NASA Sensing Our Planet 2016 features 30 researchers from Australia, Italy, United Kingdom, USA, and Venezuela

Source: NSIDC

Boulder, Colo.—NASA’s Earth science data centers highlight the work of thirty researchers worldwide in this year’s Sensing Our Planet: NASA Earth Science Research Features. The collection of in-depth science stories reveals the surprising ways that scientists use satellite data to study our planet.

This year’s collection includes stories about scientists seeking nature-based solutions to protect New Yorkers from storms; researchers investigating the role that smoke plays in the formation of tornadoes; scientists tracing the environmental decline of the once Fertile Crescent; researchers trying to predict lighting in the most lightning-struck place on Earth, and young scientists accidentally discovering why some coral in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef are plagued by disease and some aren’t.

All twelve stories in Sensing Our Planet feature research using data from NASA’s Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) Distributed Active Archive Centers (DAACs). EOSDIS processes, archives, documents, and distributes data from NASA’s past and current Earth observing satellites, airborne sensors, field measurements, and related Earth science and ensure that data will be easily accessible to users.

The print version of Sensing Our Planet 2016 is available to researchers, educators, and the public for free. It will be distributed at the NASA booth during the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco, California. To receive a copy, please send a request to Classroom sets are also available. A PDF version may be downloaded here. Sensing Our Planet 2016 is also available in iBooks format. Download a free copy here.

Sensing Our Planet is written and produced at the National Snow and Ice Data Center DAAC on behalf of all twelve NASA DAACs and NASA’s Earth Science Data and Information System Project (ESDIS).

Listed below are the thirty researchers featured in the collection, and the research institutions and their affiliations:


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