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.
Gavin Schmidt (611) was featured in NASA Sea Level Change: Observations from Space’s “Melting Ocean Ice Affects Sea Level – Unlike Ice Cubes in a Glass” article by Ethan Huang, NASA’s Sea Level Change Team.
Scientific American's Andrea Thompson asked Benjamin Cook (611) for his thoughts on a non-NASA paper attributing drought in Africa being to climate change in her article "Deadly African Drought Wouldn’t Have Happened without Climate Change."
Priscilla De Leon (611/AI) was recently featured in the Alumni Spotlight Series at Hostos Community College (CUNY). De Leon was interviewed by Alumni Relations Manager Felix O. Sánchez and Communications Publications Editorial Manager Wilfredo J. Burgos-Matos and discussed her current role as Project Administrator at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS).
Gavin Schmidt (611) discussed current global temperatures, levels of greenhouse gasses, and where 2022 ranks in the climate record on KPCW’s Cool Science Radio’s “NASA's Gavin Schmidt talks climate change” interview by John Wells and Katie Mullay radio session.
GISS Scientists Select Best Paper of 2022
Scientists at NASA/GISS have voted the article "The Turning Point of the Aerosol Era" by Susanne E. Bauer et al.. as the top work among more than 160 research publications by institute staff published in 2022. The paper appeared in the Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems. Runners-up included "Future Climate Change Under SSP Emission Scenarios with GISS-E2.1" by Larissa Nazarenko et al. and "Southern Ocean Solar Reflection Biases in CMIP6 Models Linked to Cloud Phase and Vertical Structure Representations" by Grégory Cesana et al.
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
Release Date: March 1, 2023
Response Date: April 4, 2023
Short Direct URL to the RFI: https://go.nasa.gov/TAARFI4VCW
Gavin Schmidt (611) was featured in The Washington Post article “Earth’s oceans are showing early and surprising record warming” by Scott Dance in regard to the recent trend of rising ocean temperature.
Ruane's IPCC Contributions Widely Cited
Alexander Ruane (611) was featured across multiple media outlets (e.g., Bloomberg, New York Times, ABC Australian News.) regarding the recent release of the IPCC Synthesis Report and also presented the report at a GISS seminar. Dr. Ruane’s IPCC figure has also been recreated in French h for Le Monde and in Italian for Corriere Della Serra.
Three Sciences and Exploration Directorate scientists have been named 2022 fellows by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in recognition of their scientifically and socially distinguished achievements in the scientific enterprise. Rita Sambruna (600) was recognized in Astronomy, Jennifer Wiseman (660) was recognized in Physics, and Dorothy Peteet (611) was recognized in Earth Science. Congratulations to all!
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.
ESD staff joined colleagues from SED's Heliophysics Division to attend the 7th General Assembly of Stratosphere-troposphere Processes And their Role in Climate. This multi-hub international SPARC meeting was designed to maximize in-person attendance, while reducing the carbon footprint compared to that of a single venue, for which more people would need to travel longer distances to attend. Several 610 scientists participated in the meeting at the Boulder, CO, Hub.
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.
Benjamin Cook (611) was featured in the Climate Feedback organization's article entitled “Water scarcity in a changing climate: will drought get worse with warming?” The article explores the relationship between climate change and drought and examines the ways in which global warming is likely to impact water scarcity around the world.
Cynthia Rosenzweig, a senior research scientist and head of the Climate Impacts Group at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York City, received the 2022 World Food Prize from the World Food Prize Foundation. According to the World Food Prize Foundation, the World Food Prize is a prestigious international award conceived as the "Nobel Prize for Food and Agriculture" with a mission to elevate innovations and inspire action to sustainably increase the quality, quantity and availability of food for all.
Rosenzweig was selected for the award for her research to understand the relationship between climate and food systems and forecast how both will change in the future. Her modeling work has provided a foundation for decision-makers around the world to create strategies to mitigate climate change and adapt our food systems to a changing planet, which has helped communities worldwide address the consequences of Earth’s changing climate.
GISS Scientists Select Best Paper of 2021
Scientists at NASA/GISS have voted the article "CMIP6 historical simulations (1850-2014) with GISS-E2.1" by Ron Miller et al.. as the top work among close to 200 research publications by institute staff published in 2021. The paper appeared in the Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems. Runners-up included "Observational constraint on cloud feedbacks suggests moderate climate sensitivity" by Cesana and Del Genio and "Changes in biomass burning, wetland extent, or agriculture drive atmospheric NH3 trends in select African region" by Jonathan Hickman et al.