A look at some of the exciting scientific and technological advancements being made in Earth and space science to ensure public safety and economic security in the face of natural disasters.
Earth & Environment
The "third rock from the Sun"—Earth. With an orbit neither too close nor too far from the Sun, it occupies a unique position in the Solar System. It's the only planet known to man with the right conditions for the origin and evolution of life. During Earth's 4.5 billion-year history, a combination of processes has transformed it into a watery blue, living planet. The Earth's ecosystems involve complex interactions between the biological (living) and physical (non-living) worlds. Scientific research helps us comprehend our effects on the environment and how the environment in turn responds to impacts of our activities.
Pacific corals and fish can both smell a bad neighborhood, and use that ability to avoid settling in damaged reefs.
Local weather forecast warnings about unhealthy air could become much more common around the country
Jellyfish swarms and environmental change
Hear from Front Range Air Pollution and Photochemistry Éxperiment (FRAPPÉ) principal investigators Frank Flocke and Gabriele Pfister as they share the what, why, and how of this field campaign that took place in Colorado.
Rare find of sauropod dinosaur skeleton from Africa
Long Term Ecological Research site provides important clues for protecting & managing estuaries
Researchers uncover immense, remarkably complete dinosaur skeleton
Evolutionary ecologist Christine Miller describes how a love of the outdoors inspired her to study evolution
In this episode we explore an iPad app that makes learning weather fun.
A look at the daily dance to deploy Alvin into the ocean
Scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and partner organizations launched a major field project across the northern Front Range of Colorado to track the origins of summertime ozone, an invisible but harmful pollutant.
Scientist Jeff Weber shares his vast knowledge about summertime weather
NSF-funded WISSARD team discovers microbial life in Antarctic subglacial Lake Whillans
Scientists study how thunderstorms interact with pollutants in the atmosphere
Michael Heithaus studies how tiger sharks affect one particular ecosystem--Shark Bay, Australia
An engineer's research to understand how bacteria and antibiotics interact in the environment may one day help reduce the danger of antibiotic-resistant bacteria to the public
An international team of 12 leading plant biologists say their discoveries could have profound implications for increasing the supply of food and energy for our rapidly growing global population.
We live inside Earth's "global electric circuit," sharing our atmosphere with sprites, elves, blue jets, and other electric phenomena.
Matias Kirst, an associate professor in quantitative genetics at the University of Florida, explains how researchers study tree genetics to identify species best suited for forest plantations and those able to adapt to climate change.