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Climate Feedback Drought Article Features Cook

05/20/2022
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.

Rosenzweig Receives 2022 World Food Prize

05/05/2022
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

04/04/2022
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.

WSJ Article Discusses Climate Change Impacts

02/28/2022
Gavin Schmidt (611) was featured in The Wall Street Journal’s “Impacts of Climate Change Now Severe and Widespread, U.N. Panel Says” discussing the attribution of current damages and impacts to anthropogenic climate change.

Schmidt Featured in CNN Climate Interview

12/16/2021
Gavin Schmidt (611) discussed climate and changes in the Arctic and Antarctica with CNN.

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.

EarthSky Thunderstorms Article Feature Highlights Schmidt

12/02/2021
Gavin Schmidt (611) was featured on EarthSky’s “Intense storms from global warming, and a mission to study them” article answering questions about the possibility of thunderstorms increasing in intensity or frequency due to global warming.

Schmidt Featured in Daily Mail Article

12/01/2021
Gavin Schmidt (611) was featured on Daily Times “Rainfall could replace snowfall in the Arctic by 2060” article indicating that changes in the artic are already profound.

Ruane Featured in Brinkwire Article

11/14/2021
Alexander Ruane (611/CU) was featured on Brinkwire’s media article "Climate Change and Its Environmental Impacts on Crop Growth is a NASA study."

Schmidt Opinion Article in The New York Times

11/11/2021
Gavin Schmidt (611) featured his illustrative and interactive "What Climate Change Looks Like from Space" article in The New York Times.

Vice President Harris Visits NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

11/05/2021
Accompanied by Senator Chris Van Hollen and NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, Vice President Kamala Harris visited NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. At her visit, Vice President Harris heard presentations describing how the nation's space program studies climate change and provides crucial information to understand our planet's changes and their impacts on our lives. Lesley Ott (610.1) presented an overview of NASA climate change research and a hyperwall presentation highlighting the impacts of climate change as observed from space and the role of Earth system models in helping communities prepare. Ott was joined by Pam Melroy from NASA Headquarters, who introduced NASA's Earth Science Division, and Christian Braneon (611) from the Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Braneon provided examples of communities using satellite data in their environmental decision making. The event concluded with NASA Administrator Nelson and Goddard biospheric scientist Lola Fatoyinbo (618) presenting the first light Landsat-9 image.

Schmidt Comments on 2021 Nobel Prize in Physics

10/05/2021
Gavin Schmidt (611) spoke with several media outlets regarding on the 2021 Nobel Prize winners in Physics.

• Wall Street Journal (Robert Lee Hotz and Benjamin Katz) in the article "Nobel Prize in Physics Awarded to Trio for Study of Climate Change, Complex Systems"
• Bloomberg (Eric Roston) in the article "The Nobel Prize Is a Lagging Indicator of Climate Change"
• ABC NEWS (David Keyton and Seth Borenstein) in the article "Physics Nobel rewards work on climate change, other forces"

Schmidt Featured on AccuWeather

09/21/2021
Gavin Schmidt (611) was interviewed by Melissa Constnazer from AccuWeather for the feature "‘People have many different routes:' Climate scientist calls for action."

GISS Megadrought Study Featured on ABC10 News

09/13/2021
Benjamin Cook (611) was interviewed by ABC-10 for the featured news article “Megadroughts more likely in the Western U.S. even with strict emissions control” regarding a new study by GISS scientists indicating longer, hotter droughts are more likely in Western United States.

IPCC Report, the Dixie Fire, Extreme Weather and More

08/06/2021
GISS scientists have been responding to multiple media inquiries regarding the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, wildfires, drought, extreme weather, and the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC). Media outlets included The Verge, The New York Times, National Geographic, Reuters, The Washington Post, Science Magazine, The New Republic, The Atlantic, and others.

Science Article Highlights Models and IPCC Report

07/27/2021
Gavin Schmidt (611) was featured in Science Magazine’s article, ‘U.N. climate panel confronts implausibly hot forecasts of future warming’ by Paul Vonsen.

NASA's Curious Universe Podcast

07/26/2021
With Earth’s recent record-breaking temperatures, the pace of sea level rise has accelerated. NASA scientists take us on a trip into their research right here on our home planet. Join us as we fly over Antarctic ice sheets and consult with orbiting satellites on this exploration of our changing Earth.

GISS Interns Named 2021 John Mather Nobel Scholars

07/23/2021
GISS interns Madeline Casas and Lana Tilke were awarded as John Mather Nobel Scholars for 2021 by the John and Jane Mather Foundation for Science and the Arts in partnership with the National Space Grant Foundation. Casas is currently working on the project “Analysis of Climate Model Simulations,”mentored by Gavin Schmidt (611). Tilke is working on the project “Exploring the Dynamics of Exoplanetary Atmospheres and Oceans with ROCKE-3D,” mentored by Michael Way (611).

Braneon Receives AXA Award for Climate Science

07/21/2021
Congratulations to climate impacts researcher Dr. Christian Braneon of NASA's GISS and of Columbia University's Earth Institute CCSR for receiving a 2021 AXA Award for Climate Science. Dr. Braneon’s award was specifically for his contribution to understanding climate change impacts on urban, agriculture and natural systems as well as climate justice.

Scientific American references GISS Venus climate modeling

07/06/2021
A feature article in Scientific American about NASA's plans for newly announced future missions to Venus gives a namecheck to Michael Way (611) and to GISS's work on modeling paleo-Venus climates

Science Features Work by Way and Del Genio

06/09/2021
Research by Dr. Michael Way (611) and Dr. Anthony Del Genio (611/Emeritus) was featured in the Science magazine’s article “Was Venus once a good home for life? NASA missions aim to find out” by Paul Voosen.

Schmidt Gives Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society Keynote

06/02/2021
Dr. Gavin Schmidt was the keynote speaker for this year's Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society's annual meeting. The keynote was the public lecture "Can Climate Modeling Keep Up with Climate Change?"

Gizmodo Article Highlights Work by GISS Scientists

06/02/2021
Gizmodo’s “An Ancient Supervolcano May Have Zapped the Ozone Layer, Exposing Early Humans to Intense Sunburns” cited recent research by GISS scientists Kostas Tsigaridis (611/CU), Allegra N. LeGrande (611), and Susanne E. Bauer (611/CU).

Schmidt Quoted by Sky News

05/28/2021
The Daily Climate Show, Sky News's daily prime time broadcast addressing climate change, recently featured Dr. Gavin Schmidt and other scientists discussing long-term global temperature trends.

Division Scientists Provide ARSET Training

05/27/2021
The Applied Remote Sensing Training (ARSET) program completed its longest (six part) bilingual series, "Satellite Observations and Tools for Fire Risk, Detection, and Analysis." The training covered the use of Earth observations pre-fire (fire types, conditions, and fire danger), during-fire (thermal anomalies and smoke mapping), and post-fire (burned area, landscape changes, and regrowth), and the content spanned air quality, disasters, and land applications. The course instructors were Melanie Follette-Cook (614/MSU), Pawan Gupta, Amita Mehta (612/UMBC), Erika Podest, Sean McCartney (610/SSAI), Juan Torres-Pérez, Zach Bengtsson, Robert Field (611/CU), and Ana Prados (614/UMBC); and guest presenters Elijah Orland (617/USRA) and Blanca Rios. Brock Blevins (614/SSAI), Selwyn Hudson-Odoi (612/UMBC), David Barbato (614/UMBC) and Jonathan O’Brien (614/SSAI) supported the training. There were 2,544 attendees from 110 countries and 47 US states. Approximately 1,200 unique organizations were represented.
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