Sciences and Exploration Directorate (600) Highlights

Science Highlights


Atmospheric Science Highlights

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  • – Engaging Audiences about Rain, Snow and Storms: GPM’s Rain EnGAUGE
  • – Alaska, Greenland, Iceland and Patagonia are Active Dust Producing Regions
  • – Complex Regional Trends (2005-2015) in NO2 and SO2 Pollution from Aura’s Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI)
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Press Releases & Feature Stories

99L (Atlantic Ocean)

NASA analyzed the rainfall and cloud heights in an area of low pressure designated as System 99L.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

This Landsat 8 image show a segment of the barrier islands in the vicinity of Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

Olympic National Park Fires in Washington State

The National Park Service reports that: "There are currently four small, lightning-caused fires burning in the Olympic National Park wilderness."
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Reminiscences of a scientist's journey from Nawfia to NASA [07/25/2016]

NASA climate scientist Charles Ichoku presented a Maniac lecture entitled, "Reminiscences of a scientist's journey from Nawfia to NASA." Born in a small town in Nigeria, Charles traced his captivating journey to NASA, which was full of surprises, and related his experiences with the great people he met and interacted with along the way, as well as some of his work.

Presented by Dr. Charles Ichoku

What If and So What? Climate Change and Corn/Wheat/Rice/Soybeans (and a few words on Cities) [06/22/2016]

NASA climate scientist Cynthia Rosenzweig presented a Maniac lecture entitled, "What If and So What? Climate Change and Corn/Wheat/Rice/Soybeans (and a few words on Cities)." Cynthia narrated how her background as agronomist set her on a path to investigate how a change in climate due to increased carbon dioxide would impact food security and how NASA missions and models have been valuable at every step of the way. Cynthia also touched briefly on climate change and cities.

Presented by: Dr. Cynthia Rosenzweig
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June 2016 Overview by the Director

Overview of the SED by Colleen Hartman, Code 600 Director. The document outlines: 1) Who we are, 2) what we do, 3) how we do it, and 4) why we do it.
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Photo of AfriSAR team members Sassan Saatchi and Laura Duncanson taking measurements of trees in the rainforest in the Mondah National Park, Gabon, Africa

Images of AfriSAR

AfriSAR: NASA Science mission measures changes in the Gabon environment
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Local News

Nordberg Award Winner Piers Sellers receives award from Colleen Hartman and presents memorial lecture.

Memorial Lecture Photos

Women In Aerospace Leadership Award Goes to Dr. Colleen Hartman

Congratulations to Dr. Colleen Hartman for her selection for the Women In Aerospace 2016 Leadership Award. The award is presented for: “Demonstration of exemplary leadership abilities that enable others to succeed in the aerospace field. Leadership of noteworthy contributions to the aerospace field on a single project over several years or during a career. Commitment to professional growth. Service as a role model or mentor that shows dedication to the advancement of women in aerospace.”

Intern poster session Science award winners

Congratulations to the 2016 Science award winners from the intern poster session: Lucas Tax (660), Austin Kim (662), Evan Frangipane (674), Anna Voelker (674), Michael Greklek-McKeon (674), and Robert Spencer (613). Colleen Hartman, Director of the Sciences & Exploration Directorate, presented the awards on Thursday August 4.
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Colorful and Plankton-Full Patagonian Waters

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

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

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.
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