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‘Pulse of Our Planet’: Watching Earth’s Vital Signs

On Sept. 10, “Vital Signs: Pulse of Our Planet” premiered at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, showcasing some of NASA’s most exciting Earth observations of our dynamic planet.

NASA Soil Moisture Mapper Arrives at Launch Site

A NASA spacecraft designed to track Earth's water in one of its most important, but least recognized, forms -- soil moisture -- now is at Vandenberg Air Force Base to begin final launch preparations.

New Satellite Data Will Help Farmers Facing Drought

NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive mission, launching this winter, will provide global measurements of water in soil.

Groundwater Deficit Out West

Long-term drought and aggressive seasonal wildfires have consumed property, lives, and farmland in the American West and part of the problem lies in the groundwater deficit.

Satellite Study Reveals Parched U.S. West Using Up Underground Water

In a new study, scientists finds more than 75 percent of the water loss in the drought-stricken Colorado River Basin since late 2004 came from underground resources.
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The Hydrological Sciences Laboratory examines the role of water in the Earth system. Laboratory researchers strive to better understand, quantify, and analyze the hydrological cycle and to measure hydrological processes in order to improve prediction of the response of global hydrology to anthropogenic and/or natural climate change.

Special emphasis is placed on land surface hydrological processes and their interactions with the atmosphere. Laboratory scientists develop remote-sensing and modeling techniques to investigate how the various components of the hydrological cycle interact over a broad range of spatial and temporal scales.

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