Boulder, Colo.—The NASA Earth science data centers highlight the work of twenty-five 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 learning how the Olympic Mountain range shapes storms; researchers using soil moisture measurements to aid cattle ranching in drought-prone Texas; scientists mapping suitable environments of potential Zika virus outbreaks; researchers tracking algae blooms in the Mediterranean Sea to study deep ocean mixing; and two scientists who questioned whether newly-discovered brown fat—a fat cell more prominent in lean people and those living in colder climates—could unlock a method to fight obesity-related type 2 diabetes.
All twelve stories in Sensing Our Planet feature research using data from the NASA 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 to ensure that data will be easily accessible to users.
The print version of Sensing Our Planet 2017 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 New Orleans, Louisiana. To receive a copy, please send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Classroom sets are also available. A PDF version may be downloaded here. Sensing Our Planet 2017 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 the NASA Earth Science Data and Information System Project (ESDIS).
Listed below are the twenty-five researchers featured in the collection, and the research institutions and their affiliations:
- Pierre-Amaël Auger, Instituto Milenio de Oceanografía
- Bill Baccus, Olympic National Park
- Peter D. Blanken, University of Colorado Boulder
- Pascal Castellazzi, Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique
- Igor Esau, Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center (NERSC), and University of Bergen
- Marc Fischer, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and University of California, Davis
- Peter Hacker, University of Hawaii
- Marine Herrmann, Laboratoire d’Etudes en Géophysique et Océanographie Spatiales
- Attila Komjathy, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
- Moritz Kraemer, Harvard Medical School
- Andrew Langford, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- Laurent Longuevergne, University of Rennes
- Jessica Lundquist, University of Washington
- Lynn McMurdie, University of Washington
- Janey Messina, University of Oxford
- Victoria Miles, Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center (NERSC)
- Nick Parazoo, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
- James Potemra, University of Hawaii
- Pakorn Petchprayoon, Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency
- Alfonso Rivera, Geological Survey of Canada
- Gabriel Senay, US Geological Survey Earth Resources Observation and Science Center
- Derek Scasta, University of Wyoming
- Nikolay Shiklomanov, George Washington University
- John R. Speakman, Chinese Academy of Sciences and the University of Aberdeen
- John T. Sullivan, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
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