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Low Water in Lake Mead (2003)
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About 96% of the water in Lake Mead is from melted snow that falls in Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Wyoming. The past two years have brought severe drought to the western states, and Colorado River runoff has been far below normal during this period. The effect is a drop in lake levels that is visible from NASA satellites. One of NASA’s Earth Science Enterprise research focus areas is the global water and energy cycle governing the precipitation, evaporation, storage and runoff of water. The Earth Science Enterprise Applications Program facilitates the practical use of this knowledge by national and regional decision makers for better management of fresh water resources.

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Malaria Modeling and Surveillance (2010)
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The goal of the Malaria Modeling and Surveillance project is to enhance the decision support capabilities of the Air Force Special Operation Command to combat the threat of malaria. The transmission of malaria is influenced by environmental and climatic factors; data from remote sensing instruments are key components to malaria monitoring and control models. Remotely sensed observations, including temperature, precipitation, vegetation density, and humidity, are essential components to this project, as well as Earth science models for climate prediction. This lithograph discusses NASA’s contributions to the Malaria Modeling and Surveillance project.

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MISR (2001)
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MISR measures the variation of surface and cloud properties, and particles in the atmosphere, with cameras pointed in nine simultaneous different viewing directions. MISR monitors monthly, seasonal, and long-term interactions between sunlight and these components of Earth’s environment.

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MODIS (2001)
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The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) measures the atmosphere, land and ocean processes, (including surface temperature of both the land and ocean), ocean color, global vegetation, cloud characteristics, temperature and moisture profiles, and snow cover. MODIS views the entire surface (land, oceans, clouds, aerosols, etc.) of the Earth every one to two days at a "moderate resolution" of one quarter to one kilometer.

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MODIS-Europe (2003)
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This spectacular Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image of Europe is based on the most detailed truecolor image of the entire Earth to date. Using a collection of satellite-based observations, scientists and visualizers stitched together months of observations of the land surface, oceans, sea ice, and clouds into a seamless, true-color mosaic of every square kilometer of our planet.

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MODIS-Japan (2003)
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This spectacular Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image of Japan, eastern North and South Korea, northeast China, and southeast Russia is based on the most detailed true-color image of the entire Earth to date. Using a collection of satellite-based observations, scientists and visualizers stitched together months of observations of the land surface, oceans, sea ice, and clouds into a seamless, true-color mosaic of every square kilometer of our planet.

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NASA Applied Sciences Program (2011)
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The NASA Applied Sciences Program promotes and funds activities that discover and demonstrate innovative uses and practical benefits of NASA’s Earth science resources. By partnering with public and private organizations to apply NASA scientific findings and Earth observing data to decision-making activities, the Applied Sciences Program actively benefits society through Earth science.

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NASA AQAST: Serving the Needs of U.S. Air Quality Management (2011)
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In 2011, NASA’s Applied Sciences Program created the Air Quality Applied Sciences Team, or AQAST, to serve the needs of U.S. air quality management through the use of Earth science satellite data, suborbital data, and models. Satellites are a powerful resource for monitoring changes in air quality. This card shows annual mean satellite observations of tropospheric nitrogen dioxide decrease between 2005 and 2010 as a result of federal and state regulations on emissions.

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NASA Earth Observations Serving Society (2007)
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This brochure offers an overview of the NASA Earth Science Applications, which benchmark practical uses of NASA-sponsored observations from Earth observation systems and predictions from Earth science models. NASA implements projects that carry forth this mission through partnerships with public, private, and academic organizations. These partnerships focus on innovative approaches for using Earth science information to provide decision support that can be adapted in applications worldwide.

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NASA Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel (2012)
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Learn how NASA plans to use Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to study hurricanes and severe storms in the Atlantic Basin.

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