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Tan Selected for AMS Editor's Award

07/31/2020
The Council of the American Meteorological Society voted to award Jackson Tan (613/USRA) an Editor’s Award for his reviews in the Journal of Hydrometeorology. The citation reads “For insightful and timely reviews of numerous manuscripts in the field of precipitation remote sensing.”

Gong Receives Citation for Excellence in Refereeing

07/10/2020
Each year, the American Geophysical Union publications department recognizes outstanding reviewers selected by the editors of each AGU journal. Congratulations to Dr. Jie Gong (613/USRA) for her selection for the 2019 AGU Editors' citation for excellence in refereeing for Geophysical Research Letters.

Earth Day Countdown Blog: T-23–Measuring Earth’s Power Source

03/30/2020
For more than 40 years, NASA has measured Earth’s energy budget with global, direct observations of solar radiation entering and exiting Earth.

Gassó Interviewed for Science Studio Podcast

03/29/2020
Santiago Gassó (613/UMD) was interviewed by the local NPR station (KTEP) at the University of Texas, El Paso for the broadcast SCIENCE STUDIO. He discussed the different tools available to scientists at NASA and how satellite detectors are used to study aerosol, clouds and their interactions.

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.

HARP Released into Earth Orbit from ISS

02/19/2020
HARP, a NASA-funded CubeSat, will collect vital information about clouds and aerosols, tiny particles in the atmosphere that can act as nuclei on which cloud droplets and ice particles form. These measurements will help us better understand how aerosol particles impact weather, climate and air quality. Read more about HARP here.

Eos Focuses on Wildfire Emissions

01/27/2020
Dr. Ralph Kahn's work was highlighted in a recent Eos news article promoting the February 2020 Eos issue dedicated to the study of wildfire emissions. Kahn's article, "A Global Perspective on Wildfires," is included in the issue.

Earth Matters Blog: Smoky Australian Skies

01/10/2020
As satellites track Australian wildfire smoke from above, GLOBE Observer citizen scientists have been keeping tabs on hazy skies from the ground.

Ralph Kahn to receive 2019 Nordberg Award

11/27/2019
Photo of Ralph Kahn We are thrilled to announce the selection of Ralph Kahn as the 2019 William Nordberg Memorial Award for Earth Science winner. Ralph Kahn has dedicated most of his scientific career to studying aerosols and their major influences on air quality, aviation safety, cloud properties, and global climate. He has conducted pioneering work to greatly advance our understanding of aerosol interactions with their environment and to influence relevant research directions of GSFC, NASA, and the Earth science community as a whole. His work as MISR Aerosol Scientist has resulted in more than 15 years of global high quality aerosol observations from MISR. Ralph has validated detection algorithms of key sources of biomass burning aerosols, characterized their strength and injection heights into the atmosphere, and showed how to identify and track ash plumes from volcanic eruptions. These techniques are routinely used by aerosol scientists worldwide. Kahn has built an enduring legacy at GSFC for his outstanding ability to build collaborations between NASA mission teams. He has been instrumental in bringing together the aerosol teams of MISR, MODIS, CALIPSO, and OMI and urged the modeling and satellite communities to come together. Kahn’s scientific influence is also evident in his prodigious publication record. Publication prowess is only one facet of his scientific reputation and standing. Kahn entertains a ceaseless stream of invitations for talks at scientific meetings and educational/research institutions. Ralph also cares deeply about community outreach and mentoring early-career scientists. His educational credentials include contributions to the Encyclopedia of Remote Sensing, lending frequently his expertise for Earth Observatory stories, and being a founder and editor of PUMAS, an on-line journal providing pre-college teachers peer-reviewed enrichment material (Outstanding Education Product Award in 1999). Many of his former mentees have moved on to successful positions in academia and government.

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.

Siberian Wildfires Attract Media Attention

08/16/2019
Santiago Gassó (613/UMD) was recently interviewed by multiple media outlets about the current wildfires in Siberia, dust transport over the North Atlantic, and long-range transport smoke. Articles appeared in such outlets as Forbes, Smithsonian.com, and Australia's ABC World News.

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.

Earth Matters Blog: Carbon Dioxide Reaches Record Levels, Plus 6 Things to Know About the Greenhouse Gas

06/14/2019
In May 2019, when atmospheric carbon dioxide reached its yearly peak, it set a record.

Notes from the Field Blog: Meet the 88S Expedition Crew

05/30/2019
This winter, our field team of four completed the two-week 88S Traverse in Antarctica in an effort to provide the best means of assessing NASA’s ICESat-2.

Earth Matters Blog: Vanguard II Turns 60

04/23/2019
While the now silent Vanguard II continues to orbit the Earth, its back-up brother has been restored and mounted in the Goddard Space Flight Center’s Earth Sciences building’s atrium.

AIRS/GISTEMP Study Receives News Release and Media Attention

04/17/2019
A recent study by Joel Susskind (610), Gavin Schmidt (611), Jae Lee (613), and Lena Iredell (610.2) confirming global warming trends was featured in a press release from the publisher and articles in publications such as Newsweek, U.S. News & World Reports, and The Washington Post.

Earth Matters Blog: Earth Observation in the Palm of Your Hand

04/08/2019
Join in a citizen science effort to observe, report, and remove mosquito breeding sites in your community.

Earth Matters Blog: Science for the Peeple

03/21/2019
For the first time possibly ever, science writers, school children, and enthusiastic science fans participated in “The World’s Finest Science-Themed Peeps Diorama Contest.” Participants were asked to recreate scenes of scientific discoveries, field work, moments in history, and model organisms— all made with the spring marshmallow treats. With nearly 50 entries to choose from, you now get to vote on which diorama deserves the coveted “Peeple’s Choice Award.”

Notes from the Field: Bringing a National Land Cover Monitoring System to Afghanistan

03/07/2019
Creating a customized service for annual land cover mapping and change analysis in Afghanistan.
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