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Mission Themes

Mission Themes Overview
Solid Earth Observations
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
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Earth Surface and Interior White Paper

Cryosphere Observations
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
Cryosphere White Paper
Cryosphere White Paper

Monitoring and Managing Our Terrestrial Ecosystems

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

Water: Sustaining Life

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