Earth  ID: 11282

Far-out Flora

Across the continents, plants flourish or flounder depending on climate, precipitation and human activities. By using advanced satellite sensors that can detect the greenness of plants from space, scientists have amassed a decades-long record of the planet's terrestrial plant life. Data from the NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP satellite, the latest to make these measurements, was used to produce detailed images of plant activity around the world. The dense green areas on the globe represent thriving flora, whereas the light green or tan areas represent sparse plant life or struggling vegetation. The data will be incorporated into U.S. weather prediction models and could help provide early warnings of droughts and fires. Watch the visualization to see how Earth’s plant life changes over the course of a year.

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Story Credits

Lori Perkins (NASA/GSFC)

Video Editor:
Kayvon Sharghi (USRA)

Lead Scientists:
Eric Vermote (NASA/GSFC)
James Gleason (NASA/GSFC)

Lead Writer:
Kasha Patel (NASA/GSFC)

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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

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