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Atmospheric Science Highlights

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  • – AERONET Precipitable Water Vapor Validated for Global Applications
  • – Tropical Upper-Troposphere Ice Clouds Are Systematically Tilted Poleward
  • – First demonstration of formaldehyde (HCHO) retrieval with Suomi NPP OMPS
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Press Releases & Feature Stories

Prescribed Fires in National Forests of Wisconsin

NASA's Aqua satellite captures two prescribed fires burning in the state of Wisconsin.

NASA Scientist to Discuss Solving the Global Ozone Crisis at Library of Congress Lecture

The public is invited to a free talk called “How Science and Policy Solved the Global Ozone Crisis” with Dr. Paul Newman at the Library of Congress on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 12:30 p.m. EDT.

Drenching the South and Plains

Much of the high plains and south central regions of the continental United States have been unusually dry for some time. This April and May the weather fortunes of some states took an extreme turn...
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Mission-Driven Climate Computing at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center Wall Poster

This poster displays the 50-year-plus history of Earth science satellite and modeling missions and accompanying growth in high-end computing and mass storage.
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Ozone has been very, very good to me! [04/22/2015]

NASA climate scientist Dr. Richard Stolarski presented a Maniac Talk entitled "Ozone has been very, very good to me!" Rich was a player and an eye witness to much of the historical development of our understanding of the stratospheric ozone layer from the 1970s to the present. He shared some of the lessons learned on this journey, including major scientific and political developments that led to the Montreal Protocol that bans the production of many ozone-depleting substances.

Presented by: Dr. Richard Stolarski

Sheer luck: How I stumbled my way through a fantastic scientific career [03/31/2015]

Dr. Eugenia Kalnay, Distinguished University Professor and the first woman to get a doctorate in Meteorology from MIT, presented a Maniac Talk entitled, "Sheer luck: How I stumbled my way through a fantastic scientific career." Eugenia shared her life and times at the University of Buenos Aires, MIT, NASA, NOAA and University of Maryland, infused with dreams from her mother.

Presented by: Dr. Eugenia Kalnay
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ASD Annual Report 2013

Astrophysics Science Division Annual Report (2013)

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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GMAO Annual Report & Research Highlights 2011-2012

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

Code 600 wins Goddard Safety Jeopardy!

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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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