31 Jul '14, 10pm

New eyes on climate: Instruments to observe vegetation from ISS Full story: #NASA #climate http…

New eyes on climate: Instruments to observe vegetation from ISS Full story: #NASA #climate http…

NASA has selected proposals for two new instruments that will observe changes in global vegetation from the International Space Station. The sensors will give scientists new ways to see how forests and ecosystems are affected by changes in climate or land use change. A laser-based system from the University of Maryland, College Park, will observe the structure of forest canopy. This instrument will be completed in 2019 and will not cost more than $94 million. A high-resolution multiple wavelength imaging spectrometer from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, will study the effectiveness of water use by vegetation. This instrument will be completed in 2018 and not cost more than $30 million. "We are excited to expand the use of the International Space Station to make critical Earth observations that will help scientists understand the diversity of...

Full article: http://climate.nasa.gov/news/1127/

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