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2022 Clarivate (Web of Science) Highly Cited Researchers

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.

ACP Paul Crutzen Publication Award for 2021

“Global impact of COVID-19 restrictions on the surface concentrations of nitrogen dioxide and ozone,” written by Christoph Keller (610.1/MSU), K. Emma Knowland (610.1/MSU), Rob Lucchesi (610.1/SSAI), and Steven Pawson (610.1), was the inaugural recipient of the ACP Paul Crutzen Publication Award for 2021. The award was created in honor of Paul Crutzen, Nobel Prize awardee and former director of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, to "recognize an outstanding publication in ACP that advances our understanding of atmospheric chemistry and physics."

GMAO Team Members Receive Agency Honor Awards

The GMAO is proud to share the news that two of its team members, Larry Takacs and Callum Wayman, are recipients of NASA's 2021 Agency Honor Awards.

Larry Takacs was one of four Goddard winners for the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal. Photo of Larry Takacs This is NASA’s highest form of recognition awarded to non-Government individuals "…whose distinguished service, ability, or vision has personally contributed to NASA’s advancement of United States' interests."

The GMAO’s Callum Wayman is a recipient of the Silver Group Achievement Award, as part of the NASA DEVELOP team, for the successful design and implementation of DEVELOP’s virtual software carpentry training program.

Version 6 Level-4 SMAP Soil Moisture and Carbon Data Products Released

The Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) project released Version 6 of the Level-4 Soil Moisture and Carbon data products. The key change in the new version is the improved precipitation forcing, which is now primarily based on IMERG products. The data are generated at the NASA Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (610.1) and available from the NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center.

Nature Research Highlight Features Work by Dezfuli

Recent published research by Amin Dezfuli (610.1/SSAI) was featured as a Research Highlight in Nature.

Vice President Harris Visits NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

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.

The New York Times Features Work by Weir

Brad Weir (610.1/USRA) was interviewed by Henry Fountain from The New York Times in an article titled “Satellites Could Help Track if Nations Keep Their Carbon Pledges.” This article references a Science Advances paper “Regional Impacts of COVID-19 on Carbon Dioxide Detected Worldwide from Space” with Weir as lead author.

GMAO Research Appears Again in Washington Post

Richard Cullather (610.1/UMD) and Krzysztof Wargan (610.1/SSAI) were interviewed by Jason Samenow, and Kasha Patel of the Capital Weather Gang, Washington Post, for the article “South Pole posts most severe cold season on record, a surprise in a warming world.”

GMAO Research Appears in Washington Post Article

Lauren Andrews (610.1) and Gary Partyka (610.1/SSAI) were interviewed by Matthew Cappucci and Kasha Patel of the Capital Weather Gang, The Washington Post, for the article “How Larry socked Greenland and unleashed an unusual blizzard.” Also in the article was a GMAO GEOS forecasting model that estimated the amount of snowfall on September 12, 2021.

GMAO Research Appears in Washington Post Article

Richard Cullather (610.1/UMD) was interviewed by Kasha Patel of the Capital Weather Gang, The Washington Post, for the article “Rain falls at the summit of Greenland Ice Sheet for first time on record.” Also in the article was a GMAO GEOS forecasting model showing modeled conditions over the Greenland ice sheet from August 13 to 16.

GMAO Analyzes Record North American Heat Dome

An extreme heatwave dominated the circulation over the North-Western section of North America in late June and early July 2021. This extreme meteorological event was covered extensively by the media on account of its links to climate change and its drastic impact on mortality, especially in western Canada. A complete picture of this event is being built using the GEOS models and satellite observations, spanning the dynamical processes that caused the event, and its subsequent impacts on air quality, fires, and surface moisture and energy budgets.

Reichle Recognized for Excellence

Rolf Reichle (610.1) was recognized as one of AGU’s Outstanding Reviewers of 2020 by the Chief Editor of Reviews of Geophysics.

Andrews Discusses Greenland Ice Sheet Melt in The Washington Post

Lauren Andrews (610.1) was quoted in The Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang feature about last week's Greenland ice sheet melt.

Dr. Randal Koster Named Recipient of 2021 William Nordberg Memorial Award for Earth Science

Photo of RandyWe are thrilled to announce the selection of Dr. Randy Koster as the 2021 William Nordberg Memorial Award for Earth Science winner.

Dr. Koster is being recognized for research that has provided unique insights in the field of hydrology, combining modeling efforts with space-based observations, putting GSFC at the forefront of Earth science.

Dr. Koster has worked at NASA GSFC since September of 1987, first as a member of the Hydrological Sciences Branch, and currently as a member of the Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO). His early work focused on the analysis of global water isotope geochemistry. Most of his tenure at GSFC, though, has been dedicated to two research thrusts: (i) the development of improved treatments of land surface physics for Earth system models, and (ii) the analysis of interactions between the land and atmosphere, using these models. He has examined many questions regarding land-atmosphere feedback, including: Can knowledge of soil moisture conditions at the beginning of a seasonal weather forecast improve the forecast? Can we find evidence in the observational record that variability in land surface states has an effect on rainfall, air temperature, and other atmospheric variables? He has coordinated multi-institutional analyses of land-atmosphere feedback for two components of the World Climate Research Programme. He serves on the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Science Team, focusing on making sure that SMAP satellite-based soil moisture data is useful for climate studies and other applications.

With the advent of the GMAO in 2003, Dr. Koster was given the responsibility of coordinating the land surface modeling activities at GSFC into a single land surface modeling system. This ever-evolving system is used extensively by the GMAO and is available for use by the NASA community.

Randy will be presented with the William Nordberg Memorial Award during a future Scientific Colloquium that will be scheduled once we are all back on Center.

GMAO Releases MERRA-2 Climate Statistics Supplementary Dataset

The GMAO is pleased to announce the public release of the MERRA-2 Climate Statistics supplementary dataset. This dataset adds four file collections computed from MERRA-2 including monthly statistics that represent extreme temperature and precipitation events, as well as long term means intended to assist researchers with their analysis of MERRA-2. Data can be downloaded through GESDISC.

Reuters Publishes Article Using GMAO Product

"How air quality has improved during the coronavirus crisis" by Marco Hernandez quotes Ryan Stauffer and uses the GMAO GEOS-FP nitrate PM2.5 product and ground measurements of NO2, PM2.5, CO, and SO2 to look at the pollution drop in China, Italy, and India.

Earth Day Countdown Blog: T-17–Chemistry in the Atmosphere

Air pollution can appear as a gray or orange haze enveloping a city. What the naked eye can’t see are the hundreds of chemical reactions taking place to produce that pollution. NASA science can reveal a more complete picture of atmospheric chemistry.

Coronavirus Impacts Field Work

Goddard Space Flight Center airborne campaigns are highlighted in a recent Capital Weather Gang article in The Washington Post. The article describes the novel coronavirus's impact on scientific research and field campaigns.

Earth Day Countdown Blog: T-30 – Tracking Methane from Space

NASA’s new 3D picture of methane concentrations shows the second-largest contributor to greenhouse warming and its behavior throughout the atmosphere.

Earth Day Countdown Blog: T-46 -- How NASA Observes Earth’s Atmosphere

Better and faster computers have improved how we model and study Earth. More information is the other piece of the puzzle.

GMAO Takes the Stage at the Sciences and Exploration Directorate’s 13th Annual Poster Party

For the past 13 years, the Sciences and Exploration Directorate (Code 600) at NASA GSFC has hosted an annual New Year’s Poster Party. GMAO members took the opportunity to showcase some of their recent work at this event, mainly by using posters prepared for the recent AGU and AMS annual meetings.

GMAO Team Members, and AGU, Return to San Francisco

After two years in other locations, the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting returned to San Francisco, CA, from December 9-13, 2019. NASA's Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO) had strong representation, with team members presenting their research through speaker panels and poster sessions ranging from moulin formation to health and air quality forecasts.

Bill Putman presents at Supercomputing 2019

NASA Goddard meteorologist Bill Putman previewed The Future of Global Numerical Weather Prediction with GEOS, filling the hyperwall with 6-kilometer GEOS global model predictions of this year's extreme U.S. tornado season and Category 5 Hurricane Dorian. For his high-resolution forecasts, Putman uses up to 80,000 Intel Skylake cores on the NCCS Discover supercomputer.
Bill Putman speaks to an audience

GMAO Scientist Discusses the Acceleration of Pollution Forecasts

GMAO’s Christoph Keller took part in a talk at a recent NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference in Washington DC, which is discussed in a recent online article. According to Keller, air quality is a vastly underestimated problem. NASA researchers are developing machine learning models that help improve existing models.

Earth Expeditions Blog: A New Flame- Airborne Campaign the First to Sample Borneo Fire Smoke in Detail

Read about the Cloud, Aerosol, and Monsoon Processes Philippines Experiment (CAMP2Ex) studying the impact of smoke from fires and pollution on clouds.

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