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Science Highlights


Atmospheric Science Highlights

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  • – A First Look at X-BADGER data from the Plains Elevated Convection At Night (PECAN) field campaign
  • – DSCOVR[ing] EPIC’s Utility for Cloud Retrievals
  • – Suomi NPP satellite observes Alaska’s Pavlof volcanic cloud
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Press Releases & Feature Stories

NASA Hurricane Resources Available for 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season

NASA has a variety of resources for reporters covering 2016's Atlantic Ocean and Eastern and Central Pacific hurricane seasons.

Roanu (was 91B/01B) - Northern Indian Ocean

On May 21 at 11 a.m. EDT (1500 UTC) the Joint Typhoon Warning Center issued their final warning on Tropical Cyclone Roanu as it made landfall near Chittagong, Bangladesh..

Wildfires in Eastern Russia

Several wildfires are burning in eastern Russia and NASA's Terra satellite captured an image of the hotspots and smoke.
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From Ballia to Boston: A Village Boy Goes to MIT and Goddard [05/02/2016]

This is the story of a boy who was born in a small village in the Ballia District of India, walked barefoot while grazing cattle, learned Sanskrit and Math under a kerosene lamp, used bullock carts and elephants for transportation, and somehow ended up at MIT and Goddard. The lecture will also include a personal retrospective of the origins of the idea of predictability in the midst of chaos, and the evolution from Numerical Weather Prediction to Numerical Climate Prediction.

Presented by: Dr. Jagadish Shukla

From Malaysia to Mars [04/13/2016]

NASA Engineer Florence Tan presented a Maniac Lecture entitled, "From Malaysia to Mars." Florence talked about her journey from Malaysia to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, where she has been working on planetary mass spectrometers, which is characterized by challenges, frustration, excitement, and rewards.

Presented by: Florence Tan

Journey from Chemistry to (who would have thought it) Meteorology [02/17/2016]

NASA climate scientist Joel Susskind presented a Maniac Lecture entitled, "Journey from Chemistry to (who would have thought it) Meteorology." Joel described the twists and turns of his professional career, starting as a young child who loved to mix household chemicals together and wanted to become a chemist, and continuing through present as a career Civil Servant of 38 years at GSFC doing meteorological research.

Presented by: Dr. Joel Susskind
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Photo of AfriSAR team members Sassan Saatchi and Laura Duncanson taking measurements of trees in the rainforest in the Mondah National Park, Gabon, Africa

Images of AfriSAR

AfriSAR: NASA Science mission measures changes in the Gabon environment
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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

Piers Sellers In Greenland

Piers Sellers' recent trip to Thule, Greenland, is featured in The New Yorker.

Piers Sellers' CNN interview

Dr. Piers Sellers appeared as a special guest on CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" for a segment about climate change. You can see the interview at this CNN link.
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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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