Five U.S. Expeditions Targeting Air, Land and Sea

Five U.S. Expeditions Targeting Air, Land and Sea


Nov. 29, 2019

Global Korean Post

NASA is sending five airborne campaigns across the United States in 2020 to investigate fundamental processes that ultimately impact human lives and the environment, from snowstorms along the East Coast to ocean eddies off the coast of San Francisco.


Science teams will embark by land, sea and air as part of multi-year campaigns funded by NASA’s Earth Venture program. This is NASA’s third series of competitively selected Earth Venture suborbital investigations.


NASA uses the vantage point of space to increase our understanding of our home planet, improve lives and safeguard our future. To gain a more complete picture of how and why our planet is changing, the agency also sponsors intensive field campaigns targeting critical science issues that can benefit from a deeper look by taking advantage of NASA’s capabilities in airborne science.


Campaigns will conduct science on a variety of platforms. High-altitude aircraft will observe chemistry in the stratosphere, far beyond the reach of commercial planes, to study the impact of intense storms that breach the troposphere, where most weather occurs. A flotilla of autonomous gliders and floats will take to the Pacific Ocean to measure temperature and salinity at and below the water’s surface to better understand the exchange of heat between ocean and atmosphere. Researchers will descend on wetlands by foot and boat to study how sea level rise is affecting delta ecosystems.

The five new Earth Venture integrated airborne and surface field campaigns begin their first year of field work in 2020, running from January through October.