NASA-ISRO come together to launch Earth System Observatory

NASA-ISRO come together to launch Earth System Observatory
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In another big advancement, NASA will launch a Earth System Observatory to address climate change. NASA will design a new set of Earth-focused missions to provide key information.

This will help guide efforts related to climate change, disaster mitigation, fighting forest fires, apart from improving real-time agricultural processes.

Each satellite will be uniquely designed to complement others. They will work in tandem to create a 3D, holistic view of Earth, from bedrock to atmosphere.

This new system NASA will develop with the help of radar systems from the ISRO. The advancement will help immensely in disaster mitigation.

The observatory is still at a formulation stage. ISRO will provide two radar systems that can measure changes in Earth’s surface less than a half-inch.

One of them is Nasa-Isro Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR). This mission aims to measure processes such as ice-sheet collapse and natural hazards like earthquakes, volcanoes, and landslides, etc.

NISAR will assist planners and decision-makers better with managing hazards and natural resources in the future.

Scientists will use these data from the observatory to better understand climate changes. This will also help asses its impact on food and agriculture, habitation, and natural resources.

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