Sense, Predict, Act

NASA (United States)

NASA is a founding partner of PSI and has been pivotal in its development. The agency is a key partner, providing support across many different areas and capabilities. In particular, PSI has extensively partnered with the NASA Ames Global Ecosystem Modeling Group that focuses on better understanding the controls on biogenic trace gas fluxes and the ecosystem processes that regulate these gases. The research combines analysis of multi-year global data sets derived mainly from satellite observations with simulation models of terrestrial ecosystem processes on local to regional or global scales. The study approach includes analysis of past and present changes in the biosphere's carbon and nitrogen cycles driven by climate and land use, as part of NASA's Earth Science Enterprise. One of the main research tools at NASA Ames is a global simulation model that combines multi-year satellite, climate, and other land surface databases to estimate biosphere - atmosphere exchange of energy, water, and trace gases from plants and soils. Fluxes of all major biogenic "greenhouse" gases and reactive tropospheric gases are simulated using the NASA-CASA Model. Other key NASA programs include:

NASA Ames Research Center

Agency leader in supercomputing, networking and intelligent systems, nanotechnology, fundamental space biology, biotechnology, aerospace and thermal protection systems, human factors research, and astrobiology.

NASA Ames Earth Science Division

Advancing knowledge of the Earth System through leadership in observation, analysis, and simulation.

NASA Ames Ecological Forecasting Lab

Using the Terrestrial Observation and Prediction System (TOPS) to develop nowcasts and forecasts of ecosystem conditions for use in a range of applications.

NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) Division

Dedicated to providing scientists and engineers with the supercomputing resources and simulation tools needed to carry out critical NASA missions and make new scientific discoveries for the benefit of humankind.

Earth Science (NASA Science Mission Directorate)

Developing a scientific understanding of Earth's system and its response to natural or human-induced changes, and to improve prediction of climate, weather, and natural hazards.

NASA Earth Observatory

Current information, images, maps, and data about Earth's climate and the environment.

Global Climate Change: NASA's Eyes on the Earth

Current news and data streams about global warming and climate change from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.