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Aqua Turns 20

05/04/2022
Aqua Project Scientist Claire Parkinson (610), Deputy Project Scientist Lazaros Oreopoulos (613), and others reflect on the 20th anniversary of the launch of the Aqua satellite.

NASA PBL Technology in the News

02/24/2022
Various science news outlets such as Physics.org and Meteorological Technology International carried the recent NASA story about Dr. Antonia Gambacorta (613) and Dr. Joseph Santanello (617) developing new technology to study the Earth's planetary boundary layer (PL).

Local News Highlights Climate Change Impacts

02/24/2022
Ryan Kramer (613/UMBC) was interviewed by WUSA9, DC’s CBS affiliate, for a story about the human causes of climate change and climate impacts in the DC region.

HyMPI Project in Cutting Edge

02/09/2022
Antonia Gambacorta (613) and co-investigators of the Hyperspectral Microwave Photonic Instrument (HyMPI) project Mark Stephen (REP from 550), Fabrizio Gambini (554/UMBC) and Joe Santanello (617) were interviewed for an article in the latest edition of CuttingEdge. Hyperspectral microwave measurements hold promise to significantly improve our understanding of the Planetary Boundary Layer and improve extreme weather forecasting. New optical processing technology brings the ability to gather hundreds or thousands of frequencies within reach.

Annual Associated Scientist/Contractor Performance Awards

02/07/2022
The Climate and Radiation Laboratory (613) annually recognizes associated scientists and contractors for exceptional performance. The following members received awards at the annual winter event held virtually on February 4th:
Best First Authored Paper
- Nayeong Cho (UMBC)
- Sergey Korkin (UMBC)
Sustained Achievement Award
- Shana Mattoo (SSAI)
Scientific Leadership
- Tianle Yuan (UMBC)
- Jie Gong (UMBC)
Outstanding Technical Support
- Ashley Barrientos (ADNET)
Outstanding Scientific Support
- Woogyung (Vincent) Kim (UMD)
- John Blaisdell (SAIC)
- Sujung Go (UMBC)
Special Award, Exceptional Merit Beyond the Call of Duty
- 610AT System Administrators Perry Collins, Horace Payne, Claudia Alvarez-Warren and Ashley Barrientos (ADNET)
Outstanding Administrative Support
- Marcy August (X3M)
- Cathy Newman (SSAI)

2021 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers

12/10/2021
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.

Gassó's Twitter Post Lands in Harper's Magazine

11/30/2021
The first observation of smoke from forest fires reaching the North Pole was highlighted in the November issue of Harper’s Magazine from a satellite image posted by Santiago Gassó (613/UMD) on Twitter. Harper's Magazine is a general interest monthly published since 1860.

Lyapustin Named a 2021 Highly Cited Researcher

11/16/2021
Congratulations to Alexei Lyapustin (613) for being named to the 2021 Clarivate Web of Science Highly Cited Researchers List in the category of Geosciences. 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 in Web of Science.

2021 610AT Peer Awards Announced

11/05/2021
On November 5, 2021, ESD's Atmospheres organization hosted a virtual awards ceremony with 134 attendees. The following employees were awarded a 2021 610AT Peer Award — Best Senior Author Publication: Sampa Das (614/UMD) and Lauren Zamora (613/UMD); Best Science Highlight or Nugget: Ryan Kramer (613/UMBC) and Lisa Milani (612/UMD); Distinguished Contribution Group Award: Wallops Airborne Topographic Mapper team (ATM), James K. Yungel (615/SSAI), Serdar S. Manizade (615/SSAI), Matthew A. Linkswiler (615/SSAI), Kyle A. Krabill (840), Craig Swenson (615/SSAI), Alexey Chibisov (615/SSAI), Carl Schirtzinger (615/ASRC), and Michael Studinger (615); Technical or Field Campaign Support: Theresa Graydus (610.W/ASRC), Carl Schirtzinger (615/ASRC), and Brian Lowe (610/Peraton), Kenneth Christian (612/UMD), and Alexander Kotsakis (614/USRA); Outstanding performance Science: David Haffner (614/SSAI), Melanie Follette-Cook (614/MSU), Toshihisa Matsui (612/UMD), and Daeho Jin (613/USRA); Engineering and/or Instrument Development or Support: Jason St Clair (614/UMBC); Science Software Development: Zachary Fasnacht (614/SSAI) and Liang-Kang Huang (614/SSAI); IT or Web Support: Paul Hubanks (613/ADNET) and Ashley Barrientos (610/ADNET); Administrative or Business Support: Marion August (613/X3M); Outreach or Mentoring: Dorian Janney (612/ADNET), Santiago Gasso, (613/UMD), Emily Wilson (610), and Ralph Kahn (613); Special Recognition Award: Mariel Friberg (613/UMD), Lara Clemence (610/GST), and Tamas Varnai (613/UMBC); Special Recognition during COVID-19: Gerald McIntire (612/KBRwyle).

Friberg and Blumberg Receive SED Diversity Award

08/05/2021
Mariel Friberg (613/NPP) and William Gregory Blumberg (613/NPP), postdoctoral fellows of the Climate and Radiation Laboratory, are members of NGAPS which received the first SED Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Award. Congratulations Mariel and William!

Kramer Featured in Early Career Spotlight

08/05/2021
A profile of Ryan Kramer (613/UMBC) was featured in an “Early Career Scientist Spotlight” article.

MISR AAP Project Focuses on Canadian Wildfire Properties

07/26/2021
On July 17–20, 2020, multiple wildfires were burning across Ontario, Canada. Laboratory scientists on the Multi-Angle Imaging Spectro-radiometer (MISR) Active Aerosol Plume-Height (AAP) Project used remote sensing techniques to map the smoke plume and aerosol transport from these fires.

Earth Matters Blog: Earth’s Radiation Budget is Out of Balance

06/22/2021
Researchers have found that Earth’s energy imbalance approximately doubled during the 14-year period from 2005 to 2019.

Weather Gang Quotes Gassó Post

05/20/2021
Santiago Gassó (613/UMD) was quoted in The Washington Post Weather Gang article in reference to one of his Twitter postings about the fires in central Canada last week and the long range transport of smoke to the East Coast.

Earth Day Webcast Features Earth Science and Engineering

04/22/2021
Ryan Kramer (613/UMBC), along with Aprille Ericsson (550) and Janelle Wellons, appeared on the educational webcast “All Things Aviation & Aerospace” on Earth Day to discuss their jobs and provide advice for pursuing a career in earth science and engineering.

Study Directly Links Humans to Climate Change

04/02/2021
Ryan Kramer was interviewed by FOX for a story reported through FOX-affiliated TV stations about his recent study “Observational Evidence of Increasing Global Radiative Forcing” with Lazaros Oreopoulos (613) and collaborators. The study has been featured by the NASA News Team and by other media outlets nationally and internationally, including CBS News.

2020 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers

11/19/2020
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), Gregory Faluvegi (611/CU), Alexei Lyapustin (613), Joanna Joiner (614), Jeffrey Masek (618), Douglas Morton (618), Benjamin Poulter (618), and Eric Vermote (619) for being named to this year's list.

Ralph Kahn Named 2020 AGU Fellow

11/18/2020
Congratulations to Dr. Ralph Kahn of the Climate and Radiation Laboratory for his election as a 2020 AGU Fellow. AGU’s announcement states: “The members of this year’s class of Fellows have made exceptional contributions in our Earth and space sciences community through breakthrough, discovery, or innovation in their disciplines. Since 1962, AGU has elected fewer than 0.1% of members to join this prestigious group of individuals.Thanks to their dedication and sacrifice, AGU Fellows serve as global leaders and experts who have propelled our understanding of geosciences.” That describes Ralph perfectly, and we are honored to have another AGU Fellow in the Division.

Lyapustin Named a Highly Cited Researcher

11/18/2020
Congratulations to Alexei Lyapustin for being named to the 2020 Clarivate Web of Science Highly Cited Researchers List. 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 in Web of Science.

West Coast Smoke Highlighted by The Washington Post and Reuters

09/15/2020
Santiago Gassó (613/UMD) provided quotes to The Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang and Reuters on the unusually high levels of West coast smoke over the Washington, DC area.

MISR Active Aerosol Plume-Height (AAP) Project Focuses on California Wildfire Properties

08/31/2020
On August 20, 2020, multiple wildfires were burning across California. Laboratory scientists on the Multi-Angle Imaging Spectro-radiometer (MISR) Active Aerosol Plume-Height (AAP) Project used remote sensing techniques to map the smoke plume and aerosol transport from the Milepost 21 Fire on August 15, 2020.

HARP Wins AIAA Award

08/14/2020
The Hyper-Angular Rainbow Polarimeter (HARP) CubeSat has won the “Small Satellite Mission of the Year” American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) award. The award is presented annually by the AIAA to the mission that has demonstrated a significant improvement in the capability of small satellites. The PI is Vanderlei Martins (613/UMBC)

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.

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