Sciences and Exploration Directorate (600) Highlights

Science Highlights


Atmospheric Science Highlights

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  • – Evaluation of the New Version of the Laser-Optical Disdrometer, OTT PARSIVEL 2
  • – The CHIMAERA System for Universal Cloud Retrievals
  • – Ozone Depletion by Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)

Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences Highlights

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  • – Can Satellite Rainfall Help Us To Estimate Long-Term Flood Risks?
  • – Design and Development of VHF (240-270 MHz) Antennas for SoOp (Signal of Opportunity) Receiver for 6U CubeSat Platforms
  • – First Demonstration of the Use of Satellite Fluorescence in a Carbon Cycle Model and Evaluation Using Space Based Measurements of Atmospheric CO2
  • – Unique Fluorescence & Thermal Imagery Reveal Photosynthetic Function
  • – Climate Data Initiative Releases Arctic Data and Tools
  • – Inter-comparison of Landsat Albedo Retrieval Techniques and Evaluation against In Situ Measurements Across the US SURFRAD Network
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Press Releases & Feature Stories

NASA/USGS Mission Helps Answer: What Is a Forest?

Examining eight different satellite-derived maps of global forest cover, a team of scientists from NASA and other institutions noticed striking differences.

NASA IMERG Measures Historic Rainfall from a Nor'easter and Joaquin

NASA's IMERG data were used to estimate the historic amount of rain that fell in the Carolinas and from Hurricane Joaquin over the Bahamas.

8C (Central Pacific)

Tropical Depression 8C formed southwest of Hawaii on October 3 and by October 4 it was a post-tropical cyclone.
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Servicing and NASA [08/28/2015]

Frank Cepollina, 2003 National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductee, presented a Maniac lecture entitled "Servicing and NASA." Frank gave a rundown of his career in servicing spacecraft going back to 1970 and talked about the future of servicing and scientific missions working together in the future.

Presented by: Mr. Frank Cepollina

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

Lately it occurs to me, what a long, strange trip it's been: one technocrat's unguided tour through oceanography [05/27/2015]

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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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

Steven Snowden wins John C. Lindsay Award

Congratulations to Steven Snowden who has been selected this year's John C. Lindsay Award winner. The citation will read “For developing the first physically coherent picture of the Local Hot Bubble." This is an incredibly important discovery, solving the origin of the cosmic soft x-ray background after many years of observations and modeling. Steve’s search for answers has relied on multi-wavelength studies spanning the spectrum from the radio to the X-ray as well as on interdisciplinary studies combining astrophysics, heliophysics, and planetary science. He even included results from the Voyager spacecraft as it left the solar system. A recent breakthrough, based on additional information from a sounding rocket experiment, allowed the final pieces of this puzzle to be convincingly put together. The award ceremony and lecture are schedule for Wednesday October 7th as part of the Scientific Colloquium.

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.
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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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