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OCO-2 - Orbiting Carbon Observatory
MISSION THEMES
Mission Themes Overview

Illuminating Earth’s Dynamic Surface and Interior


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









Understanding Earth's Cold Regions


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







Monitoring and Managing Our Terrestrial Ecosystems


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



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