NASA’s new chief scientist intends to pay more attention to Earth’s climate

Katherine Calvin, appointed chief scientist for NASA on Monday, announced her intention to make the space agency not only one of the leaders in space exploration beyond Earth, but also the leading agency for the study of the planet itself. In her opinion, the agency’s scientists need to pay more attention to climate research.


“When people hear the word NASA, I want people to think not only about planetary science, but also about climate research. All NASA Chief Scientists had their own areas of specialization. Mine is the climate “– Kelvin told reporters.

The agency is already doing a lot of climate research. The role of the new supervisor will be to establish contacts between NASA scientists and their colleagues outside the department and disseminate the research results.

According to Kelvin, NASA is already a leader in climate research, so the role of the new official is to organize contacts with other agencies and bring the necessary information to the public. Prior to joining NASA, Kelvin worked since 2008 at one of the institutes under the jurisdiction of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.



NASA currently has two dozen satellites in orbit that track changes in climate and nature – oceans, cloud cover, carbon dioxide levels. NASA uses its data to model and predict climate change. In addition, the agency is involved in the development of technologies that can mitigate or adapt to climate change. For example, it is working on technologies to reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions during space travel.

The agency’s chief scientist said NASA’s climate data will soon be easier to find, without users having to search different sites.

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