Data in Action: Sensing Our Planet

Sensing Our Planet features intriguing research using data from NASA's EOS satellites and related data from the EOSDIS data centers, including the NSIDC DAAC. 

Shown below are NSIDC DAAC Sensing Our Planet stories written by NSIDC staff; research described in the stories uses data archived and managed by the NSIDC DAAC. 

The stories are from the last five years of Sensing Our Planet;  the NASA Earthdata site provides a complete archive of Sensing Our Planet stories dating back to 1994.

In the Zone

Sea ice may underpin the survival of Antarctic seabirds.

Parameter: sea ice concentration

2015 Sensing Our Planet

Heart of drought

A mighty forest fades in the Congo.

Parameter: Canopy microwave transmittance

A submarine retreat

New maps get to the bottom of Greenland’s outlet glaciers.

Parameters: Ice sheet elevations, Ice sheet thickness

Burned but not forgotten

Decades after a fire, high-elevation forests still shape a climate.

Parameter: Snow cover

2014 Sensing Our Planet

Unexpected ice

Sea ice in the Southern Ocean defies predictions.

Parameter: sea ice concentration

A baffling signal in the tropics

Convection meets the Indian Ocean for supersize weather.

Parameter: Rain type (convective or stratiform)

2013 Sensing Our Planet

Mercury raining

Today's forecast calls for atmospheric explosions and mercury rain.

Parameters: Brightness temperatures, sea ice concentration, snow depth

Signs of snow

Aircraft help probe the surface of Arctic sea ice.

Parameters: Ice sheet topography, sea ice elevation, snow depth

2012 Sensing Our Planet

Winter's water

Researchers pursue elusive forecasts of mountain snow.

Parameters: Snow cover, snow water equivalent