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What NASA Knows from Decades of Earth System Observations

NASA has the world’s largest Earth observing fleet and has an uninterrupted record and observed evidence of climate change. Increased greenhouse gases trap heat in the Earth’s atmosphere.
Trapped atmospheric greenhouse gases warm the planet – our land, ocean, and atmosphere. Most of the global warming goes into the ocean, delaying the full impact of global warming. Ocean currents move the heat around the globe, impacting your local weather and climate. Warmer oceans accelerate melting of ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica. Rising seas are a major consequence of climate change, impacting coastal communities, infrastructure, and economy. Warmer climate amplifies Earth’s water cycle. Dry areas are getting drier and wet areas are getting wetter. Wet areas are experiencing more flooding and extreme storms, such as typhoons and hurricanes. Drought prone areas will see less rainfall, effecting agriculture. NASA data are used for projections that can help inform actions for the future. More extreme conditions are occurring due to climate change, such as wildfires. NASA data and knowledge are open and free, enabling informed decision-making. NASA information aids preparation and recovery from natural hazards around the world

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Karen St. Germain (NASA): Lead Scientist
Felix W. Landerer (NASA/JPL CalTech): Lead Scientist
Gavin A. Schmidt (NASA/GSFC GISS): Scientist
Doug C. Morton (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Nadya Vinogradova-Shiffer (NASA/HQ): Lead Scientist
Jessica Hausman (NASA/JPL CalTech): Scientist
Mark SubbaRao (NASA/GSFC): Lead Data Visualizer
Lori Perkins (NASA/GSFC): Lead Data Visualizer
Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC): Lead Data Visualizer
Alex Kekesi (GST): Data Visualizer
Helen-Nicole Kostis (USRA): Data Visualizer
Andrew J Christensen (SSAI): Data Visualizer
Trent L. Schindler (USRA): Data Visualizer
Marit Jentoft-Nilsen: Data Visualizer
Horace Mitchell (NASA/GSFC): Data Visualizer
Devika Elakara (GSFC Interns): Data Visualizer
Cindy Starr (GST): Data Visualizer
Katie Jepson (KBRwyle): Lead Producer
Kathleen Gaeta (AIMM): Producer
Jason S Craig (NASA JPL, Caltech): Data Visualizer
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