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Taking a 360-degree view of water

12 August 2013

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Escaping from the ocean, then surfing on clouds until taking that fateful fall back to Earth, water is on a journey. NASA's new short film "Water Falls" invites the public along for the ride as scientists follow water around the globe - on a globe.

Produced specifically for the Science on a Sphere media platform in partnership with the Global Precipitation Measurement, or GPM, mission, "Water Falls" tells the story of the movement of water throughout the planet on a spherical screen - literally giving a 360-degree view of water. The film introduces viewers to the water cycle. It shows how water in the atmosphere regulates climate, the global and local consequences of too much or too little rain, water's effect on society from food production to urban sustainability, and the role of water in dangerous storms and hurricanes.

"Scientists need to know how much it rains and snows globally to better understand a range of applications from natural disasters to crop modelling and weather prediction," said Dalia Kirschbaum, GPM applications scientist and education and public outreach coordinator at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

Source: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

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