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The GES DISC is an important organization in the Earth Sciences Division at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. The Earth Sciences Division is committed to advancing science and technology for the purpose of addressing the following question:

"How is the Earth changing and what are the consequences for life on Earth?"

The scientific strategy for addressing this critical topic is organized around five guiding elements, listed below.

  • Variability - Discern and describe how the Earth is changing.
  • Forcing - Identify and measure the primary causes of change in the Earth system.
  • Response - Determine how the Earth system responds to natural and human-induced changes.
  • Consequences - Identify the consequences of change in the Earth system for human civilization.
  • Prediction - Enable the prediction of future changes in the Earth system.

Each of the examples provided below demonstrate how scientific research into Earth's physical and biological systems using NASA remote sensing datais discovering new insights into each these elements. The GES DISC and the Earth Sciences Division are committed to the fullest utilization of scientific data and the highest quality research standards to advance science, provide vital information to decision makers, and to inform the public.

 

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VARIABILITY

Discern and describe how the Earth is changing

 

 

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FORCING

Identify and measure the primary causes of change in the Earth system

 

 

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RESPONSE

Determine how the Earth system responds to natural and human-induced changes

 

 

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CONSEQUENCES

Identify the consequences of change in the Earth system for human civilization

 

 

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Enable the prediction of future changes in the Earth system

 

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