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Atmospheric Science Highlights

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  • – Improving Storm Forecasts by Data Assimilation of GPM-era Observations
  • – Better Deep Blue Products: Aerosol Single Scattering Albedo and Height from Combined S-NPP VIIRS, OMPS, and CALIOP Observations
  • – What caused the steps in stratospheric global temperature anomalies?
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Press Releases & Feature Stories

Rough Fire in California Largest in the State

The Rough Fire has grown to 83,446 acres and is currently the largest active fire in California.

Hubble Peers into the Heart of a Galactic Maelstrom

This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows Messier 96, a spiral galaxy just over 35 million light-years away in the constellation of Leo (The Lion).

NASA's RapidScat Looks at Winds of 3 Pacific Tropical Cyclones

The RapidScat instrument that flies aboard the International Space Station measures surface wind speed and direction over ocean areas.
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Tropospheric column ozone response to ENSO in GEOS-5 assimilation of OMI and MLS ozone data [08/07/2015]

GEOS-5 assimilation of OMI and MLS ozone observations enable this first comprehensive study of the tropical and midlatitude response of TCO to ENSO along with the ancillary information to interpret the results. It is particularly noted that the midlatitude response is weak but statistically significant over small regions. The response is consistent with ENSO-related changes to the large-scale circulation. The results unify the seemingly disparate findings in prior studies of the midlatitude response and are also useful as a process-oriented assessment of model simulations.

Presented by: Dr. Mark Olsen
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Zombies, Sports, and Cola: Implications for Communicating Weather and Climate [07/14/2015]

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]

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
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ASD Annual Report 2014

Astrophysics Science Division Annual Report (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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Local News

Geronimo Villanueva wins Urey Prize

Congratulations to Geronimo Villanueva for winning the 2015 Urey Prize from the American Astronomical Society Division of Planetary Sciences! This award recognizes Geronimo's exceptional contributions as a young planetary scientist to research on comets and the Mars atmosphere. This is a very prestigious award, and has never before been won by a Goddard scientist. Way to go Geronimo! Read the citation.

Science Jamboree 2015

This year's Science Jamboree was a huge success. Take a look at the photo gallery.
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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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