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Benjamin Cook (611), Joanna Joiner (614), Alexei Lyapustin (613), Doug Morton (618), Ben Poulter (618), Matt Rodell (610), Alex Ruane (611), and Eric Vermote (619) were selected as 2023 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.
Tianle Yuan (613/UMBC) was interviewed by The Washington Post for an article titled “Scientists are baffled why the oceans are warming so fast.”
Goddard Monitors Smoke from Canada Wildfires
An unusually intense start to Canada’s wildfire season filled skies with smoke in May 2023. Then, at the beginning of June, scores of new fires raged in the eastern Canadian province of Quebec. NASA’s Aqua satellite, operated at Goddard, has captured imagery of the smoke. The Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO) based at Goddard has computed models of where the smoke may travel in coming days.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org; 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: https://go.nasa.gov/TAARFI4VCW
2022 610AT Peer Awards Announced
On December 6, 2022, ESD's Atmospheres organization hosted its annual peer awards ceremony in hybrid format. The 2022 610AT Peer Awards included:
Best Senior Author Publication: Tianle Yuanz (613/UMD) and Jerald Ziemke (614/Morgan State Univ.); Best Science Highlight or Nugget: Sujung Go (613/Morgan State Univ.) and Ghassan Taha (614/Morgan State Univ.); Distinguished Contribution Group Award: Lisa Nalborczyk (612/SSAI), Cathy Newman (613/SSAI), and Tyeisha Philson (614/SSAI), Susannah Pearce (613/GST), Rashida Holland (613/GST), and Nathan Perrin (613/GST) and NO2 Sonde Instrument Team (614 ) – Steve Bailey (555), Andrew Swanson (614/UMBC), Hieu Nguyen (JSC-OD/CACI NSS), Reem Hannun (614/UMBC), Ryan Stauffer (614), and Tom Hanisco (614); Field Campaign Support: Taka Iguchi (612/UMD); Science: Chris Kidd (612/UMD) and Can Li (614/UMD); Engineering and/or Instrument Development or Support: Jason St Clair (614/UMBC) and Michael Gray (614/SSAI); Science Software Development: Vinay Kayetha (614/SSAI) and Robert Joyce (612/SSAI); IT or Web Support: Frank Gomez (61A/ADNET); Administrative or Business Support: Kyu-Myong Kim (613/NASA), Linda Whetzel (614/X3M Systems), and Carol Holcombe (157.1/NASA); Outreach or Mentoring: Andrea Portier (612/SSAI); Special Recognition Award: G. Thomas Arnold (613/SSAI).
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.
NASA's Applied Remote Sensing Training (ARSET) Program completed an intermediate, online training titled, "Accessing and Analyzing Air Quality Data from Geostationary Satellites." This three-part training, offered in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Institute Of Environmental Research (NIER, South Korea), provided an overview of geostationary capabilities for monitoring air quality around the world, introduced geostationary aerosol datasets from GOES-East, GOES-West, Himawari 8, and the Geostationary Environment Monitoring Spectrometer (GEMS), and presented data access and python tools to read and analyze the datasets. This training was delivered by Pawan Gupta (USRA/MSFC), Melanie Follette-Cook (612), Sarah Strode (614/MSU), and guest speakers Aaron Naeger (TEMPO/MSFC), Amy Huff and Sujung Go (613/UMBC). Selwyn Hudson-Odoi (612/UMBC), David Barbato (612/UMBC), Sarah Cutshall (612/SSAI), and Jonathan O’Brien (612/SSAI) supported the training. In attendance were 860 participants from 102 countries and 38 US states. Approximately 425 unique organizations were represented.
Ryan Kramer (613/UMBC) and Susan Strahan (614/UMBC) provided comments to The Washington Post for an article about the climate impacts of stratospheric water vapor injection by the Hunga Tonga volcano entitled “Tonga volcano blasted unprecedented amount of water into atmosphere.”
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.
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.
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).
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.
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
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)
- 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
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.
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.
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
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).
A profile of Ryan Kramer (613/UMBC) was featured in an “Early Career Scientist Spotlight” article.
Friberg and Blumberg Receive SED Diversity Award
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!
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.
Researchers have found that Earth’s energy imbalance approximately doubled during the 14-year period from 2005 to 2019.
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
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.
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