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Frozen Lake Erie

Frozen Lake Erie: The intense cold snap that gripped much of central Canada and the United States in early January 2014 brought thick and widespread ice to the Great Lakes.

Press Releases & Feature Stories

Goddard Scientist Receives Vega Medal From King of Sweden

Climate scientist Compton Tucker received a Vega Medal from Carl XVI Gustaf, the king of Sweden on April 14, 2014.

Anne Douglass - Thinks Like a Scientist

When faced with a complex problem, Aura project scientist and co-lead for the Chemistry Climate Model Anne Douglass instructs herself to think like a scientist.

Cruising for Ocean Data

You might think Earth-observing satellites have clear and precise vision right off the launch pad. The reality is more complicated...

Expanding Jakobshavn Coverage

Operation IceBridge continued its 2014 Arctic campaign with a survey of the rapidly changing Jakobshavn Glacier and a survey that included a pass over the National Science Foundation's Summit Station.

NASA's TRMM Satellite Sees Severe Weather in U.S. South

The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite flew over the southeastern United States on April 7, 2014 when a line of intense thunderstorms was moving through the area.
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Division News

New 610 Goddard Senior Fellows

Congratulations to Dr. Paul Newman and Dr. Anne Thompson on their selection for the newest class of Goddard Senior Fellows. The Goddard Senior Fellows Program recognizes the center’s most distinguished employees for their accomplishments and contributions to NASA programs. Appointed by the Center Director, Senior Fellows serve for five years, with possible renewal for additional terms at the discretion of the Center Director so long as they remain civil service employees.

Dr. Jim Tucker Awarded Vega Medal

Congratulations to Dr. Jim Tucker of the Earth Sciences Division. He is the recipient of the 2014 Vega Medal, an award given every three years by the Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography. The society created the Vega Medal in 1881 on the occasion of Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld's return to Stockholm, after he had discovered the North East Passage. Since then, the Vega Medal has been awarded to a physical geographer roughly every three years. This award is given by the King of Sweden on 24 April, the anniversary of Nordenskiöld's return to Stockholm.

Bhartia wins 2014 AMS Remote Sensing Prize

Congratulations to Dr. P.K. Bhartia for being recognized with the prestigious 2014 American Meteorological Society (AMS) Remote Sensing Prize. The AMS gives this award biannually to recognize individuals for advances in the science and technology of remote sensing, and its application to knowledge of the earth oceans, and atmosphere, and/or to the benefit of society.
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Arctic-Boreal Zone Workshop 2012

image of globe with ABZ outlined with atmospheric sampling sites, field sites, airborne concentration and flux sampling, and possible ABoVE Domain indicated

A small workshop was held at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, May 22-24, 2012, to assess the predictive capability of Earth System Models in the Arctic-Boreal Zone (ABZ), prioritize the critical science questions, and make recommendations regarding new field experiments needed to improve model subcomponents in the ABZ. The workshop report and related materials are available here.


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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