An EPIC view of Earth’s processes Today’s Video of the Day from NASA describes the advantages of using data from the Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC), which is located on the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite.
From one million miles away, EPIC has been collecting between 13 and 22 images of the Earth every day since 2015. The data enables scientists to monitor and analyze important aspects of our planet such as tiny particles in the atmosphere, smoke from wildfires, and the health of vegetation on land. NASA Satellite Camera Provides “EPIC” View of Earth. Data from the NASA science instruments will be processed at the agency’s DSCOVR Science Operations Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. This data will be archived and distributed by the Atmospheric Science Data Center at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.
Data from EPIC will be used to measure ozone and aerosol levels in Earth’s atmosphere, cloud height, vegetation properties and the ultraviolet reflectivity of Earth. NASA will use this data for a number of Earth science applications, including dust and volcanic ash maps of the entire planet. An EPIC view of Earth’s processes as shown above in the video.
By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer
Video Credit: NASA