In light of recent extreme weather events in the United States and around the world, NASA hosted a media roundtable from its headquarters in Washington on July 20 to highlight the agency’s climate work. From wildfires raging across North America, flooding in the Northeast, heat waves in the Southwest, and a record-breaking June, millions of Americans are experiencing the effects of extreme weather. NASA is tracking it all and sharing its data.
NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said “The data is clear: Our Earth is warming.” And NASA is committed to empowering scientists, decision makers and people around the world to make data-driven decisions about climate, with more than two dozen satellites, instruments aboard the International Space Station, and commercial and international partnerships, NASA is bringing space to Earth.”
Other NASA experts who participated in the discussion were:
Kate Calvin, NASA’s Chief Scientist and Senior Climate Advisor
Karen St. Germain, director of NASA’s Earth Science Division
Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies
Tom Wagner, Associate Director for Earth Action
Huy Tran, Director of Aeronautics, NASA Ames Research Center
Carlos Del Castillo, Chief, Ocean Ecology Laboratory, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Discussion topics ranged from greenhouse gases, NASA’s new Earth Information Center, the agency’s fleet of satellites to observe weather data, how NASA uses surface records to learn more about climate change, how climate change affects the oceans, and more.
Kate Calvin says “NASA’s vast, decades-long array of Earth, atmosphere, and solar data which is open and freely available to anyone provides a comprehensive, real-time history of our dynamic and complex planet. Understanding the Earth gives us the means to better protect it”.