Sciences and Exploration Directorate (600) Highlights

Science Highlights

July

Atmospheric Science Highlights

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  • – First Remote Sensing Observations of Convective Bursts in a Rapidly Intensifying Hurricane from the Global Hawk Platform
  • – Effects of DSCOVR Temporal Sampling Frequency Quantified with GEOS-5 Nature Run
  • – The first global, satellite based sulfur dioxide (SO2) emission inventory
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Press Releases & Feature Stories

NASA’s Next Planet Hunter Will Look Closer to Home

07.27.2016
As the search for life on distant planets heats up, NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is bringing this hunt closer to home.

Supercomputer Upgrades to Give Scientists Ability to Improve Forecasting

07.26.2016
A NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) Discover supercomputer upgrade will allow NASA Earth scientists to increase the resolution and capabilities of their models for more accurate predictions.

Cliff Creek and Lava Mountain Fires in Wyoming - July 26, 2016

07.26.2016
Cliff Fire and Lava Mountain fire in Wyoming continue to grow in July 2016.
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Presentations

What If and So What? Climate Change and Corn/Wheat/Rice/Soybeans (and a few words on Cities) [06/22/2016]

07.13.2016
NASA climate scientist Cynthia Rosenzweig presented a Maniac lecture entitled, "What If and So What? Climate Change and Corn/Wheat/Rice/Soybeans (and a few words on Cities)." Cynthia narrated how her background as agronomist set her on a path to investigate how a change in climate due to increased carbon dioxide would impact food security and how NASA missions and models have been valuable at every step of the way. Cynthia also touched briefly on climate change and cities.

Presented by: Dr. Cynthia Rosenzweig
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June 2016 Overview by the Director

06.08.2016
Overview of the SED by Colleen Hartman, Code 600 Director. The document outlines: 1) Who we are, 2) what we do, 3) how we do it, and 4) why we do it.
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The Seventh Cycle—What I Needed to Know and Learned from the Secrets of the Japanese Garden [05/25/2016]

06.07.2016
Dr. Richard "Dick" Fisher, Director Heliophysics Division (Emeritus), NASA Headquarters, presented a Maniac Talk entitled, "The Seventh Cycle -- What I Needed to Know and Learned from the Secrets of the Japanese Garden." As in the case of learning how to perform in any specialized context, Dick found there were a number of issues he was neither taught nor learned from life experience. Using his own journey, Dick summarized a few of the more useful, to identify and make available things and ideas that helped him with his time with NASA.

Presented by: Dr. Richard Fisher
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Reports

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

05.16.2016
AfriSAR: NASA Science mission measures changes in the Gabon environment
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ASD Annual Report 2014

Astrophysics Science Division Annual Report (2014)

08.20.2015
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

Goddard Scientists Named Fellows of the American Geophysical Union

07/27/2016
Four Goddard scientists were named 2016 fellows of the American Geophysical Union in recognition of their contributions to Earth and space sciences. Claire Parkinson, a senior scientist in Goddard’s Earth Sciences Division; Nat Gopalswamy in the Solar Physics Laboratory; Brent Holben in the Biospheric Sciences Laboratory; and Paul Mahaffy, director of Goddard’s Solar System Exploration Division, were among the 60 new fellows elected this year. The American Geophysical Union established its Fellows Program in 1962, and only 0.1% of the organization’s membership receives this recognition in any given year. The new fellows will be honored in a December 14 ceremony during the American Geophysical Union’s fall 2016 meeting in San Francisco.

Piers Sellers selected for William Nordberg Memorial Award for Earth Science

07/01/2016
Dr. Piers Sellers has been selected as the recipient for the William Nordberg Memorial Award for Earth Science. The award is presented in memory of Dr. Nordberg’s many pioneering accomplishments in the use of space technology in understanding the Earth system. Each year the award is presented to a Goddard civil service employee who best exhibits those qualities of broad scientific perspective, enthusiastic programmatic and technical leadership on the national and international levels, wide recognition by peers, and substantial research accomplishments in understanding Earth system processes, which exemplified Dr. Nordberg’s own career. Congratulations Piers!

Code 600 Overview by the Director (June 2016)

06/08/2016
Overview of the SED by Colleen Hartman, Code 600 Director. The document outlines: 1) Who we are, 2) what we do, 3) how we do it, and 4) why we do it.
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Images

Colorful and Plankton-Full Patagonian Waters

12/16/2014
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

11/10/2014
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

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.
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