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.

2018 Sensing Our Planet

Unwelcome enrichment in the Arctic

Microscopic plastics infiltrate Arctic sea ice with unknown consequences for the ecosystem.

Parameters: Ice velocity, sea ice motion

2017 Sensing Our Planet

Drought on the range

Ranchers want to know what to do about dry spells.

Parameter: Soil moisture

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)