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Visualizing a River of Moisture

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Sunday, January 15, 2017/Categories: natural history, video, space science, sustainability, environment, adventure , climate change


                         Atmospheric Moisture Visualization, January 7-12, 2016 (credit: JPL)

How do you "see" data to make weather predictions? You visualize it with animation.

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory used the powerful visual medium to show pulces of super-saturated air hitting California since the New Year began. According to JPL, images of water vapor were collected by the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder on NASA's Aqua Earth Monitoring satellite between January 7-11, 2016. They show the amount of moisture present in the atmosphere and its movement across the Pacific where it fell as rain or snow in California and other western States.

NASA uses its satellites and research facilities to gather large data-sets from space technology as well as air, land, and sea scanners. The data increases the understanding of Earth processes and improves weather predictions to save lives and property. JPL is one of those NASA labs and develops new ways to study the Earth's interconnected natural systems with long-term data records. JPL has recently collaborated in monitoring coral reefs using aerial mapping along with other environmental researchers to understand threats to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. NASA and its labs freely shares data, analysis, and graphics of this uniquely gathered knowledge with institutions and individuals around the world to help gain new insights into how our planet is changing.



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