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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.
Jacob Richmond

Delay of TROPICS Launch Due to Unfavorable Winds

NASA and Rocket Lab are now targeting no earlier than 11:30 p.m. EDT Thursday, May 25, (3:30 p.m. NZST Friday, May 26th) for the launch of the agency’s TROPICS (Time-Resolved Observations of Precipitation structure and storm Intensity with a Constellation of Smallsats) mission, from Launch Complex 1 in Mahia, New Zealand.

It’s Launch Day Again for NASA’s TROPICS CubeSats

Launch day is here for NASA’s TROPICS (Time-Resolved Observations of Precipitation structure and storm Intensity with a Constellation of Smallsats) mission! Atop a Rocket Lab Electron rocket, a pair of small satellites await liftoff from Launch Complex 1 in Māhia, New Zealand, to join a pair of recently deployed TROPICS satellites that launched just over two weeks ago.

Ott Presents Air Quality Visualizations to Visiting Leaders

Dr. Lesley Ott briefing VP Harris and President Yoon Suk Yeol of the Republic of Korea Dr. Lesley Ott, research meteorologist and climate scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, left, briefs Vice President Kamala Harris, President Yoon Suk Yeol of the Republic of Korea, and NASA Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy, on U.S. and Korean partnerships to improve the way scientists observe air quality and the use of space in addressing the climate crisis, Tuesday, April 25, 2023, during a tour of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. (Photo Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky)

Terra, Aqua, and Aura Data Continuity Workshop Dates Announced and Questions and Answers Posted

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; 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:
David Considine

GMAO Stays Warm at ITSC in the Arctic Circle

Representatives from NASA’s Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO) traveled to the Arctic Circle in March 2023 to attend the 24th International TOVS Study Conferences (ITSC) in Tromsø, Norway. Although cold and snowy, the GMAO had a much warmer visit with international colleagues to share the GMAO’s exciting work and progress using the Goddard Earth Observing System (GEOS).

Podcast Highlights Atmospheric Rivers in Middle East/North Africa

Amin Dezfuli (610.1/UMBC) was interviewed for a podcast on “The Influence of Atmospheric Rivers in the Middle East and North Africa,” hosted by the Middle East Institute in Washington D.C.

GMAO Upgrades GEOS-FP System

The GMAO upgraded the “Goddard Earth Observing System, Forward Processing” (GEOS-FP) system on February 7, 2023. The new system, GEOS-5.29.5, replaced the GEOS-5.29.4 version which has been the production system since March 1, 2022. GEOS-FP products include four daily meteorological analyses and two extended weather forecasts.

GMAO: a Strong Presence at AMS

In January 2023, representatives from NASA’s Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO) presented at the 103rd Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), held in the Mile High City of Denver, Colorado. This year’s AMS theme was "Data: Driving Science. Informing Decisions. Enriching Humanity."

GMAO Takes Hold in the Windy City

Representatives from NASA’s Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO) presented at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting 2022, held in Chicago, Illinois. This is the first time AGU has been held in what’s known as the Windy City. The theme for AGU Fall 2022 was "Science Leads the Future."

Goddard Annual Report Includes Bird Migration Study

Amin Dezfuli (610.1/SSAI) was featured in the 2022 Annual Report of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (p. 7) for his study linking bird migration patterns to climate variability.

GEOS Featured at the Supercomputing 22 (SC22) Conference

NASA’s Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO) made a big splash at the NASA Exhibitors’ booth in November at the Supercomputing conference in Dallas, Texas. Christopher Kung and Purnendu Chakraborty presented on Domain-Specific Language Adoption into NASA’s GEOS Model Code, Megan Damon presented on Forecasting Air Pollution using the GEOS Model, and Bill Putman presented on Digital Twins.

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.

JPSS-2 and LOFTID Launch!

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Joint Polar Satellite System-2 (JPSS-2) satellite, with NASA’s Low-Earth Orbit Flight Test of an Inflatable Decelerator (LOFTID) technology demonstration along for the ride, lifted off from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California this morning, Nov. 10! Powered by 860,000 pounds of thrust from the United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket’s RD-180 engine, launch occurred at 1:49 a.m. PST.

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 Contributes to Evaluating Observing Systems for Synergistic Observing Network for the Ocean (SynObs)

We are happy to announce that the Synergistic Observing Network for Ocean Prediction (SynObs) was officially endorsed as a United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030 Project under ForeSea (Ocean Prediction Capacity of the Future) on June 8th. The Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO) is poised to utilize and contribute their state-of-the-art subseasonal-to-seasonal prediction system to perform observing system evaluation (OSE) experiments in support of the international effort to evaluate the impacts of ocean observing systems (e.g., El Niño/Southern Oscillation predictions).

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.

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