Sciences and Exploration Directorate (600) Highlights

Science Highlights


Atmospheric Science Highlights

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  • – Validation of Nonspherical Ice Particle Models for Precipitation Remote Sensing
  • – Diurnal Cycle and Evolution of Tracked Cold Cloud Clusters
  • – NASA Satellites Track Air Pollution from Sulfur Fires in Iraq

Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences Highlights

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  • – Reduced uncertainty of 30m North American Boreal Forest Cover
  • – Much of Greenland’s ice discharge is immune to dynamic effects of refreezing
  • – Landslides and Precipitation for Hurricane Matthew: Status from 10-4-2016
  • – Detecting Recent Southeast Asia Flooding in Near Real Time from MODIS
  • – Cloud motion in the GOCI/COMS ocean color data
  • – Improving Landsat-8 Aquatic Science Products
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Press Releases & Feature Stories

Fleeting Fog in India

NASA’s Terra satellite captured images of curious structures among the familiar cloud cover over northern India, just south of the Himalayas.

Hundreds of Fires Light Up Central Africa

The VIIRS (Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite) instrument on the Suomi NPP satellite collected this natural-color image which detected hundreds of fires burning in Central Africa.


On Monday, Dec. 12, at 8:19 a.m. EST, NASA’s Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) spacecraft will launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
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An Uncharted Journey: How I Became an Atmospheric Scientist Rather than a Cowboy or a Farmer [11/16/2016]

NASA climate scientist Dr. Michael Kurylo presented a Maniac lecture entitled, "An Uncharted Journey: How I Became an Atmospheric Scientist Rather than a Cowboy or a Farmer." Mike described the path that took him from post-WW II housing projects to and through a rural Connecticut neighborhood, how he became convinced about the unrealistic nature of some early naive career dreams, and how he eventually arrived at a career in atmospheric science (research and program management, and their interface with international environmental policy).

Presented by: Dr. Michael Kurylo

What's Eating Ozone? - The Solar System's Missing Ozone (O3) Ice [10/21/2016]

A presentation by Mark Loeffler about the missing frozen ozone of the outer Solar System. Given at the 2016 AAS-DPS meeting.
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Three-Carbon Planetary Chemistry [10/21/2016]

AAS-DPS presentation by R. L. Hudson (October 2016)
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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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Local News

Jim Garvin – Catalyzing the Engineering of Science

SED Senior Scientist Jim Garvin was featured in a NASA/Goddard Q-and-A feature.

Colleen Hartman and Holly Gilbert win Women In Aerospace awards

photo of  Holly Gilbert and Colleen Hartman with Administrator Bolden
Recently, Colleen Hartman won a Leadership Award and Holly Gilbert won an Aerospace Awareness Award from WIA (Women in Aerospace). The awards were presented on Oct. 13, 2016. See the image gallery of the event.

Dr. Sellers continues to share the amazing Earth science analysis done by NASA

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Left to right: Ban Ki-Moon, John Kerry, Leonardo DiCaprio, Piers Sellers, and Fisher Stevens attend a special screening of "Before the Flood" at United Nations Headquarters in New York City on October 20, 2016.
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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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