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Natural Resources Initiatives
April 11, 2013

NASA sustains numerous Natural Resources initiatives. Check here to see what's going on.
Learn more by visiting each center's environmental office webpage.

The NASA Terrestrial Ecology Program

This power-point outlines the purpose and concepts of Tree-Grass systems and how NASA technology helps identify and manage those systems. The power-point also discusses the importance of TG systems on surrounding environments.

Terrestrial ecology project
NASA Seeks Green Space Fuel Alternatives

This article discusses NASA's interest in exploring alternative fuel options for satellites. Currently they use a highly toxic and corrosive fuel. The goal is to find an alternative that is better for the environment while providing the same level of output.

Green space fuel alternatives
Kennedy Space Center Recycling Program

This plan outlines KSC goals for reusing and recycling waste produced by the facility. The objective is to optimize reutilization of waste products so there is less of a strain on natural resources and the ecological system as a whole.

KSC Recycling Program
NASA Earth Science Website

A major focus of NASA's Earth Science Division is a coordinated series of satellite and airborne missions for long-term global observations of the land surface, biosphere, solid Earth, atmosphere, and oceans. This approach enables an improved understanding of the Earth as an integrated system. The Earth Science Division gains valuable information from the Earth that can assist and improve space-related missions.

NASA Earth Science
Natural Resources Program at KSC

The Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge (MINWR) and most of Canaveral National Seashore (CNS) are included within the boundaries of Kennedy Space Center. These habitats provide refuge to more than 1500 species of plants and animals, of which 33 are federally and/or state listed as threatened, endangered, or species of concern.

Natural resource program at KSC
Ames Greenspace Environmental Management Program


NASA Ames Greenspace environmental program
Ames Ecosystem Research

The Ecosystems research at NASA Ames is focused on studying how ecosystems respond to environmental change. Research methods vary from the use of satellite imagery to local measurements from the ground. Researchers are particularly interested in things such as species composition, changes in gene expression, and changes in carbon dioxide flux from soils.

Ames ecosystem research
Wetlands Management at GSFC

Goddard Space Flight Center monitors the health and vitality of the wetlands surrounding the Greenbelt, MD, facility. They've learned from their monitoring that many invasive species have taken up residence in the wetlands and pose a threat to potentially over take the ecosystem. Volunteer invasive species removal activities have been setup by GSFC in 2009 and 2010.

GSFC wetlands
Page Last Updated: July 28th, 2013
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