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Earth scientists conduct basic research employing end-to-end expertise in observations from multiple vantage points along with theoretical modeling to characterize and understand the atmosphere, land, cryosphere and oceans on our home planet, with an overarching goal of improving predictions of future changes.

Our scientists work on a variety of current satellite and aircraft missions and instruments, including:

  • Aqua AIRS - Atmospheric Infrared Sounder
  • Aquarius - ocean surface salinity
  • Aura MLS - Microwave Limb Sounder
  • Aura TES - Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer
  • CARVE - Carbon in Arctic Reservoirs Vulnerability Experiment
  • CloudSat - vertical structure of clouds
  • GRACE - Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment
  • OCO-2 - Orbiting Carbon Observatory (2014 launch)
  • OSTM/JASON - Ocean Surface Topography Mission
  • QuikSCAT - ocean vector winds
  • RapidSCAT - ocean vector winds
  • SMAP - soil moisture and freeze thaw (2014 launch)
  • Terra ASTER - Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer
  • Terra MISR - Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer

Upcoming Missions:

  • NISAR - NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar, formerly DESDynI
  • ISS-RapidScat
  • SWOT - Surface Water and Ocean Topography (2019 launch)
  • GRACE-FO - GRACE Follow On (2017 launch)

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