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Measuring the Planet’s Health in Vibrant Shades of Green

From space, Earth appears as a blue marble. But some researchers have been studying the planet through a different-colored lens: green.

They have tried to determine which regions are particularly susceptible to some variations in climate, and which are more resilient. And after studying 14 years’ worth of NASA satellite images and tracking changes in the color of vegetation, they have developed what they’re calling the Vegetation Sensitivity Index .

A new study, published and reviewed in Nature magazine, shows the changes in shades of green (a proxy for plant health) in response to certain environmental factors — in this case, temperature, water availability and cloud cover.


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 Measuring the Planet’s Health in Vibrant Shades of Green

From space, Earth appears as a blue marble. But some researchers have been studying the planet through a different-colored lens: green. gives you information about a trial's purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers for more details.

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

At the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, our staff is focused on understanding how ecosystems work. Special attention is given to resources that humans depend on, with the goal of using science to guide management and policy.

Houston Advanced Research Center

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National Center for Environmental Health

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European Commission

The EU supports research activities aimed at recommending practical ideas and technologies to help solve the environmental problems facing Europe and the world. This website explains how the Commission's Environment research programme is tackling this huge research challenge through the right policies, projects and people.

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

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