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"Vital Signs": Critically Important Missions to Monitor Earth Systems from Space

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Planet Citizens, Planet Scientists

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Earth science data is arriving from new first-generation Earth Now missions and being openly distributed to the public, for the first time. Take up the challenge, perhaps with NEX here and multiple other venues that are being made available with unprecedented data, API's and internet connections. Add your resources. With the launch of OCO-2, a 'game changer', the data of #Earth360 will grow and be studied by #PlanetCitizens in ways never before possible or imagined.

Add your talent to the grand project of seeing with an #EarthPOV so that we, as "Planet Citizens, Planet Scientists" can make informed decisions and policy...


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NASA NEX Challenge

New Ways to Use, Visualize, and Analyze OpenNEX Climate and Earth Science Data

July 2014

NASA is seeking creative new ways to utilize the Climate and Earth Science data recently made available on the Open NASA Earth Exchange (OpenNEX) platform on Amazon Web Services (AWS). This Challenge is being run in conjunction with the 2014 NEX Virtual workshop to engage and enable individuals and groups to provide new contributions and insight to address global climate change.


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OpenNEX Challenge Overview

NASA recently made available to the public a large collection of Climate and Earth Sciences satellite data and is seeking new and creative ways to utilize this data to address initiatives in the President’s Climate Action Plan. The data, available through the Open NASA Earth Exchange (OpenNEX) platform hosted by Amazon Web Services (AWS), consists of large amounts of global land surface imaging, vegetation conditions, climate observations and climate projections.

This Challenge focuses on gathering new and creative ideas for how to use, visualize, analyze or otherwise utilize the datasets and seeks input from climate experts, IT activists, citizen scientists, and all others with ideas for how to use the data to address items in the President’s plan. Don’t worry if you can’t put your ideas into action, as the results and submissions from this Challenge will form the input for a second Challenge, which will focus on building the tools and apps suggested and conceptualized in this Challenge.

Both Challenges are being run in conjunction with the 2014 NEX Virtual workshop wherein participants can watch lectures from leading climate experts and learn basic access and use of the available datasets.

Submissions to this initial Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Daylight Time) on 31-Jul-2014.


July 2, 2014

RELEASE 14-182

NASA Launches New Carbon-Sensing Mission to Monitor Earth’s Breathing

"Climate change is the challenge of our generation," said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. "With OCO-2 and our existing fleet of satellites, NASA is uniquely qualified to take on the challenge of documenting and understanding these changes, predicting the ramifications, and sharing information about these changes for the benefit of society."


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