Media Advisory
13 November 2012

NASA Sensing Our Planet 2012 released

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NASA Earth data centers have just released Sensing Our Planet 2012, a collection of in-depth science stories that reveal the surprising ways that scientists use satellite data to study our planet.

In this year's collection, researchers in Alaska search the Arctic for odd methane bubbles suspended in lake ice; a NASA researcher posits that the extreme heat wave in Russia in 2010 caused the unusual storms and flooding in Pakistan thousands of miles away; and researchers combine data from fishermen's logbooks, satellite data, and game theory to project the fate of the tuna in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

The collection also includes stories about fleeting phytoplankton in the Antarctic, the strange ozone hole over the Arctic, and new land change data handled by the newly formed South African National Space Agency, among others.

Sensing Our Planet is written and produced at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) on behalf of the NASA Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) data centers.

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