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NASA Earth Science Is Live!

Written by Andrew Clark, IGES

The Earth is a dynamic, ever-changing place. Fluxes and flows of matter and energy cycle throughout the ocean, atmosphere, and land. Keeping a finger on the pulse of the Earth, NASA has almost two-dozen Earth science missions in orbit around the planet. NASA’s view from space shows our planet is changing, but to really understand these changes, scientists need a closer look.

NAAMES is just one of the 8 Earth Expeditions taking place this year

At sea, in the air, and on the ground, NASA scientists will be working hard to study regions of critical change, in ways that satellites simply can't. Your classroom can connect with NASA to keep pace with the latest discoveries. There are eight major Earth expeditions that will be underway around the globe in 2016:

AIR QUALITY–South Korea, May-June
KORUS-AQ: Int’l Cooperative Air Quality Study in Korea
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ARCTIC CHANGE –Alaska, March-September
ABoVE: Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment
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ACT-America: Atmospheric Carbon &Transport-America
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CLOUDS & CLIMATE –South Atlantic, August-September
ORACLES: Observations of Aerosols above Clouds
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CORAL REEFS –South Pacific, June-September
CORAL: COralReef Airborne Laboratory
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GREENHOUSE GASES –Worldwide: July-August
AToM: Atmospheric Tomography
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ICE SHEETS MELTING –Greenland: March & September
OMG: Oceans Melting Greenland
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OCEANS & CLIMATE –North Atlantic, May
NAAMES: N. Atlantic Aerosols & Marine Ecosystems Study
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MTSE in action

For the NAAMES missions this spring, you can have your students interact in real-time with the Mission Tool Suite for Education (MTSE).

There will also be a new NASA TV series highlighting these Expeditions through eight, ten-minute episodes with interviews and video from the field. (Watch a trailer here). NASA blog posts are bringing the latest first-hand stories directly from the field, and you can follow @NASAEarth and @NASAairborne and the hashtag #EarthExpedition on Twitter for the very latest details.