New Project Will Map The Earth

By: Jill Cordes
By: Jill Cordes

Accurate measurement is important. And nowhere is it more important than when it comes to climate change.

That's the thinking behind the Planetary Skin Initiative, a new partnership between NASA and technology giant Cisco Systems. The goal of the project is to measure, monitor, and verify data on climate change. NASA's satellites and ground and ocean sensors provide climate-change information, and Cisco provides the networking technology to integrate all the data. The hope is that this pairing will give scientists and governments the information they need to draft effective global warming emissions policies. And it could help them better manage food, water, and land use, too.

At the recent World Economic Forum, business and political leaders met to discuss a variety of issues, including climate change. They agreed that one of the most important tools in that fight is the creation of a globally trusted way to measure and verify global warming.

The Planetary Skin project should provide exactly this type of information.


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