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Life of the Monsoon

The monsoon is a seasonal rain and wind pattern that occurs over South Asia (among other places). Through NASA satellites and models we can see the monsoon patterns like never before. Monsoon rains provide important reservoirs of water that sustain human activities like agriculture and supports the natural environment through replenishment of aquifers. However, too much rainfall routinely causes disasters in the region, including flooding of the major rivers and landslides in areas of steep topography.

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Ryan Fitzgibbons (USRA): Lead Producer
Rob Andreoli (AIMM): Lead Videographer
Dalia B Kirschbaum (NASA/GSFC): Lead Scientist
George Huffman (NASA/GSFC): Lead Scientist
Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC): Lead Visualizer
Kel Elkins (USRA): Lead Visualizer
Horace Mitchell (NASA/GSFC): Visualizer
William K. Lau (Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center, University of Maryland): Lead Interviewee
George Huffman (NASA/GSFC): Lead Interviewee
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DLESE >> Atmospheric science
SVS >> Seasons
SVS >> Water Cycle
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Precipitation
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Atmospheric Phenomena >> Monsoons
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Oceans >> Ocean Temperature >> Sea Surface Temperature
GCMD >> Location >> India
GCMD >> Location >> Nepal
GCMD >> Location >> Asia
GCMD >> Location >> Southeast Asia
SVS >> Wind Patterns
NASA Science >> Earth

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