Enhance and extend your knowledge of the Clouds Protocol with additional information about clouds, observing, and satellite matches provided by NASA Langley Research Center. NASA, in collaboration with the GLOBE Program, invites participants to submit ground cloud observations following the updated Clouds Protocol. A team from NASA Langley Research Center will compare observations with data from satellites/instruments for validation purposes, and will also return the matched data to the participant, encouraging engagement in authentic science experiences through NASA missions. NASA comparison data is retrieved from the CERES instrument (riding on Aqua, Terra, and NPP satellites), geostationary weather satellites, CALIPSO and CloudSat.
NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive Mission (SMAP) will measure soil moisture from space. Launching in early November 2014, SMAP will have applications in science, agriculture, and environmental management, each of them vital to Earth's health and sustainability. From understanding the processes that link the water, carbon, and energy cycles to improving weather and climate prediction models, SMAP will advance environmental knowledge.