NASA Captured Earth “Breathing” Over the Last 20 Years

NASA Captured Earth “Breathing” Over the Last 20 Years

NASA Captured Earth “Breathing” Over the Last 20 Years

By / Life Styles / Tuesday, 02 January 2018 05:31

NASA released a visual time lapse like no other. Observations like plant life on. As seen by satellites, the 2 minute video packs in the Earths physical changes over the last 20 years. NASA Captured Earth “Breathing” Over the Last 20 years.

NASA captured 20 years of changing seasons in a striking new global map of our home planet.

The data visualisation, released this week, shows Earth’s fluctuations as seen from space.

The polar ice caps and snow cover are shown ebbing and flowing with the seasons. The varying ocean shades of blue, green, red and purple depict the abundance — or lack — of undersea life.

“It’s like watching the Earth breathe. It’s really remarkable,” said NASA oceanographer, Jeremy Werdell, who took part in the project.

Two decades — from September 1997 to this past September — are crunched into two minutes of viewing.

Mr Werdell finds the imagery mesmerising.

“It’s like all of my senses are being transported into space, and then you can compress time and rewind it, and just continually watch this kind of visualisation,” he said.

Mr Werdell said the visualisation showed spring coming earlier and autumn lasting longer in the Northern Hemisphere. Also noticeable to him was the Arctic ice caps receding over time — and, though less obvious, the Antarctic, too.

On the sea side, Mr Werdell was struck by “this hugely productive bloom of biology” that exploded in the Pacific along the equator from 1997 to 1998 — when a water-warming El Nino merged into cooling La Nina. This algae bloom was evident by a line of bright green.

In considerably smaller Lake Erie, more and more contaminating algae blooms were apparent — appearing red and yellow.

All this data can provide resources for policymakers as well as commercial fishermen and many others, according to Mr Werdell.

Programmer Alex Kekesi, of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, said it took three months to complete the visualisation, using satellite imagery.

Just like our Earth, the visualisation would continually change as computer systems improve, new remote-sensing satellites were launched and more observations were made, officials said.

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