The vantage point of space provides an excellent way of studying the Earth’s climate by enabling observations with equivalent quality of all part of the Earth’s surface and the atmosphere. Observations from satellites are now providing quantitative information about how the Earth system varies on a variety of spatial and temporal time scales, documenting longer-term evolution, and providing information that can inform prediction and enable better policy and management decisions. Satellite-based information helps improve understanding not only of how individual Earth system components (atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere, biosphere, Earth surface) evolve but how they interact with each other and both contribute and respond to naturally-occurring and human induced change. NASA currently has a fleet of 19 orbiting satellite missions, and information from these missions is advancing science across many relevant disciplines and being shared with those who use that information in addressing societally relevant activities in assessment, forecasting, management, and policy development. Space-based information is complemented by that from NASA’s aircraft, surface-based measurements, and computational models, as well as the observational and scientific activities of other agencies in the US and around the world. This talk will include examples of what is being learned about the Earth system and how that information is being shared with and utilized by an ever-increasing set of domestic and international partners, and provide a guide to the future evolution of our capability and its projected and potential utilization.
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