Provost Russell Moore called her research on the upper atmosphere "well placed and influential." Read more >>

Researchers study water vapor to learn more about the water cycle and impacts of climate change. Read more >>

Congratulations to Zhibin Yu, a member of the Xinzhao Chu research group within ESOC has won First prize in the 2013 CEDAR Poster Competition for his poster on FeModeling. Read More >>

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New Perspectives on a Changing Planet

Our Earth's environment is changing in ways that could have profound global impacts, as the world enters climatologically unfamiliar territory. Society's success in dealing with those changes depends on how well we observe and understand them, and ultimately how well we can predict them. The Earth Science and Observation Center is a research center dedicated to the understanding of the Earth System, primarily through the use of satellite and airborne remote sensing techniques.

Waleed Abdalati

ESOC Director Waleed Abdalati

Earth observations from satellite and airborne sensors provide the perspective, scale, and context needed to understand key Earth system processes and assess how and why they are changing. Incorporating these and other observations into process models, provides further insights into the behavior of the Earth system and ultimately allows us predict future changes in the Earth environment.

Toward that end, scientists at ESOC are engaged in a broad range of activities that include:

  • remote sensing data analysis
  • algorithm development
  • satellite mission design
  • development and deployment of sub-orbital field campaigns
  • in situ observations
  • process modeling
  • regional climate modeling
  • scaling theory

Featured Videos:

America's Climate Choices

Earth Science & Observation Center Director Waleed Abdalati discusses the role of remote sensing in better understanding our changing world.
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Interview with Dan Rather

The newly released NOVA program entitled "Earth from Space" that first aired in February 15th is an interesting presentation of how and why we study Earth from space, and what the view from space tells us about the Earth System. Watch video >>