NASA’s Earth Science Division is organized around four programmatic areas: flight, research, applied sciences, and technology. Together these areas include programs and projects that are responsible for conducting and sponsoring research to advance scientific understanding of Earth as a system, collecting and disseminating new observations, developing new technologies and computational models, and building the capacity to develop innovative applications of Earth science observations and research results.
Featured Programs, Projects, and Missions
NASA Earth Exchange
NEX combines state-of-the-art supercomputing, Earth system modeling, and NASA remote sensing data feeds to deliver a work environment for exploring and analyzing terabyte- to petabyte-scale datasets covering large regions, continents or the globe.
Earth Science Projects Office
The Ames Earth Science Project Office is a small group of success-oriented individuals providing project management for NASA's Science Mission Directorate field research.
Airborne Sensor Facility
The Airborne Sensor Facility (ASF) at NASA Ames supports a variety of airborne research activities for the NASA Earth Science Division.
Airborne Science Program
The Airborne Science Program within the Earth Science Division is responsible for providing aircraft systems that further science and advance the use of satellite data.
Alpha Jet Atmospheric Program
Unlike most NASA atmospheric airborne research missions, NASA's flexible relationship with the aircraft provider allows Ames Research Center to collect data on a regular basis over multiple seasons, which complements surface and tower-based observations collected elsewhere in the region.
FireSense is a NASA-wide effort to bring together data, technology, research, flights, aeronautics, innovation, applications to create the next generation of tools and science-informed capabilities for wildfire adapted communities and to enable society to live sustainably with wildland fires.
OCEANOS is a bilingual, oceanography summer internship based out of San Juan, Puerto Rico, with a mission to bring oceanography and STEM opportunities to the Hispanic/Latino community.
ARSET offers online and in-person trainings for beginners and advanced practitioners alike. Trainings cover a range of datasets, web portals, and analysis tools and their application to air quality, agriculture, disaster, land, and water resources management.
OpenET uses best available science to provide easily accessible satellite-based evapotranspiration (ET) data for improved water management across the western United States.
Indigenous Peoples Initiative
The Indigenous Peoples Initiative focuses on building relationships across NASA and Indigenous communities through place-based remote sensing training, community engagement, and co-production of knowledge.
DEVELOP, part of NASA’s Applied Sciences Program, addresses environmental and public policy issues through interdisciplinary research projects that apply the lens of NASA Earth observations to community concerns around the globe.
Airborne and Satellite Investigation of Asian Air Quality (Asia-AQ) is conducting airborne sampling across four locations in collaboration with local partners, to improve understanding of the factors controlling local air quality across Asia through multi-perspective observations and modeling.
ABoVE is a field campaign being conducted in Alaska and Western Canada, broadly focused on gaining a better understanding of the vulnerability and resilience of Arctic and boreal ecosystems to environmental change in western North America, as well as providing the scientific basis for informed decision-making to guide societal responses at local to international levels.
The Student Airborne Science Activation (SaSa) program selects highly motivated early-career undergraduates at eligible universities to participate in an 8-week summer research experience covering different topics such as basic remote sensing principles, basic atmospheric thermodynamics, atmospheric stability, and data analysis.
Past Programs, Projects, and Missions