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This workshop will be held in-person as a part of Pecora 22.

Addressing our changing climate is a complex and multi-dimensional issue facing the global population. Climate data records provide evidence of climate change through changes in key indicators such as global land and ocean temperature, sea levels, polar and glacial ice extent; frequency and severity of extreme weather such as hurricanes, heatwaves, wildfires, droughts, floods, and precipitation, and cloud and vegetation cover. This information coupled with theoretical models and scenarios of future emissions form a fundamental basis for climate mitigation, adaptation, and risk management planning in all parts of the world and across many elements of society and ecosystems.

This four-hour workshop, hosted by the NASA Applied Remote Sensing Training (ARSET) Program, will provide an overview of NASA resources for monitoring climate change and its impacts on various sectors such as extreme weather, water, food, and health. We will define the terminology and the role of Earth observations in climate change assessment, and then provide an overview of NASA climate models suitable for emissions policy, impacts, risk, and resilience applications. 

The workshop will provide hands-on examples using open source tools to visualize and access information and data relevant to understanding and planning for climate change. The workshop will also preview NASA’s Earth System Observatory, a new set of Earth-focused missions to provide key information to guide efforts related to climate change, disaster mitigation, wildfires, and improving real-time agricultural processes.

Agenda Links Document

(2022). ARSET - Climate Change Monitoring and Impacts Assessment using NASA Earth Observations. NASA Applied Remote Sensing Training Program (ARSET).
Course Format

The workshop will be held Monday, October 24th from 1:30 – 5:30 pm.

Session 1: Introduction to Climate Change
01:30 pm ~ 02:30 pm


  • Welcome, Introductions, About ARSET
  • Overview of Climate Change
  • Monitoring Climate Change Drivers using NASA Data


Session 2: Earth Observations for Climate Change Impacts (Land & Atmosphere)
02:30 pm ~ 03:50 pm


  • Overview
  • Phenology
  • Flooding
  • Drought (Climate Engine Exercise)
  • Urban Heat Island (UHI) and Extreme Heat (Google Earth Engine Exercise)
  • Wildfires and Smoke (Worldview, FIRMS Exercise)


Session 3: Earth Observations for Climate Change Assessment (Ocean & Ice)
04:00 pm ~ 04:40 pm


  • Overview
  • Sea Level Rise
  • Exercise


Session 4: Climate Models, Policy, & Decision Making
04:40 pm ~ 05:30 pm


  • Climate Models and Adaptations
  • NASA’s Earth System Observatory (ESO)
  • Q&A and Survey



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