A collection of resources exploring how NASA satellites like GPM can help monitor and predict Earth's climate.
Climate change impacts all of us in various ways. Changes in soil moisture have a pronounced effect on agricultural production, which in turn impacts the food we grow to eat. Changes in precipitation patterns are leading to increases in drought in certain regions and causing flooding in others. All of these impacts are influenced by interactions among processes within the Earth system involving the atmosphere, ocean, land, ice, and life. These natural interactions combine with human influences, such as the release of greenhouse gases, and serve to drive the climate system, resulting in distinct regional variability of climates across the globe.
One way to address these issues and predict the impacts of climate change is using climate models - computer programs which simulate the complex interactions between Earth's systems. To help develop these climate models, scientists around the world rely on a wealth of data provided by NASA. Climate models support decision-making across communities spanning the humanitarian, public heath, energy, water, and agricultural sectors, enabling better crop forecasting, water resource management, and disaster management activities. These models can also address pressing questions such as what environments are likely to produce severe weather, how to prepare infrastructure to ensure climate resilience, and how our decisions today can affect how Earth's climate may change in the future.
Below are a collection of resources exploring how NASA satellites like GPM can help monitor and predict Earth's climate.