Understanding and safeguarding our planet's critical life support systems
The vital systems that underpin the health of the planet are facing unprecedented environmental pressures caused by human activity — notably, the increasing impacts of climate change. We urgently need to broaden our knowledge about how much and how rapidly these critical life support systems are changing and what that means to all of us who depend on them to survive.
By applying cutting-edge technology and robust scientific analysis to study the most extreme environments on Earth, we aim to reveal critical information about our changing world that will inform solutions for achieving a planet in balance.
main photo by NASA; Mountains: Photo by Ami Vitale; Rainforests: Photo by Frans Lanting; Ocean: Photo by Enric Sala; The 2019 National Geographic and Rolex Perpetual Planet Everest Expedition (Basecamp at Night): Photo by Mariusz Potocki; Science-Based Expedition: Mark Fisher; Research: V.V. Robin; Technology: Courtesy NGS Labs; Graphic Visualization: Mark Thiessen; Grants: Steve Winter; Fellowships: Courtesy Katy Croff Bell; Convenings: Christiaan Hart; Storytelling: Jimmy Chin.