70% of the solar energy that reaches Earth is absorbed, while the other 30% is reflected back into space by atmosphere and aerosols, ocean/land and clouds. A closer view reveals a delicate balance between absorption and reflection as well as a release of energy by rocks, air and sea warming and emitting increasing amounts of thermal radiation (heat) in the form of long-wave infrared light. This radiation allows Earth to lose heat at the same rate it...
Topics: Earth Science, Sun-earth Interactions, Ionosphere/Magnetosphere Particles, Energy Deposition, What...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10100
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To some extent, geodesy is the study of the shape of the Earth. But it is also the study of how to find precise locations on the planet. As it relates to the study of sea level, geodesy becomes vital. The Earth is not a perfect shape and is constantly changing. Only through a very carefully constructed system of analysis can scientists achieve the necessary accuracy about the planet's shape (the so-called 'geoid') to make measurements of sea level from space. In this animation we look at how a...
Topics: Earth Science, Solid Earth, Geodetics/Gravity, Earth Science, Oceans, Sea Surface Topography, Sea...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10088
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Experts now estimate that Tamarisk (saltcedar) has infested more than 3.3 million acres in the western United States. Tamarisk is one of our most harmful invasive species because the plant's long roots tap into underground aquifers. Its groundwater-absorbing qualities may be adding to the severity of the drought in the western U.S. NASA and the USGS are working together to develop a National Invasive Species Forecasting System (ISFS) for the management and control of invasive species. The ISFS...
Topics: Earth Science, Biosphere, Ecological Dynamics, Invasive Species, What -- Earth, Where -- United...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10096
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Note: A closer look at one of the THEMIS spacecraft. Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI). Scientist: Vassilis Angelopoulos (University of California, Berkeley). Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets: THEMIS.
Topics: THEMIS, What -- THEMIS, Where -- California
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10094
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Methane is a simple compound made of carbon and hydroge. This gas comes from ordinary sources, like cattle herds and garbage dumps. On a planetary scale it also has a significant impact on climate. As it builds up in the atmosphere, it traps energy from the sun like a layer of insulation. Carbon dioxide does much the same thing-it causes global warming by trapping heat. But as experts struggle to curtail global climate change, a decrease of atmospheric methane might be easier to achieve than...
Topics: Global Warming, Earth Science, Atmosphere, Atmospheric Chemistry/Carbon and Hydrocarbon Compounds,...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10085
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The gamma ray flare produced by neutron star SGR 1806-20, traveled 50,000 light years before impacting Earth. The burst was so powerful, that it disrupted Earth's ionosphere. Scientists know of only two other giant flares in the past 35 years, and this December 27, 2005 event was one hundred times more powerful than either of those Note: This animation illustrates Neutron star SGR 1806-20 which produced a gamma ray flare that disrupted Earth's ionosphere. Animator: Susan Twardy (HTSI)....
Topics: Earth, Gamma Ray, Neutron Star, Space science, Location, Ionosphere, Gamma Ray Burst, Universe,...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10084
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CloudSat flies a first-of-its-kind radar system that is much more sensitive than any current weather radar. CloudSat will provide new information about the vertical structure of clouds, including the quantities of liquid water and ice they contain, and how clouds affect the distribution of the sun's energy in the atmosphere. These measurements will help with research into atmospheric circulation models and weather patterns. The data will also help scientists develop better tools for making...
Topics: Atmospheric science, Climate, Weather, Earth Science, Atmosphere, Clouds, Cloud Liquid Water/Ice,...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10089
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Trash to Gas Process - Landfill gas provides all of the center's heating needs 95 percent of the time, with natural gas serving as the back up. Methane is a natural product of trash. In this animation, wells draw methane out of the landfill and feed it to an on site purification plant. Before Goddard started using the gas, all of it was burned off in a flare. Now, the gas is intercepted from the flare and directed to a purification plant where the gas is cleaned and sent to Goddard. Note: This...
Topics: Earth Science, Atmosphere, Atmospheric Chemistry/Carbon and Hydrocarbon Compounds, Methane, Earth...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10086
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Reigning on Earth's Climate - Only about 70% of the solar energy that reaches Earth is absorbed, while the other 30% is reflected back into space by atmosphere and aerosols, ocean/land and clouds. A closer view reveals a delicate balance between absorption and reflection as well as a release of energy by rocks, air and sea warming and emitting increasing amounts of thermal radiation (heat) in the form of long-wave infrared light. This radiation allows Earth to lose heat at the same rate it...
Topics: Earth Science, Sun-earth Interactions, Ionosphere/Magnetosphere Particles, Energy Deposition, What...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10099
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Scientists are eager to use CALIPSO data to study the nature of the atmosphere. Using lidar and a pair of infrared and visible imaging systems, CALIPSO promises to deliver new insights into how clouds and aerosols work to affect the atmosphere. Note: This animation illustrates how CALIPSO captures data to study the nature of the atmosphere. Animator: Susan Twardy (HTSI), Chris Meaney (HTSI). Writer: Sarah DeWitt (NASA/GSFC).
Topics: Atmospheric science, Climate, Weather, Earth Science, Atmosphere, Clouds, Cloud Liquid Water/Ice,...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10090
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The study of meteorology presents significant challenges to scientists. One of the most challenging aspects is the inherent complexity of weather coupled with its high rate of change. In the case of clouds, scientists seek new insights into how they form, behave, and interact with the Earth's atmosphere. Engineers designed Cloudsat and Calipso to deliver the data needed by scientists to provide new understanding of how clouds, water vapor, ice particles, and aerosols affect the weather. Note:...
Topics: Atmospheric science, Climate, Weather, Earth Science, Atmosphere, Clouds, Cloud Liquid Water/Ice,...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10091
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Understanding the variability of the density of ocean water is critical to understanding changes in the ocean's circulation, particularly those parts of the circulation that pertain to climate. In the tropics, the sun warms the surface water and causes that water to expand. Because the surface water is now less dense than the cooler water below, the warmest waters remain near the surface. Near the poles, the energy input by the sun is not as strong, and the surface waters are not warmed to the...
Topics: Climate, Earth Science, Oceans, Salinity/Density, Earth Science, Oceans, Ocean Circulation,...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10093
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Reigning on Earth's Climate - Only about 70% of the solar energy that reaches Earth is absorbed, while the other 30% is reflected back into space by atmosphere and aerosols, ocean/land and clouds. A closer view reveals a delicate balance between absorption and reflection as well as a release of energy by rocks, air and sea warming and emitting increasing amounts of thermal radiation (heat) in the form of long-wave infrared light. This radiation allows Earth to lose heat at the same rate it...
Topics: Earth Science, Sun-earth Interactions, Ionosphere/Magnetosphere Particles, Energy Deposition, What...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10102