Earth Sciences Division (610) Highlights
Press Releases & Feature Stories
- NASA's Operation IceBridge gave three teachers—one each from the United States, Greenland and Denmark—an inside view of research by hosting a field research experience during the 2013 Arctic campaign.
- A new feature of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission will help ensure scientists get a cloud-free view of Earth from space.
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- On May 20, 2013, a supercell thunderstorm in central Oklahoma spawned a destructive tornado that passed just south of Oklahoma City.
NASA climate scientist Dr. Anne Douglass presented a Maniac Talk entitled "Satellite Observations - the Touchstone of Atmospheric Modeling." Anne shared some of her scientific career that is filled with unexpected twists and turns and even a few blind alleys, but most important her passion in satellite measurements of ozone and other trace gases, which have been her touchstone.
NASA climate scientist Dr. Gail Skofronick Jackson presented a Maniac Talk entitled "Falling Snow Detective." Gail talked about her experiences growing up with hurricanes in Florida and how that shaped her excitement in the science of detecting falling snow from space. Using paper snowflakes and audience help, she explained why snow is important on Earth and why scientists love and hate snow.
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Dr. Robert Cahalan gave an interesting and stimulating talk entitled ‘Angel Hair, Ice Cream Castles, Dripping Faucets & Euler Fractals’. He combined anecdotes from his life and career with insights into the world around us from symmetry, fractals, and chaotic systems.
Presented by: Dr. Robert Cahalan
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.
During 2010-2011, the Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO) achieved significant advances in GEOS-5 based systems, preparing for updated products for both weather and climate applications.
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Ozone Poster Wins International Design Award
Congratulations to Ginger Butcher, Edward Celarier, and Eric Nash for their work on the poster, "The Ozone Hole: Over 30 Years of NASA Observations” that won a 2013 Communicator Award for Excellence in Print and Design announced by the International Academy of the Visual Arts. With over 6000 entries received in 2013 from the US and around the world, the Communicator Awards is the largest and most competitive awards program honoring the creative excellence for communications professionals. The poster employs stunning infographic format to highlight NASA's ozone hole observations between 1979 to 2012 from a variety of NASA missions including Aura and Suomi NPP.
An article entitled, "Tracking the long-distance travels of dust: Scientists find huge plume from overseas, eye climate effect" featuring interviews with Hongbin Yu (UMCP-ESSIC/613), Lorraine Remer (UMBC), and Tianle Yuan (UMBC-JCET/613) appeared in The Baltimore Sun, April 12 online edition.
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Douglass Selected for Nordberg Prize
Anne Douglass has been selected as the recipient for the 2013 William Nordberg Memorial Award for Earth Science. The Nordberg Award is GSFC's highest award in the area of Earth science. The prize is for Anne's many years of leadership of satellite missions studying atmospheric composition, and her pioneering work in using measurements to test models
- Cyclone Rusty's heavy rains created sediment filled rivers and tributaries that flowed northwest into the Southern Indian Ocean.
- Springtime has brought a substantial and long-lasting bloom of phytoplankton in the Bay of Biscay, off the western coast of France.
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- This photograph taken by an astronaut on the International Space Station shows water of different colors within sub-basins of the Laguna (lake) Verde in the high Andes of northwest Argentina.