Using MY NASA DATA for Earth System Science Projects and Investigations:
Earth system science is the study of the complex interactions of the various components that make up our Earth’s atmosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, and biosphere and how Earth is constantly changing as each of these components interact. The purpose of NASA’s Earth science program is to develop 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. Learn more from NASA Science.gov
- Atmospheric Composition
- Climate Variability & Change
- Water & Energy Cycle
- Carbon Cycle & Ecosystems
- Earth Surface & Interior
The Atmospheric Composition focus area consists of research on the composition of Earth’s atmosphere, particularly of the troposphere and stratosphere, in relation to climate forcing, atmospheric ozone and aerosols, solar effects, air quality, and surface emissions of radiatively and chemically active source gases and particulates.
Our weather system includes the dynamics of the atmosphere and its interaction with the oceans and land and involves phenomena ranging from local or microphysical processes lasting minutes to global-scale events predictable up to two weeks prior.
NASA’s role in climate variability study is centered around providing the global scale observational data sets on oceans and ice, their forcing, and the interactions with the entire Earth system.
The Water & Energy Cycle focus area studies the distribution, transport and transformation of water and energy within the Earth System, with the long-term goal to improve hurricane prediction, quantify tropical rainfall and eventually begin to balance the water budget at global and regional scales.
This Focus Area deals with the cycling of carbon in reservoirs and ecosystems as it changes naturally, is changed by humans, and is affected by climate change.
NASA’s Earth Surface and Interior focus area supports research and analysis of solid-Earth processes and properties from crust to core. This includes providing the space geodetic observations and products foundational to many space missions.
NASA becomes a part of Intel ISEF by Offering an Earth System Science Award at Affiliated Regional and State Science Fairs in Spring of 2016
Intel ISEF Award Earth System Science Subcategories:
Atmospheric Science (AIR)
Climate Science (CLI)
Studies of Earth’s climate, particularly evidential study of climate change as it relates to Earth’s systems. Learn More —>
Environmental Effects on Ecosystems (ECS)
Environmental Effects on Ecosystems (ECS)Studies of the impact of environmental changes (natural or as a result of human interaction) on ecosystems, including empirical pollution studies. Learn More —>
Studies of Earth’s land processes, including mineralogy, plate tectonics, volcanism, and sedimentology. Learn More —>
Water Science (WAT)
Studies of Earth’s water systems, including water resources, movement, distribution, and water quality. Learn More —>