Five Ways NASA Researches Open Science and Protects the Environment

Five Ways NASA Does Open Science Research and Protects the Environment
Five Ways NASA Open Science Research and Conservation of the Environment - An iPad that maps Coral Habitats NeMO-Net is a single-player iPad game in which players help NASA classify coral reefs by drawing 3D and 2D images of coral. Players can rate other players' classifications and level up the food chain as they explore and classify coral reefs and other shallow marine environments and creatures from all over the world! Credit: NASA A coral habitat map app for iPad In the iPad game NeMO-Net, participants create 3D and 2D coral images to help NASA classify coral reefs. Players can rate other players' classifications and progress up the food chain as they explore and categorize coral reefs and other shallow marine environments from all over the world! Source: NASA

In honor of Earth Day, it's crucial to recognize the contribution of open science to protecting our planet and advancing NASA's research efforts. Researchers can interact and exchange data through programs such as NASA's Transformation to Open Science (TOPS), which promotes openness and integrity of science.

By openly sharing research findings and data, NASA empowers researchers and the public to create new perspectives, resources, and strategies for environmental protection. Prioritizing open science and working towards a more inclusive, collaborative and inclusive approach to science is of paramount importance as we continue to face serious environmental concerns.

To monitor changes in land use and cover, study the effects of climate change, and manage natural resources, NASA's Earth observation program Landsat offers unlimited access to high-resolution photographs of our planet's changing surface. This information can be used to guide policy decisions and resource management techniques to better protect the planet's ecosystems.

Africa's arid forests are crucial to the world's carbon cycle and climate system. Thanks to the groundbreaking work of NASA-funded scientists, we now have a comprehensive estimate of the carbon stored in approximately 10 billion individual trees in Africa's Sahara, Sahel and Sudan regions.

High-resolution satellite photography and machine learning techniques have been used by scientists to map and estimate the amount of carbon stored outside dense tropical forests using cutting-edge technology and open research principles. Thanks to the free and open access data, we can all better understand the distribution and function of dryland trees in our ecosystem.

Climate Patterns Thousands of Mile Away Affect US Bird Pond
Climate Patterns Thousands of Miles Away Affect US Bird Pond – Two snapshots showing birds flying close to the water as they migrate. More than 350 bird species are counted on the Pacific Flyway each year.
Credits: Davis Ranches/John Brennan

Thanks to NASA-funded studies, we now have a better understanding of how climate changes around the world can affect these bird behaviors and migration patterns. Climate patterns thousands of miles away can affect the timing of bird migration in the United States. NASA scientists can detect and predict these patterns in real time, helping us protect and preserve our animals using the latest satellite technology and open science principles.

The SERVIR program and NASA atmospheric scientists collaborate to improve air quality in Nepal, Bhutan and Pakistan. Cities like Kathmandu can experience extremely poor air quality due to steep valleys and cold, dense mountain air that keeps smoke and pollution close to the ground. Various air quality products have been developed by the team to address this issue, including an air pollution forecasting model that incorporates information from satellites in low and stable Earth orbit.

Policy makers and the public can access and use these statistics as they are publicly available on the Nepal Ministry of Environment's Air Quality Monitoring dashboard. Thanks to collaboration and feedback from decision makers, the team is able to continuously improve data and offer effective solutions to preserve the region's breathable air as it evolves.

The purpose of NASA TOPS is to foster an open science culture within and outside of NASA. As a component of NASA's Open Source Science Initiative, TOPS aims to rapidly reshape institutions, groups, and communities in favor of more accessible and inclusive research methods. To raise awareness of the value of federally sponsored research and public access to data, TOPS engages scientists, researchers, and the general public through a variety of communication efforts. To advance open research goals, TOPS actively supports larger Open Research Year efforts and collaborates with allied stakeholder organizations.


Günceleme: 20/04/2023 14:34

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