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Earth Science Heads-up Display

On September 10, 2014, NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS) was celebrated in an evening event at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC. The title of this event was "Vital Signs: Taking the Pulse of Our Planet", and the speakers at this event included several Earth Scientists from Goddard Space Flight Center. This animation was used in the beginning of the event to illustrate the interconnectedness of the many Earth-based data sets that NASA has produced over the last decade or so. The animation simulates a view of the Earth from the International Space Station, over which interconnected data sets are displayed as if on a head-up display.

Visualization Credits

Horace Mitchell (NASA/GSFC): Lead Animator
Alison Schuyler Ogden (NASA/GSFC): Producer
Piers Sellers (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Laurence Schuler (ADNET Systems, Inc.): Project Support
Ian Jones (ADNET Systems, Inc.): Project Support
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NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, The SeaWiFS Project and GeoEye, Scientific Visualization Studio. NOTE: All SeaWiFS images and data presented on this web site are for research and educational use only. All commercial use of SeaWiFS data must be coordinated with GeoEye ( NOTE: In January 2013, DigitalGlobe and GeoEye combined to become one DigitalGlobe.

Fire location data courtesy of MODIS Rapid Response Project (NASA/GSFC and University of Maryland -

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Data Used:
Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE)
Aqua/CERES/Incoming Solar Radiation
Aqua/CERES/Outgoing Longwave Radiation Flux
SeaStar/SeaWiFS/Global Biosphere
Terra and Aqua/MODIS/Fire Location
Terra and Aqua/MODIS/Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI)

DLESE >> Atmospheric science
DLESE >> Biology
DLESE >> Cryology
DLESE >> Geology
DLESE >> Human geography
DLESE >> Hydrology
SVS >> Leaf Area Index
DLESE >> Natural hazards
DLESE >> Physical oceanography
GCMD >> Earth Science
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Clouds
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Precipitation
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Land Surface >> Land Temperature
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Atmospheric Chemistry/Carbon and Hydrocarbon Compounds >> Carbon Dioxide
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Atmospheric Chemistry/Carbon and Hydrocarbon Compounds >> Carbon Monoxide
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Atmospheric Chemistry/Nitrogen Compounds >> Nitrogen Dioxide
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Atmospheric Radiation >> Albedo
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Atmospheric Radiation >> Incoming Solar Radiation
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Atmospheric Radiation >> Outgoing Longwave Radiation
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Atmospheric Winds >> Wind Profiles
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Biosphere >> Vegetation >> Vegetation Index
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Cryosphere >> Snow/Ice >> Snow Cover
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Human Dimensions >> Natural Hazards >> Fires
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Hydrosphere >> Ground Water >> Water Table
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Oceans >> Ocean Optics >> Ocean Color
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Oceans >> Salinity/Density >> Salinity
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Solid Earth >> Gravity/gravitational Field >> Gravity

GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version