On the occasion of world earth day 22 April 2017, NASA has taken the initiatives to spread awareness on the world earth day and its importance to save our plants. NASA has started a campaign naming #AdoptThePlanet in which it has invited people around the world to virtually adopt one of 64,000 individual pieces of Earth as seen from space.
My oath on saving Earth:
Inspired by NASA’s world Earth day awareness campaign, I have decided to save the earth and save trees by taking an oath to slowly reduce the use of paper in my daily life. Going forward, I will be reducing the use of tissue papers in toilets.
What is the #AdoptThePlanet campaign?
Beginning on April 6, you and your neighbors will be able to share in learning about the fine details that make up our global environment by “adopting” a small part of our home planet. All members who participate in the campaign will get an online certificate with a unique number representing the random piece of Earth with an average 55 miles wide. The certificate features NASA Earth science data collected for that location — a view of the planet in a light a common man never seen before. You have the option to print or share it with friends like I did it here.
How to participate in the adaptation program?
In order to participate in the event, you need to visit the Worldview Website to adopt a piece of the planet for free and to explore the corner of the world. The process is simple in which you don’t require any documents instead you just need to provide your name in a box provided. The worldview site is designed to take care rest of the work in assigning a random piece of earth.
Does the participant have any legal ownership?
No, participating in the campaign does not confer any legal or ownership rights.
What is Worldview?
The Worldview tool from NASA’s Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) allows users to interactively browse global, full-resolution satellite imagery and download the underlying data. Worldview is part of NASA’s Earth Observing System Data and Information System, which is responsible for making the large repository of NASA’s data accessible on free of cost to the public. NASA is using the technology like Bigdata analytics (Teradata and Hadoop) to store, analyze and extract a large amount of data in the required format.
Most of the data available from various Earth’s spacecraft are updated within three hours of observation showing the entire Earth as it looks “right now”. The data available through the earth’s spacecraft are utilized by the various organization for various application such as wildfire management, air quality measurements, and flood monitoring.
What’s the benefit of adapting the earth?
In Worldview, you will be able to view images that highlight the amount of vegetation on land or view air quality measurements. You can see how far air pollution and soot from fires or volcanoes have traveled from land to the ocean or how much sea ice is present in the Arctic and Antarctic. You can view your adopted locations current natural hazards and events using the Events tab, which reveals a list that includes wildfires, tropical storms, and volcanic eruptions. In addition, one can also see how the Earth has changed through time, as many data products span almost 30 years.
What’s mission goal?
The data available in the worldview are of same quality of data which is used by scientists to study the ecological changes on the planet. It’s the basic right for all the living organism on this earth to enjoy the life in the earth but due to various human activities, Earth’s ecological balance has been disrupted causing various natural disasters in the earth from past decades. Most of the countries are facing a shortage of water, food etc and some countries are in danger of facing worst natural disasters. As per some research, small islands like Maldives and other countries are in danger of getting submerged in the ocean.
In order to spread awareness on importance of earth, trees, and animals and other ecological factors on human beings, NASA has started this campaign which helps the people realize the various ecological factors happening arround them.
This initiative’s goal is to have the entire planet adopted by Earth Day, April 22. NASA will start the process once again when once all 64,000 part of the earth are adopted.
Various layers of visualization options available in worldview:
Once I got to know about the campaign, I participated in the campaign and explored below visualization available. After exploring the worldview site I came to know various facts about the biological and ecological condition of earth around me.
Enhanced Vegetative Index:
The Enhanced Vegetation Index is used as a measure of the greenness and health of vegetation.
The Brightness Temperature layer measures naturally occurring microwave energy that radiates from clouds, land, and open water, among other natural objects.
The Carbon Monoxide layer indicates the amount of carbon monoxide (CO) from Earth’s surface to the top of the atmosphere measured in parts per billion by volume.
The Chlorophyll a layer provides the concentration of chlorophyll a near the surface of the ocean in milligrams of chlorophyll pigment per cubic meter.
Cloud Top Height:
The Cloud Top Height layer indicates the height of the highest cloud top rounded to the nearest 50 meters (164-foot increments).
This Corrected Reflectance combination is used to map snow and ice in false color.
The Nighttime Imagery layer shows Earth’s surface and atmosphere in grayscale using a sensor designed to capture low light sources under varying conditions.
The Snow Cover layer shows the percent of snow cover over land and inland water bodies.
Sea Surface Temperature:
The Sea Surface Temperature layer is the temperature in degrees Celsius of the top fraction of an inch of the ocean’s surface.
The Ozone layer indicates ozone levels at about 12 miles (20 kilometers) above Earth as measured in parts per billion by volume.
Root Zone Soil Moisture:
The Root Zone Soil Moisture layer displays global estimates of moisture in the top 40 inches (100 centimeters) of soil.
Global Digital Elevation Map:
The Global Digital Elevation Map shows land elevation around the world with a resolution of ~100 feet (30 meters), meaning each pixel is about the size of a baseball diamond.
To explore Earth as it is right now, click here.
To learn more about NASA Earth Science, Click here
T support the campaign be sure to share the post and your adopted piece on social media with the hashtag #AdoptThePlanet.
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