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Earth Expeditions: Snow Science Two Miles in the Sky

At a majestic 10,500 feet elevation, Grand Mesa is the world’s tallest mesa, or flat-topped mountain. It’s also the site of an intense month of data collection by NASA’s SnowEx 2020, a ground and airborne campaign testing a variety of instruments that measure the water contained in winter snowpack.

2019 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 Greg Faluvegi (611/CU), Cynthia Rosenzweig (611), Alex Ruane (611), Joanne Joiner (614), Matthew Rodell (617), Jeffrey Masek (618), Douglas Morton (618), and Benjamin Poulter (618),

Earth Expeditions Blog: The New and the Lost World of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai

Dr. Dan Slayback writes about his expedition to Earth’s newest landmass, Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai (HTHH) in the Kingdom of Tonga.

NowThis Documentary Features Global Mangrove Monitoring Project

A NowThis documentary was released on global mangrove monitoring projects by Liza Goldberg (618/UMD) with Lola Fatoyinbo (618).

Earth Expeditions Blog: Early Reports from HTHH, Tonga

Daniel Slayback is with a team doing research on Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai, a volcanic island only four years old.

The Fact Checker Features the Amazon Fires

Doug Morton appears in The Washington Post'" video, "The Amazon rainforest in Brazil is burning. Who started the fires? | The Fact Checker."

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

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

Global Fire Season Highlighted in The Washington Post

Niels Andela and the Global Fire Emissions Database were featured in a recent article in The Washington Post.

Notes from the Field: Final Field Days in Batamay, Northeast Siberia

A data shortage in the large swaths of larch forests in Northeast Siberia is a prime reason why we wanted to come here.

Earth Expeditions: Grass, Shrub, Grass… Tree! Measuring Regrowth in a Burned Forest

Groups of researchers from all over the United States and Canada are flocking to the Northwest Territories in summer 2019 to carry field work under the umbrella of NASA’s Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE)

Morton Op Ed in The Washington Post

Doug Morton co-authored, with Ruth DeFries, an Op Ed in The Washington Post about the fires and deforestation in Brazil.

Notes from the Field: Kick-off of Fire Expedition Siberia 2019

Researchers gathered in the western part of the Siberian boreal forest, where they collected the tree-ring data needed to reconstruct the area's fire history.

Earth Matters Blog: Introducing Landsat Ice Stream

Seven ice features in western Antarctica have been named for Earth-observation satellites.

Poster Blowout 2019 is in the books!

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

Earth Expeditions Blog: Land Ho! Visiting a Young Island

Excitement was in the air when research scientist Dan Slayback of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, approached a small trio of islands in the South Pacific island nation of Tonga.

Notes from the Field Blog: SWESARR is Ready to Fly

Scientists and engineers are ready to fly a new instrument designed to measure the water contained within a snowpack.

Earth Expeditions Blog: We Are The Land and the Land Is Us: Indigenous Women Accompany NASA Campaign Studying Climate Change in the Arctic

My name is Mandy Bayha and I am from a small community called Délįnę [pronounced De-lee-nay] in Canada’s Northwest Territories. With a population of about 500, the community is nestled on the shores of the southwest Keith arm of the beautiful Great Bear Lake. The Sahtúotįnę (which means “people of Great Bear Lake”) have been its only inhabitants since time immemorial.

Earth Expeditions Blog: Students Traverse Land, Air, and Water in Canada with NASA’s ABoVE

Students join the Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE), which is studying climate change in the northern parts of the world.

Notes from the Field Blog: Spruce Beetles and Shrubberies

This week while the GLiHT crew continued collecting data over the Susitna and Tanana valleys, we focused on collecting on-the-ground data on spruce beetle infestation.

Notes from the Field Blog: Spruce Beetles in Alaska

This summer a team of scientists from NASA Goddard, American University, and the Forest Service are conducting joint field work within south-central Alaska to study the ongoing spruce beetle outbreak.

ICESat-2 at the 5th USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo

Children, teens and their families had an opportunity to learn about the ICESat-2 mission and experience ICESat-2’s altimeter interactive exhibit at the 5th USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo on April 7-8, in Washington, DC. While some participants had their heights measured with the exhibit’s mock-up satellite, others leveraged NASA’s Scavenger Hunt to ask lots of questions about the mission and how it can help our Earth!

FutureCon: NASA Science in the Extremes

As a part of the AwesomeCon conference in Washington, D.C., a panel of NASA scientists presented on research in extreme conditions.

Science Magazine article features research by Poulter

An article published in Science Magazine entitled “The Carbon Harvest” features research from Ben Poulter.

Poster Blowout 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.

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Notes from the Field: Mangrove Carbon With a Grain of Salt

Ominous clouds form in the distance. The sunny sky slowly turns grey. There is a sweet smell of fresh rain on hot pavement. Then the downpour ensues. ddddled under a small overhang are 11 ecologists trying to stay dry while the storm subsides so they can board their boat for Pongara National Park.
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