Featured Missions & Projects - Earth Sciences Division (610)

Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS)

The Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS) is an attached payload for the International Space Station (ISS) that will measure the location, composition and distribution of pollution, dust, smoke, aerosols and other particulates in the atmosphere.
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Soil Moisture Active-Passive Mission (SMAP)

SMAP will provide global observations of soil moisture and freeze/thaw state, together termed the hydrosphere state. SMAP hydrosphere state measurements will be used to enhance understanding of the processes that link the water, energy and carbon cycles, and to extend the capability of weather and climate prediction models. SMAP data will be used to quantify net carbon flux in boreal landscapes and to develop improved flood and drought prediction capabilities. SMAP launched on January 31, 2015.
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Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM)

The GPM mission is one of the next generation of satellite-based Earth science missions that will study global precipitation (rain, snow, ice). GPM Constellation is a joint mission with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and other international partners. Building upon the success of the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), it will initiate the measurement of global precipitation, a key climate factor. Its science objectives are: to improve ongoing efforts to predict climate by providing near-global measurement of precipitation, its distribution, and physical processes; to improve the accuracy of weather and precipitation forecasts through more accurate measurement of rain rates and latent heating; and to provide more frequent and complete sampling of the Earth's precipitation. GPM was launched February 27, 2014.
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Global Change Master Directory (GCMD)

GCMD enables users to locate and obtain access to Earth science data sets and services relevant to global change and Earth science research. The GCMD database holds more than 25,000 descriptions of Earth science data sets and services covering all aspects of Earth and environmental sciences. One can use the search box or select from the available keywords to search for data and services. We encourage your participation in writing and maintaining the information in our databases. You will find authoring tools to assist you. In addition, subscription services are available to notify you of new entries. The Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) International Directory Network (IDN) Interoperability Forum is available to discuss content and database issues.

Goddard Earth Science Data and Information Science Center (GES DISC)

We are one of eight NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) DAACs that offer Earth science data, information, and services to research scientists, applications scientists, applications users, and students. The GES DISC is the home (archive) of Precipitation, Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics, and information, as well as data and information from other related disciplines. The GES DISC is located at Goddard Space Flight Center, in Greenbelt, Maryland.
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MODIS Adaptive Processing System/Level 1 and Atmosphere Archive and Distribution System (MODAPS/LAADS)

Provide users of the MODAPS/LAADS with a variety of basic information concerning the MODIS instrument, the MODIS products, and the services available from MODAPS for the acquisition of MODIS products and production codes.

Ocean Color Web

Information and access to the complete suite of NASA ocean color data products

Precipitation Processing System/TRMM Science Data and Information System (PPS/T SDIS)

The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) has its own unique Precipitation Processing System (PPS) to process information from the satellite. PPS analyzes TRMM rainfall data as well as data from other Precipitation based missions and also provides validation from nearly a dozen TRMM ground radar sites.

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