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
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Press Releases & Feature Stories

'Solarium' Goes to the Big Apple

07.01.2015
The World Science Festival in New York City highlighted projects from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, including a new digital art installation that zooms in on vistas of the sun’s dancing surface.

NASA Takes to Skies to Study Nighttime Thunderstorms

07.01.2015
NASA has joined a multi-agency field campaign studying summer storm systems in the U.S. Great Plains to find out why they often form after the sun goes down instead of during the heat of the day.

Smoke From Canadian Fires Drifts Down Into U.S.

07.01.2015
On June 10, 2015, a Terra satellite image showed smoke from the Canadian fires drifting down over the U.S. mid-West.
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Presentations

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

FPI: First “Video” Plasma Analyzer

06.04.2015
FPI aboard the 4 MMS spacecraft provides 100x time resolution. It will reveal the inner workings of the tiny ion and tinier electron diffusion regions of reconnection.
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Turning the power grid into an extremely large space science instrument

06.04.2015
Geomagnetically induced currents (GIC) that flow in power grids during space weather storms can be a hazard for reliable transmission of electricity. GSFC’s space weather team has developed new technology that not only provides real-time information for mitigation of the hazard but also allows the grid to serve as a space physical antenna. The work is being conducted with the US transmission industry’s support.
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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

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.

Heliophysicist Dr. Roger J. Thomas passes away

05/27/2015
Dr. Roger J. Thomas was a scientist of immense integrity, focus, and commitment. In over 40 years at Goddard, he provided the optical design or advised on essentially every solar extreme ultraviolet spectrograph flown by NASA or ESA and was widely recognized for his contributions to their record of success. He was a linchpin of the SERTS and EUNIS sounding rocket investigations over a span of 30 years and 13 flights. He was also over the years a Principal Investigator, Co-Investigator, Project Scientist for the renowned OSO satellites, Study Scientist, Deputy Chief of NASA's Solar and Heliospheric Physics Office, and author or co-author of over 200 scientific publications. He will be deeply missed by his many friends and colleagues at Goddard and in the worldwide scientific community.
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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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