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Explosive Fire Activity in Australia

Fires are burning so fiercely that they are lofting smoke to unusual heights.

NASA Animates World Path of Smoke and Aerosols from Australian Fires

A fleet of NASA satellites working together has been analyzing the aerosols and smoke from the massive fires burning in Australia.

NASA Highlights Solar Mission, Jupiter Cyclone at AGU Meeting

NASA researchers will present new findings on a wide range of Earth and space science topics at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), Dec. 9-13 in San Francisco.

NASA to Showcase Science and Engineering Achievements at Annual Supercomputing Conference

From surveying life on Earth to exploring the far reaches of space, researchers from across NASA and university and industry partners will highlight their latest findings, made possible by the agency’s supercomputers, at SC19—the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, Nov. 18 to 22 in Denver, CO.

Haze Smothers Northern India

Levels of air pollution have reached hazardous levels in some areas.

2019 Ozone Hole is the Smallest on Record Since Its Discovery

Abnormal weather patterns in the upper atmosphere over Antarctica dramatically limited ozone depletion in September and October, resulting in the smallest ozone hole observed since 1982, NASA and NOAA scientists reported today.

Colin Seftor - Atmospheric Scientist With the Alter Ego of The Tasmanian Devil

Colin Seftor, Atmospheric Scientist, helps to keep track of the earths ozone while his alter ego, the Tasmanian Devil keeps the intensity high.

2019 Ozone Hole is the Smallest on Record

Abnormal weather patterns in the upper atmosphere over Antarctica dramatically limited ozone depletion.

Smoke Blankets Borneo

Fires burning in peat deposits in Indonesia release gases and particles that have consequences for public health and the climate.

NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP Tracks Fire and Smoke from Two Continents

On Sept. 13, 2019, data from NASA/NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite's OMPS instrument revealed aerosols and smoke from fires over both South America and North America.

Philippine Airborne Campaign Targets Weather, Climate Science

NASA's P-3 science aircraft soared above the Manila skyline on Monday to begin a nearly two-month-long investigation into how smoke from fires changes clouds, a key factor in improving weather and climate forecasts.

Sampling the Castle Fire

Researchers are flying through wildfire smoke to learn about the molecules lingering inside its plume.

Flying through a Fire Cloud

A rare flight through a thunderstorm triggered by a wildfire has atmospheric scientists buzzing.

NASA Team Builds CubeSat-Compatible Aerosol-Detecting Instrument

A NASA team has built a miniaturized instrument that will measure more comprehensively than existing instruments the specks of naturally occurring and manmade matter in the air that can adversely affect human health and the climate.

Siberian Smoke Reaches U.S., Canada

The smoke from the fires in Siberia that were highlighted in the fire and smoke update from July 30, 2019 has spread into Alaska and parts of the west coast of Canada.

Siberian Smoke Heading Towards U.S. and Canada

Fires in the Siberian area of Russia are usually quite severe by this time of year and 2019 is no exception.

Tracking Smoke From Fires to Improve Air Quality Forecasting

NASA and NOAA kicked off a months-long airborne investigation into the life cycles of smoke from fires in the United States for improved forecasting and for better understanding their impact on weather and climate.

Smoke from Canadian Fires Drifts Into United States

Canada has been battling a very active and destructive fire season on multiple fronts this year.

Jin Liao - Atmospheric Scientist Helping Combat Pollution in China

Jin Liao is an atmospheric scientist who hopes to help combat pollution in China.

NASA-Supported Monitoring Network Assesses Ozone Layer Threats

Locating and identifying an increase in CFC-11 was possible in part because of a NASA-supported monitoring network for atmospheric gases that has been in place since 1978.

Dust Storm in Hokkaido

Plumes of dried soil streamed from a rural area in the northern part of the Japanese island.

Dust Swirls over Asia

In May 2019, dust from the Taklamakan and Gobi deserts swirled high into the atmosphere as a spring storm passed through China and Mongolia.

Ozone Monitoring Instrument Team Spots “Fingerprints” on Earth’s Atmosphere

NASA FEATURE – DraftOzone Monitoring Instrument Team Spots “Fingerprints” on Earth’s AtmosphereThe Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) aboard NASA’s Aura satellite specializes in finding “fingerprints” — signatures of gases and particles that clutter the atmosphere.

NASA Instrument to More Accurately Measure Ozone Discovered by “Accident”

NASA research scientist Tom Hanisco set out to build an instrument capable of measuring a short-lived chemical that cleanses the atmosphere of methane — a potent greenhouse gas — but found instead that his discovery outshined the best commercial instruments at measuring ambient levels of ozone.

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center Celebrates 60 Years

On May 1, 1959, the Beltsville Space Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, was renamed NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in honor of Robert H. Goddard, widely considered the father of modern rocketry. Thus began a 60-year boom in science and technological innovation.
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