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Whether you are a scientist, an educator, a student, or just interested in learning more about how to use all the openly available data in NASA's Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) collection, we have the resources to help. This Learn page will help you find what you need to use NASA Earth science data, services, and tools.

Getting Started
New to NASA Earth science data? The Getting Started page will help you learn about NASA Earth science data and show you how to find tools and resources for accessing the data you need.

Earth Science Disciplines
The petabytes worth of data collected by NASA’s Earth science program typically fall into one or several disciplines of study, such as atmosphere, calibrated radiance, cryosphere, human dimensions, land, and ocean. The Earth Science Disciplines page enables you to explore these disciplines, learn more about the Earth processes involved, and the measurements associated with each. In addition, you'll find links to resources for finding, visualizing, and working with data for each of the discipline measurements.

Data Pathfinders and Data Toolkits
Data Pathfinders
are designed to help guide you through the process of selecting data products and learning how to use them. Pathfinders provide direct links to the most commonly used datasets and data products within specific topic areas, such as agriculture and water resources, wildfires, and health and air quality.

Data Toolkits are designed as entry points to access NASA Earth science data resources and are organized by topic. They contain links to datasets, tutorials and how-tos, feature articles and Data User Profiles, as well as other useful information.

Backgrounders
Backgrounders
provide in-depth introductions to the science behind remote sensing data, systems, and software. Want to know what makes Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software so powerful, how nighttime lights imagery is produced, the science behind satellite orbits, or the difference between active and passive sensors? You'll find information about these topics, and many others, here.

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Along with Data Pathfinders, Data Toolkits, and Backgrounders, Resource Pages are available as a quick reference for specific themes. Biodiversity, Sea Level Change, and Tropical Cyclones Resource Pages gather a wealth of information into one location for quick reference, including links to relevant Data User Profiles, Webinars, tutorials, and articles.

Webinars and Tutorials
Select from an extensive collection of on-demand Webinars and Tutorials on data discovery, data access, and data tools.

Articles
Browse through timely and topical Articles about NASA Earth observing data, new data products and tools, and how these data are being used. You'll also find links to articles from NASA's Sensing Our Planet publication highlighting research uses of NASA Earth science data.

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Data User Profiles highlight our diverse end-user community worldwide and show you how scientists, researchers, and managers are using NASA Earth science data to better understand Earth processes and develop tools to more efficiently respond to natural disasters.

Data Chats are short, informal discussions with members of our diverse data-user community that provide insight into how NASA Earth observing data are being used and some of the personal stories behind missions and data.

Community Forums
Earthdata Community Forums provide a place for data users to ask questions and interact with peers. Whether you are a novice or expert data user or simply have a question about data processing, validation, or analysis, these forums allow you to interact with other members of the community interested in these topics.

User Resources
Explore the plethora of User Resources showcasing NASA's Earth Science Data Systems (ESDS) Program. The EOSDIS Quarterly Newsletter highlights NASA EOSDIS news, data access tools, and activities. Outreach Products provides a range of resources, from printed material to multimedia, for a variety of audiences.

Learn the Terms
Confused by acronyms or wondering what a term means? Check out our Acronym and Symbol List and Glossary.

Related Tools and Programs
This page provides a helpful list of Related Tools, organizations, programs, projects, forums, and more.

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Page Last Updated: Jun 8, 2021 at 12:47 PM EDT