An Overview of Earth Science research at NASA Langley Research Center (+ a Research Highlight on the Economic Value of Climate Observations)

Department of Hydrology & Atmospheric Sciences
Special Colloquium
Friday, October 19, 2018
3:00 pm in Harshbarger 232
 
Dave Young
 Science Director, NASA Langley Research Center

The scientists and engineers at NASA's Langley Research Center translate atmospheric discovery into better solutions to protect the Earth and its people. We monitor Earth’s vital signs from land, air and space with a fleet of satellites and ambitious airborne and ground-based observation campaigns. We develop new ways to observe and study Earth's interconnected natural systems with long-term data records. 

In addition to our extensive research, we manage one of the world's largest and most comprehensive collections of data for understanding Earth's atmosphere. Our work has shaped how scientists study the Earth and our atmosphere, and makes a difference in people’s lives around the world every day — from farms to our national parks, from today’s response to natural disasters to tomorrow’s air quality, from the Arctic to the Amazon.

This presentation will highlight some of our key research accomplishments and on-going state-of-the art instrument development in the active and passive remote sensing area to address key Agency science objectives.

 A recent research highlight is the culmination of a unique, cross-disciplinary study involving climate scientists and economists on the value of information from the current and potential future climate observing system. This study demonstrates that investments in the observing system have a return on investment between 25:1 to 100:1 and provides a framework that can be used to optimize future Earth observing investments.