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GPM Launches

GPM Launches: The Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory, a joint Earth-observing mission between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), thundered into space at 1:37 p.m. EST 2/27.

Press Releases & Feature Stories

IceBridge Mission Update: Snowy Start to Southwest

04.18.2014
Now in its sixth week, NASA's Operation IceBridge continued research on Arctic ice with two more flights out of Kangerlussuaq, Greenland.

Arctic Sea Ice Maximum 2014

04.18.2014
Arctic sea ice reached its annual maximum on March 21, 2014. And while the year was not extraordinary—the fifth lowest extent in 36 years of satellite records—the trend continues to be.
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NASA Celebrates Earth Day with Public Events, Online Activities

04.18.2014
NASA will celebrate the 44th anniversary of Earth Day with a variety activities April 21-27 to engage the public in the agency’s mission to better understand and protect our home planet.

Researchers Find 3-Million-Year-Old Landscape Beneath Greenland Ice Sheet

04.18.2014
A team of university scientists and a NASA colleague were greatly surprised to discover an ancient tundra landscape preserved under the Greenland Ice Sheet, below two miles of ice.

Mission Update: Operation Ice Bridge: Weather Plays a Role

04.16.2014
Researchers with NASA's Operation IceBridge continued their work with more surveys of Greenland's ice sheet and glaciers.
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Division News

New 610 Goddard Senior Fellows

01.07.2014
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

11.22.2013
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

10.17.2013
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.


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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