Sciences and Exploration Directorate (600) Highlights

Science Highlights

February

Atmospheric Science Highlights

[Download file]
  • – Modeling Studies of Direct (in Radiation) and Indirect (in Cloud Microphysics) Effects of Aerosols Using the NASA Unified WRF
  • – Earth’s Climate Sensitivity: Apparent Inconsistencies in Recent Analyses
  • – Improved Nimbus-7 TOMS View of the 1991 Gulf War Oil Fires Plume Shows Extensive Impact of Smoke Cloud
See Directorate Science Highlights Archive »

Press Releases & Feature Stories

Webb Conversations: It's All About Infrared - Why Build the James Webb Space Telescope

02.26.2015
This is the second installment in a four-part series of conversations with Paul Geithner, deputy project manager, technical, for the James Webb Space Telescope.

Africa, from a CATS point of view

02.26.2015
NASA’s newest cloud- and aerosol-measuring instrument provides a profile of the atmosphere above Africa.

3-D Views of February Snow Storms from GPM

02.26.2015
The Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory captured 3-D views of two February storms.
See Directorate Press Releases & Feature Stories Archive »

Presentations

How much first-principle physics do we need in remote-sensing and atmospheric-radiation research? [01/26/2015]

02.03.2015
NASA climate scientist Dr. Michael I. Mishchenko presented a Maniac Talk entitled "How much first-principle physics do we need in remote-sensing and atmospheric-radiation research." Michael explained his skepticism and how it has shaped his contributions to the disciplines of electromagnetic scattering, radiative transfer, and remote sensing, which have found widespread use.

Creating the Future: Building JWST, what it may find, and what comes next? [11/19/2014]

11.24.2014
Nobel Laureate John Mather presented a Maniac Talk entitled "Creating the Future: Building JWST, what it may find, and what comes next?" In this lecture, John takes a rear view look at how James Webb Space Telescope was started, what it can see and what it might discover. He describes the hardware, what it was designed to observe, and speculate about the surprises it might uncover. He also outlines a possible future of space observatories: what astronomers want to build, what we need to invent, and what they might find, even the chance of discovering life on planets around other stars.

Presented by: Dr. John Mather

Balancing Precariously on Giants’ Shoulders; Landsat and Project Science [10/22/2014]

10.28.2014
Dr. James Irons, Deputy Director of NASA Goddard Earth Sciences Division, presented a Maniac Talk entitled "Balancing Precariously on Giants' Shoulders; Landsat and Project Science." Jim shared his 35 years experience and observations working across GSFC Directorates to play a role in a couple of successful Landsat missions.

Presented by: Dr. James Irons
See Directorate Presentations Archive »

Reports

ASD Annual Report 2013

Astrophysics Science Division Annual Report (2013)

06.30.2014
A summary of awards, research, projects, missions, and education/public outreach activities of the Astrophysics Science Division at Goddard Space Flight Center.
Download ASDAnnualReport2013.pdf
Still from Paint by Particle simulation of the atmosphere that captured how winds move aerosols around the world

GMAO Annual Report & Research Highlights 2011-2012

08.01.2012
Over the last year, the Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO) has continued to advance our GEOS-5-based systems, updating products for both weather and climate applications.
Download GMAO_2011-2012Highlights.pdf
See Directorate Reports Archive »

Local News

Dr. Colleen Hartman will assume the leadership of the SED on Mar 31

02/24/2015
Colleen Harman profile photo Dr. Colleen Hartman will assume the leadership of the Sciences and Exploration Directorate as its director, on March 31, 2015.

Colleen has served as SED's acting director since February 2014, as well as Goddard’s deputy director for science, operations and performance since July 2012. She has a long and distinguished career with NASA, NOAA, the White House and in academia, having held a variety of leadership posts, including the acting associate administrator, deputy associate administrator, planetary division director in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters, and deputy associate administrator at NOAA.

Through her impressive career, Colleen has served as NASA program manager for dozens of missions, built and launched scientific balloon payloads, and worked on robotic vision. She has been instrumental in developing innovative approaches to powering space probes, including in-space propulsion and nuclear power. By gaining White House and congressional approval, she spearheaded the creation of a whole new line of planetary missions called New Frontiers. We are privileged that Colleen brings with her this extensive scientific expertise and breadth of experience as she takes on the vital mission role of director, Sciences and Exploration Directorate.
See Directorate News Archive »

Images

Colorful and Plankton-Full Patagonian Waters

12/16/2014
Late spring and summer weather brings blooms of color to the Atlantic Ocean off of South America, at least from a satellite view.

Retreat of the Columbia Glacier

11/10/2014
Scientists have long studied Alaska's fast-moving Columbia Glacier, a tidewater glacier descending through the Chugach Mountains into Prince William Sound. Yet the river of ice continues to surprise.

Ocean Data Shows 'Climate Dance' of Plankton

10/02/2014
The greens and blues of the ocean color from NASA satellite data have provided new insights into how climate and ecosystem processes affect the growth cycles of phytoplankton.
See Directorate Image Archive »
                                                                                                                                                                                        
NASA Logo, National Aeronautics and Space Administration