NASA Partners with Amazon to Put Climate “Big Data” Online

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Datasets from the NASA Terra satellite, the flagship of NASA’s Earth Observation System, are part of the collection uploaded to Amazon Web Services in an experimental partnership between NASA and Amazon. Image courtesy of NASA.

A large collection of NASA climate and Earth science satellite data are being made available through the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud in a novel partnership designed to enhance research and educational opportunities nationwide.

To date, several terabytes of data from three satellite and computer modeling datasets have been uploaded to the AWS platform: a set of high-resolution climate change projections from the NASA Earth Exchange (NEX) research program; a global view of Earth’s surface provided by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument on NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites; and the Landsat data record from the U.S. Geological Survey, which provides the longest existing space-based record of Earth’s land. Ultimately, the service will include a wider variety of NASA satellite data sets, including metrics such as temperature, precipitation, and forest cover.

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