Sciences and Exploration Directorate (600) Highlights

Science Highlights

October

Atmospheric Science Highlights

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  • – The Airborne Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (ACATS)
  • – North African Dust Reaching Americas Varies Greatly by Season and Year
  • – Are Tropospheric Ozone Increases in the Southern African Region A Bellwether for Large Pollution Growth in the Southern Hemisphere?
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Press Releases & Feature Stories

NASA Program Enhances Climate Resilience at Agency Facilities

10.31.2014
A new study provides an in-depth look at how NASA facilities have been affected by climate extremes and climate change in recent years and how the agency is preparing for the future.

Goodbye to Rainy Days for US, Japan’s First Rain Radar in Space

10.31.2014
After 17 years of groundbreaking 3-D images of rain and storms, the joint NASA and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) will come to an end next year.

Nuri (Western Pacific Ocean)

10.31.2014
Tropical Depression Nuri formed on Halloween morning, October 31, and is haunting the waters of the western North Pacific Ocean.
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Presentations

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

From Picking Potatoes to Measuring the Biggest Bangs in the Solar System -- Always a Farm Boy! [09/24/2014]

10.01.2014
NASA Solar Physicist Dr. Brian Dennis presented a Maniac Talk entitled "From Picking Potatoes to Measuring the Biggest Bangs in the Solar System -- Always a Farm Boy!" Brian described his formative years in England, then summarized our present understanding of how solar flares work and reviewed possible advances in instrumentation that could lead to major breakthroughs in the future.

Presented by: Dr. Brian Dennis

Maxwell Demon, Black Swan and a Romp in Scientific Hinterlands [08/27/2014]

09.08.2014
NASA climate scientist Dr. P.K. Bhartia presented a Maniac Talk entitled "Maxwell Demon, Black Swan and a Romp in Scientific Hinterlands." PK discussed his roller coaster career, which got nearly derailed after a brief tryst with history and his obsession for understanding esoteric details of measurements that once in a while leads to something interesting.

Presented by: Dr. Pawan Bhartia
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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.
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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
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Local News

NASA Goddard scientists mentioned in World's Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014

07/01/2014
Nine Goddard researchers are listed in the recently released report: The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014. Publications by these and other Goddard researchers can be found in the Goddard Authors & Publications collection.

Bruce Woodgate Passes

04/28/2014
Dr. Bruce Woodgate passed away April 28, 2014 after suffering several strokes. Bruce has a remarkable career, spanning nearly 40 years as a civil servant at Goddard. Bruce was also a mentor to legions of students and young scientists. He retired recently and was still working on UV detectors as an Emeritus scientist. He had very broad interests, in subjects ranging from earth science to stellar atmospheres to exoplanets to large scale structure in the universe. Bruce was probably best known as the PI for the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) for the Hubble Space Telescope. In this capacity he led the design and development of the instrument, including preparation of flight-worthy large-format CCDs and Multi Anode Multi Array (MAMA) detectors that dramatically advanced the state of the art over the previous HST spectrographs.
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Images

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.

Roiling Flows on Holuhraun Lava Field (Iceland)

09/11/2014
Iceland's Holuhraun lava field offers spectacular views from the ground and from low-flying aircraft, and infrared imaging makes the view from space spectacular, too.

Acid Lake in Java

09/12/2014
The turquoise lake in the crater of the Kawah Ijen volcano looks serene and inviting. It also happens to be the world's largest acidic lake.
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