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NASA HAQAST Annual Summary of Artificial Light At Night from VIIRS/S-NPP at CONUS County and Census Tract Version 1 Product Released to Public

The Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC) released the NASA Health and Air Quality Applied Sciences Team (HAQAST) Annual Summary of Artificial Light At Night (ALAN) at CONUS County and Census Tract, Version 1 Product, from the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) onboard the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (S-NPP) satellite.

HAQAST Mission Pages Published

Mission Pages for each of the current projects under the HAQAST program were published by the GES DISC. Links to the individual project Mission Pages are on the main HAQAST mission page

Norwood Farewell Tribute

Laura Rocchio (618/SSAI) wrote and posted a farewell tribute to Virginia T. Norwood (aka “The Mother of Landsat”) and timed a tweet release pointing to the tribute in coordination with MIT to announce her death. As of April 13, 2023, The Washington Post, The New York Times, NPR, and ABC-affiliate stations have all published obituaries for Norwood that rely heavily on Rocchio’s 2020 Norwood article for background information and a 2022 Norwood video created as a collaboration of the NASA Goddard Office of Communication and Landsat Outreach team, including Rocchio, Ginger Butcher (618/SSAI), and Ross Walter (618/SSAI).

HAQAST Nitrogen Dioxide Surface-Level Annual Average Concentrations Data Released to Public

The Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC) announced the release of a global surface-level NO2 dataset, estimating concentrations in grid cells at a 1 km spatial resolution for the years 1990, 1995, 2000, and 2005-2020. This dataset is from the Health & Air Quality Applied Sciences Team, HAQAST. Air quality, environmental science, and public health researchers may benefit from these global estimates, which are particularly useful for studying long-term trends in NO2 and the associated health impacts, and are also valuable for environmental justice, as this dataset enables an assessment of intraurban NO2 variations.

Terra, Aqua, and Aura Data Continuity Workshop Dates Announced and Questions and Answers Posted

NASA’s Terra, Aqua, and Aura Data Continuity Workshop will be held virtually on May 23-25, 2023. Sessions will run daily from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time/10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Central Time/8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time. The NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES) has posted a questions and answers document on the Request for Information’s (RFI) Landing Page. When they become available following the close of the RFI, NSPIRES will post on the RFI’s landing page under “Other Documents” 1) a Workshop Agenda, 2) Registration link and 3) Webex Information. Agenda suggestions and additional questions or comments may be emailed to; please include "NNH23ZDA010L" in the subject line. Request for Information: NASA’s Terra, Aqua, and Aura Data Continuity Workshop Number: NNH23ZDA010L Release Date: March 1, 2023 Response Date: April 4, 2023 Short Direct URL to the RFI:
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Wildfires from Space

NASA's Curious Universe podcast explores tracking wildfires from space with Doug Morton and Canadian firefighter-turned researcher Josh Johnston.

SnowEx 2023 Tundra and Boreal Forest Campaign

Lab members are supporting the SnowEx airborne campaign taking place in the tundra and boreal forest regions of Alaska.

Notes from the Field: G-LiHT Goes to Alaska

In loving memory of Larry Corp.

Goddard’s LiDAR, Hyperspectral, & Thermal Imager (G-LiHT) is an airborne instrument designed to map the composition of forested landscapes.

The G-LiHT airborne mission supports multiple groups including the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), the USFS Geospatial Technology and Applications Center (GTAC), and the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Earth Expeditions Blog: The Adventures of NASA Scientists through the Florida Marshes

This fall, scientists from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, took to the skies (and sea and land) to take measurements of carbon dioxide and methane as part of the Blueflux field campaign.

Blueflux, funded by the NASA’s Carbon Monitoring System project, aims to create a database of carbon dioxide and methane fluxes – or intakes and emissions – of mangrove ecosystems, which exist in coastal areas.

2022 Clarivate (Web of Science) Highly Cited Researchers

Matt Rodell (610), Rolf Reichle (610.1), Ben Cook (611), Alex Ruane (611), Alexei Lyapustin (613), Joanna Joiner (614), Doug Morton (618), and Ben Poulter (618) were selected as 2022 Highly Cited Researchers by Clarivate (Web of Science). Recipients are recognized for their exceptional research influence, demonstrated by the production of multiple highly cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year.

Landsat Science: The Satellite Stewards of Glacier Bay

Clambering up the side of a moving ship over chilly waters is just part of the job for National Park Service Ranger Laura Buchheit. Once safely aboard, Buchheit and her team share the history of Glacier Bay with the thousands of passengers journeying northward to see the park’s tidewater glaciers. Nestled in the science-based information that park rangers bring aboard with them are insights from Landsat satellites and NASA climate scientists.

Earth Expeditions Blog: Alaska’s Newest Lakes Are Belching Methane

“This lake wasn’t here 50 years ago.”

Katey Walter Anthony, an ecologist at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, dips her paddle into the water as her kayak glides across the lake. “Years ago, the ground was about three meters taller and it was a spruce forest,” she says.

Earth Expeditions Blog: Walking Back in Time to Learn About the Future of Permafrost

Recently, a group of scientists and pilots with NASA’s Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) toured the Permafrost Tunnel run by the U.S. Army’s Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory in Alaska.

Feldman Selected for 2021 Lorenz G. Straub Award

Andrew Feldman (618/NPP) was selected as the winner of the 2021 Lorenz G. Straub Award for his 2021 doctoral thesis from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Established under the Lorenz G. Straub Memorial Fund in the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota, the annual award is given for the most meritorious thesis in hydraulic engineering, ecohydraulics, or related fields. Congratulations, Andrew!

Northwest Territories Youth Join NASA ABoVE

Peter Griffith (618) facilitated the participation of two Northwest Territories youth on a flight for this summer's NASA Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) field campaign.

BBC Article Explores Deforestation, Wildfires, and Climate

Doug Morton was interviewed for a BBC article to discuss the impact that deforestation is having on the climate

Mongabay Article Explores Forest Fire History

Doug Morton was interviewed for an article on discussing how the data over the last 20 years could indicate that wildfires are increasing in frequency.

NASA GLOBE Land Cover Challenge 2022: Land Cover in a Changing Climate

The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program invites you to take part in our upcoming Land Cover Challenge: “Land Cover in a Changing Climate.”

The photos you take using The GLOBE Program’s GLOBE Observer app document the current land cover and may also show evidence of land cover or land use change in the area. We especially encourage you to look for places you know have changed (or where you know change is coming), and put any information about the reasons or timing for that change in the field notes section. While existing land cover databases (such as the 50-year record from the Landsat satellite) may be able to indicate where change is happening, they don’t always include the reasons why those changes occurred, so any local, on-the-ground knowledge you share with us can be especially helpful.

2022 Camp Landsat Now Open!

Camp Landsat logoCamp Landsat is now open! Join us for five weeks of summer camp fun as we celebrate Landsat satellites orbiting Earth for 50 years. This virtual camp explores a new theme each week about how Landsat has helped us better understand our home planet. Like early voyagers mapping lands unknown to them and space telescopes providing new information about the universe, Landsat satellites have given us new perspectives about the world we live in. In camp this summer we explore how Landsat helps map global cities and helps show us where trees are growing and where they are being burned or cut down. Discover how Landsat helps managers be better informed about global food supplies and make better decisions about water use and quality. Learn how Landsat has helped map the icy shores of Antarctica and how Landsat has witnessed the movement and disappearance of glaciers around the world. Your virtual camp counselors have curated an exciting collection of videos, interactives, and downloadable games and activities that you can do at home with friends of all ages. Landsat is a joint program of NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey.

Feldman Recognized for Excellence

Andrew Feldman (618) was named an AGU Outstanding Reviewer of 2021 for outstanding service to the authors and readers of Geophysical Research Letters.

Morton's Fire Research Cited in Article

A recent article on highlighting California wildfires cited work by Doug Morton (618) and colleagues.

2021 Camp Landsat Outreach Recognized

Congratulations to Ginger Butcher (618/SSAI), Mike Taylor (618/SSAI), Allison Nussbaum (618/SSAI), and Laura Rocchio (618/SSAI) for receiving a 2022 Communicator Award of Distinction from the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts for their work on the 2021 Camp Landsat outreach campaign. The 28th Annual Communicator Awards received over 4,000 entries, making it the largest and most competitive awards program honoring creative excellence for communications professionals.

Earth Day 2022 Live Shots en Español

For Earth Day 2022, Edil Sepulveda Carlo (618/SSAI) participated in a live interview with CNN en Español. He highlighted the work of NASA Earth Sciences Division, spoke about NASA observations for the last five decades and the climate change impacts observed across the planet, and discussed some of the Earth Science missions planned for this year.

Fatoyinbo Interviewed for Eyes on Earth

Dr. Lola Fatoyinbo was interviewed for USGS's Eyes on Earth podcast. In Episode 68, she discussed using Landsat satellite data to study mangroves

2021 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers

Several 610 researchers were named to the annual list identifying scientists and social scientists who produced multiple papers ranking in the top 1% of citations for their field and year of publication. Congratulations to Matthew Rodell (610), Ben Cook (611), Alex Ruane (611), Alexei Lyapustin (613), Joanna Joiner (614), Douglas Morton (618), Benjamin Poulter (618), and Eric Vermote (619) for being named to this year's list.

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