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Earth and Environment

Everything Under the Sun.
It’s a big world. And every day we explore it, pursuing bold solutions to our planet’s most pressing needs.

How much carbon is stored in the trees of Africa’s drylands? Where are major landslides most likely to happen, and how can we mitigate their impact? These are just some of the questions researchers are exploring in this fascinating field, using machine learning, satellite imagery and other advanced tools to better understand the world we all call home. 

Experts at NCSA facilitate research on supercomputers supporting projects led by NASA scientists, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Department of Energy and many others. From monitoring the makeup of the Great Lakes to trying to predict volcanic eruptions, researchers rely on NCSA systems and expertise to support truly world-class work.

NCSA Spotlight

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Kaiyu Guan
Blue Waters Professor, Founding Director of Agroecosystem Sustainability Center

Professor Guan is an innovator creating science- and artificial intelligence-based solutions to ensure the sustainability of food security and the environment.

We are using millions of CPU/GPU hours and processing billions of satellite pixels to develop solutions of co-sustainability of food security and environmental sustainability. All is impossible without NCSA supercomputers!

Project Highlights

Photograph from space of the Earth's atmosphere capturing white and gray clouds, deep blue water, and areas of green land that can be seen peeking through the clouds


See how NCSA visualizations helped NASA better understand data sampled from smoke from one of the largest biomass-burning events in Indonesia on record. Camp2Ex

Daylight photograph on a farm showing two workers in casual attire and hats looking at a clipboard and one working on farm equipment. They're seen standing in a flat soil field on a mildly cloudy day


With funds from the Department of Energy, find out how NCSA scientists created new technologies to measure greenhouse gas emissions to increase yields through sustainable crop management.


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