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Data Shows That 2016 Was The Warmest Year on Record Globally

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2016 Climate Data

Earth's 2016 surface temperatures were the warmest since modern recordkeeping began in 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).


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Earth from Space: Saint Petersburg, Russia Video in Story

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Earth from Space: Saint Petersburg, Russia

The snow-covered Russian city of Saint Petersburg on the Neva Bay is pictured in this image from the Sentinel-2A satellite.

Storms Affecting the Western U.S. Seen From Space

Storms Affecting the Western U.S. Seen From Space

NASA/NOAA's GOES Project created a satellite animation showing the storms affecting the region from January 6 through 9, 2017, and NASA's Aqua satellite captured a look at the snowfall.


Orbital View Of The Great Barrier Reef

Orbital View Of The Great Barrier Reef

Thomas Pesquet: The Great Barrier Reef: another natural jewel that we must protect


Irrigated Fields in Jordan Seen From Space

Irrigated Fields in Jordan Seen From Space

Thomas Pesquet: People have been dotting the desert with irrigated fields in Jordan


Earth from Space: Sentinel-2 Special Edition

Earth from Space: Sentinel-2 Special Edition Video in Story

Discover more about our planet with the Earth from Space video program. In this special edition, Sentinel-2 Mission Manager Bianca Hoersch and Sentinel-2 Project Manager Francois Spoto join the show to tell us about their roles in the Sentinel-2 mission, the multispectral instrument and data applications.


Gulf of Aqaba Seen From Orbit

Gulf of Aqaba Seen From Orbit

Thomas Pesquet: Land and sea sometimes seem to melt together, like here in theGulf of Aqaba.


African Desert Art Seen From Orbit

African Desert Art Seen From Orbit

Thomas Pesquet: More desert art: it looks like somebody's been playing with a paintbrush.


Egypt And The Sinai Desert Seen From Orbit

Egypt And The Sinai Desert Seen From Orbit

Thomas Pesquet: Egypt and the Sinai desert with the clouds staying in the north


Earth from Space: China's Tian Shan Mountains

Earth from Space: China's Tian Shan Mountains Video in Story

Sentinel-2A takes us over northwestern China near the border with Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan in this false-colour image.


Sandy Dunes Of Namibia Seen From Orbit

Sandy Dunes Of Namibia Seen From Orbit

Thomas Pesquet: The sandy dunes of Namibia seem to flow straight into the Atlantic ocean
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NASA Releases New Greenland Glacier Data

NASA Releases New Greenland Glacier Data Video in Story

NASA's Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) mission has released preliminary data on the heights of Greenland coastal glaciers from its first airborne campaign in March 2016.


Galapagos Islands Seen From Orbit

Galapagos Islands Seen From Orbit

Thomas Pesquet: I've always wanted to go to the Galapagos islands, but never managed. As a consolation prize, I saw them from space today.


Earth from Space: Seville, Spain

Earth from Space: Seville, Spain Video in Story

The western area of Spain's Province of Seville and its capital with the same name (right) is pictured in this image from the Sentinel-2A satellite.


Mount Everest As Seen From Orbit By Proba-V

Mount Everest As Seen From Orbit By Proba-V

Proba-V - ESA's smallest Earth-observing mission - overflies Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, its peak seen left of centre in this false-colour image.


NASA Infrared Imagery Of U.S. Cold Snap

NASA Infrared Imagery Of U.S. Cold Snap Video in Story

Imagery and an animation of infrared imagery from the AIRS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite showed the movement of cold, Arctic air over the U.S. from Dec. 1 to Dec. 11.


Earth's Magnetic Fields Could Track Ocean Heat

Earth's Magnetic Fields Could Track Ocean Heat Video in Story

As Earth warms, much of the extra heat is stored in the planet's ocean -- but monitoring the magnitude of that heat content is a difficult task.


A Global View Of The Speed of Ice

A Global View Of The Speed of Ice

Glaciers and ice sheets move in unique and sometimes surprising patterns, as evidenced by a new capability that uses satellite images to map the speed of flowing ice in Greenland, Antarctica and mountain ranges around the world.


Earth from Space: Wolfe Creek, Australia

Earth from Space: Wolfe Creek, Australia Video in Story

The Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite takes us over the northern part of Western Australia to the Wolfe Creek Crater National Park.



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