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Rising Temperatures: A Month Versus a Decade

10.23.2014
April to September 2014 was the hottest spring and summer in 130 years of recordkeeping. Here’s why that matters, and why it doesn’t.

‘Pulse of Our Planet’: Watching Earth’s Vital Signs

10.23.2014
On Sept. 10, “Vital Signs: Pulse of Our Planet” premiered at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, showcasing some of NASA’s most exciting Earth observations of our dynamic planet.

1934 Had Worst Drought of Last Thousand Years

10.14.2014
A new NASA study has found that the drought of 1934 was North America's driest and most widespread of the last millennium.

NASA Kicks Off Field Campaign to Probe Ocean Ecology, Carbon Cycle

07.17.2014
NASA embarks this week on a coordinated ship and aircraft observation campaign off the Atlantic coast, an effort to advance space-based capabilities for monitoring microscopic plants...

Beakers and Blankets: Readying for SABOR’s Ocean Voyage

07.16.2014
Scientists with NASA’s Ship-Aircraft Bio-Optical Research (SABOR) experiment will make observations from ship and aircraft off the U.S. Atlantic Coast to advance future technologies.
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GISS Scientists Choose Best Paper of 2013

06.30.2014
Scientists at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies recently voted "The role of long-lived greenhouse gases as principal LW control knob that governs the global surface temperature for past and future climate change" by Andrew Lacis, James Hansen, Gary Russell, Valdar Oinas and Jeffery Jonas as the top work among over 150 research publications by institute staff published in 2013. The paper appeared in the journal Tellus B in September. Runners-up included "Historical and future black carbon deposition on the three ice caps: Ice-core measurements and model simulations from 1850 to 2100" by Susanne Bauer et al. and "Natural air-sea flux of CO2 in simulations of the NASA-GISS climate model: Sensitivity to the physical ocean model formulation" by Anastasia Romanou et al.
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Overview

Research at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies emphasizes a broad study of Global Change, the natural and anthropogenic changes in our environment that affect the habitability of our planet. These effects may occur on greatly differing time scales, from one-time forcings such as volcanic explosions, to seasonal/annual effects such as El Niño, and on up to the millennia of ice ages.

The Institute's research combines analysis of comprehensive global datasets, derived mainly from spacecraft observations, with global models of atmospheric, land surface, and oceanic processes. Study of past climate change on Earth and of other planetary atmospheres provides an additional tool in assessing our general understanding of the atmosphere and its evolution.

GISS is located at Columbia University in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of New York City. You can learn more about the institute at the GISS website.

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