Sciences and Exploration Directorate (600) Highlights

Science Highlights


Atmospheric Science Highlights

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  • – Tropical Convection and Microphysics Equilibrium
  • – The Missing Tropical Arm of Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation

Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences Highlights

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  • – Deepening Observed Since the 1950s in Mid-Depth Ocean Isopycnals Due to Global Warming
  • – Assessing EO-1 and Landsat instrument capabilities for mapping Great Lakes ice
  • – 30 Years of Change to the Antarctic Peninsula from Landsat (1986-2016)
  • – Arctic Sea Ice Maximum and Minimum Extent 1979-2016
  • – Physical Controls on the Distribution of Colored Dissolved Organic Matter in the Southern Ocean
  • – Value of Available Global Soil Moisture Products for Agricultural Monitoring and Yield Prediction
  • – Goddard Laser for Absolute Measurement of Radiance (GLAMR)
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Press Releases & Feature Stories

Expanding Tropics Pushing High Altitude Clouds Towards Poles

A new NASA analysis of 30-years of satellite data suggests that a previously observed trend of high altitude clouds in the mid-latitudes shifting toward the poles is caused primarily by the expansion

Wildfire Spreads in Fort McMurray

On May 4, 2016, the the Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+) on the Landsat 7 satellite acquired this false-color image of the wildfire that burned through Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada.

Now 40, NASA's LAGEOS Set the Bar for Studies of Earth

Still going strong after 40 years, LAGEOS was NASA's first orbiter dedicated to satellite laser ranging. The satellite transformed studies of Earth’s shape, rotation and gravity field.
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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

The Stories Data Tell [02/01/2016]

NASA climate scientist Ralph Kahn presented a Maniac lecture entitled, "The Stories Data Tell." At an early age, Ralph found that separating causality from coincidence can be the lynchpin of understanding, and at times can help identify prerogatives or highlight the path toward the better options. Ralph shared his experiences, professional, personal, and at the intersection of the two, where the difference seemed to matter. And how data can help address this challenge, providing evidence one way or the other - sometimes!

Presented by: Dr. Ralph Kahn

Defying Gravity and Overcoming Inertia: a Systems Perspective [12/02/2015]

NASA Chief Technologist David Miller presented a Maniac lecture entitled "Defying Gravity and Overcoming Inertia: a Systems Perspective." Dave shared his journey from MIT to the Air Force to NASA, from teaching to research to service, defying gravity, and overcoming inertia to do so, which has been his lifelong goal.

Presented by: Dr. David Miller
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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' 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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