Geodesy and Geophysics Laboratory
 

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, May 29, 2024
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
Special Seminar: An Introduction to Equity as an Environmental Justice KPI
Please join us for a special seminar presented by Christian Braneon (Code 611) in observation of Intersectional Environmentalism Day (May 28).

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Wednesday, May 29, 2024
03:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Scientific Colloquium
Detecting Gravitational Waves with Pulsar Timing: Updates from NANOGrav and the IPTA
Thankful Cromartie (Naval Research Laboratory)
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Wednesday, May 29, 2024
06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
New Date: Bird Walk
Rescheduled from May 15.

With spring migration in full swing, join us for a relaxing bird stroll at Patuxent National Wildlife Refuge. We hope to have other colleagues, including from the 600-wide retreat and the Goddard Photo Club picnic, join us as well.
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Featured Videos

The Geocenter of the Earth Is Changing

At the foundation of virtually all airborne, space-based and ground-based Earth observations is the Terrestrial Reference Frame (TRF). The TRF relies on an accurate calculation of the geocenter of the Earth. However, one complication is that the geocenter is constantly changing with respect to the Earth’s surface.

USFS/GEDI Old Growth Forest Visualization

This visualization begins with a view of USFS Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) plot locations (orange dots) across the continental US. GEDI vegetation height data then draws on dynamically, showing how data from both the USFS and NASA can be used together to increase spatial coverage.

NASA Sees Tides Under Ocean’s Surface

Internal tides, or internal waves, can reach hundreds of feet underneath the ocean surface, but might only be a few inches high on the surface. Even though they’re underwater, NASA can see these tides from satellites. They provide oceanographers with a unique way to map and study the much larger internal water motion.

NASA Explores Earth's Magnetic 'Dent'

Earth’s magnetic field acts like a protective shield around the planet, repelling and trapping charged particles from the Sun. But over South America and the southern Atlantic Ocean, an unusually weak spot in the field – called the South Atlantic Anomaly, or SAA – allows these particles to dip closer to the surface than normal.