NASA’s Global Climate Change Website
The lovely people over at NASA have set up an awesome website to publicize their data on global climate change. There is TONS of information here, all well-organized and beautifully presented. There’s even a section about the current uncertainties in the global climate change paradigm.
My favorite part, because it has great visual impact, is the State of Flux section, with dramatic images showing how global climate change has effected areas all over the world.
What does the National Aeronautics and Space Administration have to do with studying Earth, you ask? According to NASA, early work on the climate of our sister planet, Venus, lead NASA to become one of the first Federal agencies to become interested in global climate change. They currently operate over a dozen Earth-monitoring satellites, including satellites monitoring global temperature, sea levels, ice pack, atmospheric conditions; a goldmine for climate change research. These satellites and other projects are the reason that as of 2007 NASA funding represented 59% of federal funds directed at global climate change research. Although whether this is funding coming from the Feds to NASA, or funding from NASA to other agencies (such as Jet Propulsion Laboratory, JPL) is unclear to me from the information on the website. Can anyone clarify this point?
Either way, it’s clear NASA has a big investment in monitoring global climate change and they have decided to share their insight with the rest of us.