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NASA Offers Many Resources to Monitor Climate Change

In light of recent extreme weather events in the United States and around the world, NASA held a media roundtable July 20 from its headquarters in Washington to highlight the agency’s climate work.

Kate Calvin stands behind a clear podium with the NASA meatball logo. She is addressing a crowd. She is framed in front of a satellite image of Earth.
Dr. Kate Calvin, pictured here at the Earth Information Center ribbon cutting in June, addressed members of the media along with other NASA leadership and climate experts on July 20, 2023. Credits: NASA/Joel Kowsky

NASA held a media roundtable July 20, 2023, from its headquarters in Washington to highlight the agency’s climate work.  

From wildfires raging across North America, flooding in the Northeast, heatwaves across the Southwest, and a record hot June, millions of Americans experienced the effects of extreme weather. NASA tracks it all, and shares its data.  

“The data is clear: Our Earth is warming. And NASA is committed to empowering scientists, decisionmakers, and people around the world to make data-based decisions when it comes to climate, said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson. “With more than two dozen satellites, instruments aboard the International Space Station, and commercial and international partnerships, NASA uses our unique vantage point of space to observe our planet. To put it another way, NASA is bringing space down to Earth.” 

Other NASA experts participating in the discussion were: 

  • Kate Calvin, NASA chief scientist and senior climate adviser 
  • Karen St. Germain, director, NASA’s Earth Science Division 
  • Gavin Schmidt, director, NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies 
  • Tom Wagner, associate director for Earth Action 
  • Huy Tran, aeronautics director, NASA’s Ames Research Center 
  • Carlos Del Castillo, chief, Ocean Ecology Laboratory, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center 

The topics of discussion ranged from greenhouse gases, NASA’s new Earth Information Center, the fleet of satellites the agency has observing weather-data, how NASA uses surface records to learn more about climate change, how climate change affects oceans, and more. 

“NASA’s vast, decades-long array of Earth, atmospheric, and solar data – which are openly and freely available to anyone – provide a comprehensive, real-time history of our dynamic and complex planet. Understanding Earth gives us the means to better protect it,” said Calvin.  

Audio of the full briefing is available on NASA’s Youtube channel. 

NASA also offers a variety of resources across its websites including: 

NASA GISS Resources

Agency Resources

 Visualization Resources

 Social Media Resources

Climate Explainer Resources

  ‘We Asked A NASA Scientist’ Series

  Earth Action Resources