NASA IMAGE OF THE DAY
Landsat data continuity mission takes off.
Since 1972, the Landsat program has tracked changes in land cover and land use around the globe. SIx successive satellites have compiled a four-decade record of growing cities and farms, shrinking lakes and ice sheets, greening and browning landscapes, and human and natural events..
This image (full resolution) was featured on the NASA Earth Observatory Image of the Day site.
We advance scientific and societal understanding of the Earth System based on innovative remote sensing research. Through our research, we provide fundamental insights into how the Earth system functions, how it is changing, and what those changes mean for life on Earth, for the benefit of human kind.
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.
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
Earth Science & Observation Center Director Waleed Abdalati discusses the role of remote sensing in better understanding our changing world.
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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 >>