Sciences and Exploration Directorate (600) Highlights

Science Highlights

September

Atmospheric Science Highlights

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  • – A-Train Simulator Reveals Detailed Performance of NU-WRF
  • – Biomass burning aerosol affects pre-monsoon climate in SE Asia
  • – Impact of satellite viewing-swath width on global and regional aerosol optical thickness statistics and trends
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Press Releases & Feature Stories

Hurricane Gonzalo

10.17.2014
The most potent storm of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season tracked from the edge of the Caribbean to Bermuda, with potential impacts expected as far as Nova Scotia and the United Kingdom.

NASA Begins Sixth Year of Airborne Antarctic Ice Change Study

10.16.2014
NASA is carrying out its sixth consecutive year of Operation IceBridge research flights over Antarctica to study changes in the continent’s ice sheet, glaciers and sea ice.

Dust over the Arabian Sea

10.16.2014
October is a month of transition for weather patterns over the Arabian Sea. In the summer, winds blow from the sea toward land. In the winter, the winds reverse and push out over the Arabian Sea.
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Presentations

From Picking Potatoes to Measuring the Biggest Bangs in the Solar System -- Always a Farm Boy! [09/24/2014]

10.01.2014
NASA Solar Physicist Dr. Brian Dennis presented a Maniac Talk entitled "From Picking Potatoes to Measuring the Biggest Bangs in the Solar System -- Always a Farm Boy!" Brian described his formative years in England, then summarized our present understanding of how solar flares work and reviewed possible advances in instrumentation that could lead to major breakthroughs in the future.

Presented by: Dr. Brian Dennis

Maxwell Demon, Black Swan and a Romp in Scientific Hinterlands [08/27/2014]

09.08.2014
NASA climate scientist Dr. P.K. Bhartia presented a Maniac Talk entitled "Maxwell Demon, Black Swan and a Romp in Scientific Hinterlands." PK discussed his roller coaster career, which got nearly derailed after a brief tryst with history and his obsession for understanding esoteric details of measurements that once in a while leads to something interesting.

Presented by: Dr. Pawan Bhartia

An Unlikely, but Rewarding Journey—From Quantum Chemistry to Earth Science Research Program Leadership [07/23/2014]

08.22.2014
Dr. Jack Kaye, Associate Director for Research at NASA Headquarters presented a Maniac Talk entitled, "An Unlikely but Rewarding Journey--From Quantum Chemistry to Earth Science Research Program Leadership." Jack took stock of his 30+ years at NASA, noting the people, opportunities, lessons learned, and choices that helped him get to where he is today and accomplish what he have.

Presented by: Dr. Jack Kaye
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Reports

ASD Annual Report 2013

Astrophysics Science Division Annual Report (2013)

06.30.2014
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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Still from Paint by Particle simulation of the atmosphere that captured how winds move aerosols around the world

GMAO Annual Report & Research Highlights 2011-2012

08.01.2012
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.
Download GMAO_2011-2012Highlights.pdf
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Local News

NASA Goddard scientists mentioned in World's Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014

07/01/2014
Nine Goddard researchers are listed in the recently released report: The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014. Publications by these and other Goddard researchers can be found in the Goddard Authors & Publications collection.

Bruce Woodgate Passes

04/28/2014
Dr. Bruce Woodgate passed away April 28, 2014 after suffering several strokes. Bruce has a remarkable career, spanning nearly 40 years as a civil servant at Goddard. Bruce was also a mentor to legions of students and young scientists. He retired recently and was still working on UV detectors as an Emeritus scientist. He had very broad interests, in subjects ranging from earth science to stellar atmospheres to exoplanets to large scale structure in the universe. Bruce was probably best known as the PI for the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) for the Hubble Space Telescope. In this capacity he led the design and development of the instrument, including preparation of flight-worthy large-format CCDs and Multi Anode Multi Array (MAMA) detectors that dramatically advanced the state of the art over the previous HST spectrographs.
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Images

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.

Roiling Flows on Holuhraun Lava Field (Iceland)

09/11/2014
Iceland's Holuhraun lava field offers spectacular views from the ground and from low-flying aircraft, and infrared imaging makes the view from space spectacular, too.

Acid Lake in Java

09/12/2014
The turquoise lake in the crater of the Kawah Ijen volcano looks serene and inviting. It also happens to be the world's largest acidic lake.
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