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Science Highlights

July

Atmospheric Science Highlights

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  • – Towards long-term global aerosol optical depth (AOD) records: a consistent retrieval algorithm for MODIS and VIIRS
  • – Aerosol Optical Depth (AOD) is underestimated over South Asia in multiple models
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Press Releases & Feature Stories

Smoke from Fires in Southwestern Oregon, Northern California

08.03.2015
This satellite image shows smoke from several fires in Oregon and California on Aug. 2, 2015.

A Tale of Two Extremes: Rainfall Across the US

07.31.2015
The United States has seen a tale of two extremes this year, with drenching rains in the eastern half of the country and persistent drought in the west.

NASA Goddard’s Technology Helps Fight Forest Pests

07.31.2015
Northeastern forests in the United States cover more than 165 million acres, an area almost as big as Texas.
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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

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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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