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OCO-2 Lifts Off

OCO-2 Lifts Off: On the foggy morning of July 2, 2014, a Delta II rocket carrying NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) roared off the launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Press Releases & Feature Stories

21W (Northwest Pacific)

11.26.2014
The TRMM satellite provided rainfall data as Tropical Depression 21W was making landfall in the southern Philippines on Nov. 26.

Demise of a Phytoplankton Bloom

11.26.2014
Phytoplankton can explode into blooms large enough to be visible from space. But what factors lead to the demise of these floating microscopic organisms? Sometimes viruses are to blame.

Shrinking Lake Ebinur

11.25.2014
In 2014, the eastern lobe of the Aral Sea dried up, bringing attention to the human impact on the Central Asian landscape. But the Aral Sea isn’t the only lake in the region that is losing water.

NASA Satellite Views Active Shiveluch Volcano

11.25.2014
Shiveluch Volcano remained very active into November 2014, with a slowly growing lava dome accompanied by frequent ash emissions and rockfalls.

Satellite Views Early Thanksgiving Travel Trouble Areas in U.S.

11.25.2014
As the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday approaches this Thursday, November 27, NOAA's GOES-East and GOES-West satellites are keeping a weather eye out for storms that may affect early travelers.
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Division News

Earth Matters Blog: Earth's Disappearing Groundwater

11.05.2014
With drought afflicting several parts of the world, and with aggressive use of groundwater in many agricultural regions, this precious water resource is under serious strain, warns NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory hydrologist James Famiglietti.

Operation IceBridge: Antarctic 2014

10.27.2014
Nathan Kurtz, Sea Ice Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, blogs from the Operation IceBridge 2014 Antarctic campaign.

Dr. Miguel Román Selected as Finalist for 'Call to Service Medal'

06.30.2014
Congratulations to Dr. Miguel Roman for his selection as a finalist for the Call to Service Medal in the 2014 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals. This medal recognizes a federal employee whose professional achievements reflect the important contributions that a new generation brings to public service. Winners will be announced on Sept. 22 at a Washington, D.C. dinner.
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Overview

The Earth Sciences Division at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center plans, organizes, evaluates, and implements a broad program of research on our planet's natural systems and processes. Major focus areas include climate change, severe weather, the atmosphere, the oceans, sea ice and glaciers, and the land surface.

To study the planet from the unique perspective of space, the Earth Science Division develops and operates remote-sensing satellites and instruments. We analyze observational data from these spacecraft and make it available to the world's scientists. Our Education and Public Outreach efforts raise public awareness of the the Division's research and its benefits to society.

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