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Home A simulation of ECOSTRESS land surface temperature data around California’s Salton Sea (dark blue area, upper left). Cooler areas appear in blue and green, warmer areas are in yellow and red. The region south of the lake that appears green is mostly agricultural fields, and other surrounding areas are desert. (NASA / JPL-Caltech) A simulation of ECOSTRESS land surface temperature data around California's Salton Sea (dark blue area, upper left). Cooler areas appear in blue and green, warmer areas are in yellow and red. The region south of the lake that appears green is mostly agricultural fields, and other surrounding areas are desert. (NASA / JPL-Caltech)

A simulation of ECOSTRESS land surface temperature data around California’s Salton Sea (dark blue area, upper left). Cooler areas appear in blue and green, warmer areas are in yellow and red. The region south of the lake that appears green is mostly agricultural fields, and other surrounding areas are desert. (NASA / JPL-Caltech)

A simulation of ECOSTRESS land surface temperature data around California's Salton Sea (dark blue area, upper left). Cooler areas appear in blue and green, warmer areas are in yellow and red. The region south of the lake that appears green is mostly agricultural fields, and other surrounding areas are desert. (NASA / JPL-Caltech)

A simulation of ECOSTRESS land surface temperature data around California’s Salton Sea (dark blue area, upper left). Cooler areas appear in blue and green, warmer areas are in yellow and red. The region south of the lake that appears green is mostly agricultural fields, and other surrounding areas are desert. (NASA / JPL-Caltech)

ECOSTRESS will measure the temperature of plants from space. Scientists will be able to use that temperature data to better understand how much water plants need and how they respond to water shortages. (USDA)