Sciences and Exploration Directorate (600) Highlights

Science Highlights

June

Atmospheric Science Highlights

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  • – Four-Frequency Radar Measurements of Clouds and Precipitation From NASA ER-2
  • – TRMM Extreme Precipitation Monitoring System
  • – Improvements in the Simulation of Ozone in GEOSCCM

Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences Highlights

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  • – Improving S-NPP VIIRS Reflective Solar Bands On-orbit Calibration
  • – Impact of Urbanization on the Continental US Surface Climate
  • – Holidays in lights: Tracking cultural patterns in demand for energy services
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Press Releases & Feature Stories

New Animation Shows Millions of Earth Observations for Forecasting

07.28.2015
More than 5 million observations accumulate every 6 hours to drive weather forecasts run by NASA’s Global Modeling and Assimilation Office at the NASA Center for Climate Simulation.

Tropical Depression 8E (Eastern Pacific Ocean)

07.28.2015
The eighth tropical depression of the Eastern Pacific Ocean hurricane season formed far from land on July 27, 2015.

Activity at Klyuchevskoy Volcano

07.27.2015
This photograph, taken by an astronaut onboard the International Space Station, highlights one of the most active volcanic regions on Earth: the Kamchatka Peninsula in far eastern Russia.
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Presentations

Zombies, Sports, and Cola: Implications for Communicating Weather and Climate [07/14/2015]

07.22.2015
Dr. Marshall Shepherd, professor, University of Georgia, also the host of Sunday's talk show Weather Geeks, presented a Maniac lecture entitled "Zombies, Sports, and Cola: Implications for Communicating Weather and Climate." Believe it or not, Dr. Shepherd ties zombies, sports, and cola together to provide a compelling look at how we communicate (miscommunicate) weather and climate.

Presented by: Dr. Marshall Shepherd

Confessions of a Wannabe Meteorologist [06/30/2015]

07.07.2015
Dr. Richard Eckman, a NASA Program Manager presented a Maniac Talk entitled "Confessions of a Wannabe Meteorologist." Richard shared some of his encounters and experiences that led him from meteorology to ionospheric physics to mesospheric chemistry and, ultimately, to program management.

Presented by: Dr. Richard Eckman

Lately it occurs to me, what a long, strange trip it's been: one technocrat's unguided tour through oceanography [05/27/2015]

06.05.2015
NOAA Chief Scientist Dr. Richard "Rick" Spinrad presented a Maniac Talk entitled "Lately it occurs to me, what a long, strange trip it's been: one technocrat's unguided tour through oceanography." Rick shared his journey and life in science, including tipping points in his career and how he has come to understand the value of transdisciplinarity, odds-weighing, and timing.

Presented by: Dr. Richard "Rick" Spinrad
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Reports

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.
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Local News

Science Jamboree 2015

07/07/2015
This year's Science Jamboree was a huge success. Take a look at the photo gallery.
photo of attendees

Parkinson selected for William Nordberg Memorial Award for Earth Science

05/27/2015
Dr. Claire Parkinson has been selected as the recipient for the William Nordberg Memorial Award for Earth Science. The Nordberg Award is presented to a Goddard civil service employee who best exhibits qualities of broad scientific perspective, enthusiastic programmatic and technical leadership on the national and international levels, wide recognition by peers, and substantial research accomplishments in understanding Earth system processes. Claire has been awarded this prestigious honor for her work enabling a deeper understanding of the role of sea ice in the climate system, for outstanding leadership of EOS/Aqua science, and for impressive educational outreach accomplishments.

Emily Wilson and team receive Honorable Mention in Invention of the Year (IOY) Awards for 2014

05/27/2015
The Office of the General Counsel announced the winners of the Invention of the Year (IOY) Awards for 2014. Among the Honorable Mentions is the “Miniaturized Laser Heterodyne Radiometer for Carbon Dioxide (CO2), Methane (CH4), and Carbon Monoxide (CO) Measurements in the Atmospheric Column” from Goddard Space Flight Center. Please congratulate Emily Wilson Steel and her team.
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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.
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