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Mission Themes

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NISAR would measure surface deformation to determine the likelihood of earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and landslides, and monitor groundwater, hydrocarbon, and sequestered CO2 reservoirs.

Illuminating Earth's Dynamic Surface and Interior



NISAR would determine how climate and ice masses interrelate and raise sea level and will measure changes in sea ice, snow extent, permafrost, and surface melting.

Understanding Earth's Cold Regions




NISAR would determine the contribution of Earth's biomass to the global carbon budget and characterize ecosystem disturbance and impacts on biodiversity.

Monitoring and Managing Our Terrestrial Ecosystems




NISAR would measure aquifer extent and change over the Earth's vulnerable water systems.

Water: Sustaining Life