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Remote Sensing

A video interview with Jason Hyon: Understanding global climate change

Thanks to the NASA Earth Decadal Survey, new passive and active optical sensors are being included in future NASA and NOAA missions to better understand Earth system science and address the challenges of climate change.

6 October 2008, SPIE Newsroom. DOI: 10.1117/2.3200809.0004

Understanding global climate change is important in addressing the challenges it will present in the near future, and hopefully preventing potential natural disasters. The NASA Earth Decadal Survey helped collect data about a variety of aspects of climate change, from ocean salinity and fresh water circulation in the oceans to ocean surface temperature to CO2 content in the atmosphere to vegetation and forest coverage of the Earth's surface.

Now, Jason Hyon's team at Jet Propulsion Laboratory has made recommendations to NASA and NOAA for 16 new missions to further explore the ocean and Earth's atmosphere. Hyon discusses the data collected by the Decadal and other surveys, and how this information is being relayed and used by public organizations, and the need to work closely with industry to disseminate this information. Hyon also discusses what key technologies need to be further developed and addressed in order to fully understand global climate change.

Jason Hyon is the chief technologist for JPL Earth Science and Technology Directorate.