The Science of Sustainability

Water

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SkyTEM Aquifer Mapping

SkyTEM Aquifer Mapping

Watch how geologists are using SkyTEM, a flying high-tech rig, to detect and map underground fresh water reserves.

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Food

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Napa Wineries Face Global Warming

Napa Wineries Face Global Warming

California’s Napa Valley has a microclimate that produces world-famous wines, but what happens as the climate warms up? Vintners are using advanced technology to conserve water, while scientists are testing varieties that could replace the cool-climate Pinot Noirs of today.

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Energy

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Science Spotlight: The Combustion of Wood

Science Spotlight: The Combustion of Wood

What happens when wood burns? In this animated explainer, learn about the chemistry of combustion.

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Climate

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What Is Climate Change?

What Is Climate Change?

Explore this QUEST interactive graphic to see major climate zones in the United States and how climate differs from weather.

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Biodiversity

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Career Spotlight: Water Quality Specialist

Career Spotlight: Water Quality Specialist

Melanie Harrison is a water quality specialist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She helps protect and restore threatened and endangered fish species.

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