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U.S. Patent Awarded for Detecting Hydroxyl

07/10/2020
Steven A. Bailey (550) and Thomas F. Hanisco (614) were awarded a patent for their method to detect OH (hydroxyl radicals) in an atmosphere. U.S. Patent Number: 10697890 is entitled “Apparatus and Method of Hydroxyl Detection” and was awarded on June 30, 2020. The patent came from their research on hydroxyl radiometers.

Dr. Joanna Joiner Named Recipient of 2020 William Nordberg Memorial Award for Earth Science

06/24/2020
We are thrilled to announce the selection of Dr. Joanna Joiner as the 2020 William Nordberg Memorial Award for Earth Science winner.

Dr. Joiner is being recognized for exceptional scientific breakthroughs and leadership in the remote sensing of clouds, trace gases, and photosynthesis.

Dr. Joiner serves as Deputy Project Scientist for the NASA EOS Aura satellite and is the lead for the U.S. OMI Science Team, managing the core team that provides critical support for OMI science team members and the wider user community. Together with her international co-Leads, Dr. Joiner accepted the 2018 USGS Pecora Award on behalf of the entire OMI Science Team.

Of particular note is Dr. Joiner’s innovative application of inelastic rotational Raman scattering (the Ring Effect) in UV remote sensing to derive trace-gas vertical profiles and to measure the Solar Induced Fluorescence (SIF) of chlorophyll as a means of estimating gross primary production (GPP) over land surfaces. These contributions, and insights that have produced additional improvements to SO2 retrieval, represent major advances in the field of UV remote sensing, having wide practical implications.

Dr. Joiner will be presented with the William Nordberg Memorial Award during a future Scientific Colloquium that will be scheduled once we are all back on Center.

Earth Matters Blog: The Race to Understand the Science of Coronavirus

05/05/2020
Ever since a new and deadly strain of coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) emerged in China and then spread around the world, the virus has upended life in many countries. Scientists at NASA and other institutions have hustled to track and make sense of our new reality with every tool and technique at their disposal, including satellite data.

Earth Day Countdown: T-13–Air Quality from Space

04/09/2020
On Feb. 18 a new era began in an international effort to improve air quality science and forecasting around the world . The first of three instruments in a pioneering new space-based constellation launched from French Guiana to make hourly daytime measurements of several air pollutants.

Earth Matters Blog: Nimbus-4–A Satellite Pioneer For Ozone Research

04/09/2020
When NASA launched the Nimbus-4 satellite 50 years ago, nobody knew the ozone layer over Antarctica was thinning. And nobody knew that chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs)—long-lived chemicals that had been used in refrigerators and aerosol sprays since the 1930s—were responsible.

Earth Day Countdown Blog: T-17–Chemistry in the Atmosphere

04/05/2020
Air pollution can appear as a gray or orange haze enveloping a city. What the naked eye can’t see are the hundreds of chemical reactions taking place to produce that pollution. NASA science can reveal a more complete picture of atmospheric chemistry.

Version 2 Aura Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) SO2 Product Release

04/01/2020
Available at GES DISC, the new product features several updates that significantly improve data quality over clouds, over background areas, and over snow/ice. The 15+ year OMI SO2 data record is the longest among the same type of sensors, and will continue to provide global monitoring of important anthropogenic and volcanic sources of SO2.

Earth Day Countdown Blog: T-22–Watching Levels of Sulfur Dioxide Pollution Drop

03/31/2020
Here’s a breath of fresh air: In the United States, levels of the toxic air pollutant sulfur dioxide have fallen by 90% since 1980, according to Environmental Protection Agency data from ground-based sensors.

Coronavirus Impacts Field Work

03/27/2020
Goddard Space Flight Center airborne campaigns are highlighted in a recent Capital Weather Gang article in The Washington Post. The article describes the novel coronavirus's impact on scientific research and field campaigns.

Earth Day Countdown Blog: T-32 -- Victory in the Ozone Layer

03/21/2020
Since the 1960s, scientists from NASA and NOAA, using a combination of satellite, aircraft and balloon measurements, have worked together to study the ozone layer, which acts like a sunscreen for Earth, blocking harmful ultraviolet rays emitted by the Sun.

Stauffer Interviewed by Capital Weather Gang

03/13/2020
Ryan Stauffer (614/UMD) was featured in The Washington Post Capital Weather Gang story on the thick smoke observed in the DC and Baltimore region on March 8, 2020. Smoke from a controlled burn near Quantico, Virginia, drifted into DC midday and into Baltimore by late evening Sunday, and led to particulate pollution and poor air quality at the surface.

Capital Weather Gang Interviews Ryan Stauffer

12/27/2019
Ryan Stauffer (UMD) was interviewed by The Washington Post Capital Weather Gang for a December 24 article on poor air quality in the Washington DC Region. Stagnant air from a persistent high pressure system led DC to exceed the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for fine particulate matter on both December 22 and 23.

Earth Expeditions Blog: A New Flame- Airborne Campaign the First to Sample Borneo Fire Smoke in Detail

09/16/2019
Read about the Cloud, Aerosol, and Monsoon Processes Philippines Experiment (CAMP2Ex) studying the impact of smoke from fires and pollution on clouds.

Earth Expeditions Blog: A Scavenger Hunt for Fire

08/23/2019
After nearly a month flying missions out of Boise, Idaho, to sample smoke from big wildfires in the western U.S., the Fire Influence on Regional to Global Environments and Air Quality, or FIREX-AQ, is pulling up stakes and moving to America’s heartland — Salina, Kansas, to be exact.

Earth Expeditions: Plumes Go the Distance

07/30/2019
From Alberta, Canada, to Michigan, USA. That’s how far the plumes of smoke traveled in a few short days, from July 21 to July 24. Smoke from wildfires has staying power.

Earth Expeditions: FIre Weather, Pyro Weather

07/29/2019
Each morning Amber Soja gets up at 5:00 a.m. to check the fire weather. She’s an associate scientist from the National Institute of Aerospace based at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia, one of the lead forecasters for FIREX-AQ with one of the most important jobs.

Earth Expeditions: A Visit to the National Interagency Fire Center

07/28/2019
The FIREX-AQ campaign is flying out of Boise, Idaho. The choice of location was no accident. Boise is also home to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), the nerve center of all major firefighting operations for the United States. Earlier this week, we took a tour.

Earth Expeditions: The Shady Fire, a Deviation From the Plan

07/27/2019
“It’s nice to have a flight plan to deviate from,” said DC-8 pilot Tim Vest at the debrief on Thursday night. It was just after 10 p.m. and the DC-8 had just returned from a 6-hour flight over a fire they weren’t planning on visiting.

Earth Expeditions Blog: Laying Down with Smoke in the Valley, an Unexpected Camping Trip

07/26/2019
We were ready to fly. We’d heard Tuesday evening that there were two seats open on the DC-8 for the communications team on Wednesday, but as often happens in the field, plans change.

Earth Expeditions Blog: Fires and Smoke with FIREX-AQ: Live from Idaho

07/25/2019
NASA, NOAA and university researchers are on an Earth expedition this summer studying fires and their smoke in the U.S. West. On July 23 from Boise, Idaho, the Fire Influence on Regional to Global Environments and Air Quality or FIREX-AQ, kicked off its study of fire smoke, what gases and tiny particulates are in it, and how they evolve and travel over the course of the fire’s lifespan and beyond.

Extreme Air Pollution from DC Fireworks

07/05/2019
Ryan Stauffer (614/USRA) was quoted by local media outlets, WTOP Radio and WJLA-ABC7 about the extreme particle pollution from the 4th of July fireworks in DC.

Poster Blowout 2019 is in the books!

02/27/2019
photo of people at the poster party

Photos from this year's Poster Blowout are available now. Congratulations to everyone, especially this year's winners!

Jethva Seen on India's NDTV

10/10/2018
Dr. Hiren Jethva took part in a panel discussion regarding this year's crop burning season over northern India on Trending @ 10 on NDTV (New Delhi Television) – a national-level news media in India.

Poster Blowout 2018

02/05/2018
Note from the Director:
I would like to thank the Director’s Science Committee for putting on an amazingly successful event where scientists and engineers across Goddard shared their work and made new contacts. The interdisciplinary interactions were especially exciting and crossed all four science disciplines.
Best,
Colleen


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Newman and NASA Goddard Receive United Nations' Highest Environmental Honor

12/06/2017


Paul Newman and NASA Goddard received the United Nations' highest environmental honor - the 'Champions of the Earth' award. The award was announced Dec. 5 during the UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya.

Newman and NASA Goddard received the award for their contributions to the Montreal Protocol, which resulted in a reduction of 99% of the substances which deplete the ozone layer, promoting its recovery.
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