WATER FALLS introduces audiences to the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission, a joint NASA/Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency initiative to study precipitation from space. The best way to study the global water cycle is to collect data about the whole planet. It's only in the last few decades that remote sensing technologies have advanced to a state where global measurements are accurate and thorough enough to gather the kinds of deep data sets necessary for detailed analysis. GPM will transform how humanity thinks about rainfall and fresh water management, and it will facilitate vital research into important climate questions.
To capture the holistic, all-encompassing nature of the subject, the GPM project office commissioned WATER FALLS. This 9 minute movie is designed to convey the basic architecture of the orbiting GPM fleet, as well as invest audiences in the importance of turning a critical eye onto something seemingly as ordinary as fresh water from the sky.
Rainfall means life on Earth, but it also offers a lens on a changing planet. A glass of clean, fresh water represents a moment of profound modernity, held in a human hand. The transmutability of water itself, endlessly moving and changing over time, perfectly illustrates the reasons we seek to understand the natural world. It's the èlan vital, and as a substance possessing qualities that transcend its seeming simplicity, water metaphorically describes the most essential qualities of life.
There are three Water Falls docent scripts available as well: