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NASA’s Gift to Earth: A Climate Change Supercomputer

Posted By Sarah Parsons On April 21, 2010 @ 9:02 am In global development,global warming,green technology,Policy | 2 Comments

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Just in time for Earth Day [2], a new NASA data-crunching tool aims to revolutionize global climate change research. NASA Earth Exchange, or NEX [3], uses a 128-screen supercomputer to combine satellite images, research data and modeling software. The program basically brings together global climate data from the past and present to create a central hub of information for scientists around the world. NASA hopes the innovative program will foster greater cooperation amongst the science community and create a more comprehensive picture of global climate change.

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To illustrate just how cool this tech really is, here’s an example of one of the many, many amazing feats NEX can pull off [3]. NEX can assemble half-trillion pixel images of global vegetation change over the past 30 years in just 10 hours. Without using a massive supercomputer, compiling that kind of data would typically take researchers months and months. And NEX handles more than just snapshots: The nifty program can pull up climate models, weather systems data, information on land-use patterns–the possibilities are endless.

While NEX is pretty amazing [3] from a technological standpoint, what is truly exciting is how the program can revolutionize climate change research. By giving scientists across the globe access to this supercomputing, intelligent system, NASA [5] can foster international participation amongst the science community and improve the state of climate change research.

Via Popular Science [3]


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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/04/21/nasas-gift-to-earth-a-climate-change-supercomputer/nasa/

[2] Earth Day: http://www.earthday.org/

[3] NASA Earth Exchange, or NEX: http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2010-04/nasas-earth-day-gift-56832-core-128-screen-climate-research-supercomputer

[4] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/04/21/nasas-gift-to-earth-a-climate-change-supercomputer/satellite-image_picnik/

[5] NASA: http://www.nasa.gov/

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