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Bolten Receives a 2018 Arthur S. Flemming Award


L to R: Dr. John Bolten with Mr. Lawrence Friedl, director of the Applied Sciences Program within the Earth Science Division at NASA Headquarters.

Congratulations to Dr. John Bolten of the Hydrological Sciences Laboratory for his 2018 Arthur S. Flemming Award. Named in honor of Arthur S. Flemming, who served in government for more than six decades spanning seven administrations and including service as the secretary of health, education and welfare under President Dwight D. Eisenhower, awardees are recognized for excellence in federal service. Dr. Bolten was recognized in the category of "Applied Science & Engineering" for his work in applying satellite remote sensing, land surface modeling and data assimilation to water resources management, agricultural forecasting and flood monitoring. Dr. Bolten is a Physical Scientist in the Hydrological Sciences Laboratory and also the Associate Program Manager for NASA’s Applied Sciences – Water Resources Program.

Poster Blowout 2019 is in the books!

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Photos from this year's Poster Blowout are available now. Congratulations to everyone, especially this year's winners!

Newman and Kirschbaum are President-elects

Congratulations to Paul Newman (610) and Dalia Kirschbaum (617) on being elected president-elect for the American Geophysical Union Atmospheric Sciences and Natural Hazards sections, respectively. They will begin their terms on January 1, 2019, and serve for 2 years.

Bolten Quoted in Business Insider Article

"I think rivers are treated as a renewable resource when they're really not," John Bolten, a hydrologist and the associate program manager of water resources at NASA's Applied Sciences Program, told Business Insider. "It's remarkable how many people are dependent on access to clean water. If rivers are not conserved and used properly, it's a detriment to everyone." That's well worth considering on World Rivers Day, held annually at the end of September.

Blog: Was Washington DC really in a flash drought?

Members of the Hydrological Sciences Laboratory recently published a blog post as a a written response to a Capital Weather Gang article identifying the early July dry spell in the DC region as a flash drought. The post provides the definition of a flash drought as defined in recent publications, and includes figures from the North American Land Data Assimilation System (NLDAS) and the U.S. Drought Monitor to show that the region had not quite entered into drought conditions before the rain over the last week.

Blog: Making a map of water and ice

Hydrologist Matt Rodell at NASA's Goddard Spaceflight Center has been living with first-of-its-kind data from the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) for 16 years. That data shows big changes of mass in specific spots on Earth, primarily the result of the movement of water and ice, but it doesn’t tell them what causes those changes. That's where Matt and the GRACE team come in, painstakingly connecting these observed changes to the loss of ice sheets, depleting aquifers, and climate change. It's a problem they're still working on, getting closer every day. Matt explains the years-long process in his own words.

Landslide Viewer displayed at GIS Conference Map Gallery

The GIS web application Landslide Viewer, which was developed by Caroline Juang (617/SSAI), Dalia Kirschbaum (617), Thomas Stanley (617/USRA), and Jim Shute (606.2/CSC), and which maps landslide event data from the Global Landslide Catalog (GLC), was displayed in the 2018 Esri Federal GIS Conference’s Map Gallery, in Washington, DC, March 20-21.

Poster Blowout 2018

Note from the Director:
I would like to thank the Director’s Science Committee for putting on an amazingly successful event where scientists and engineers across Goddard shared their work and made new contacts. The interdisciplinary interactions were especially exciting and crossed all four science disciplines.

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Kirschbaum Awarded a 2016 Arthur S. Flemming Award


L to R: Mr. Gene Dodaro (Comptroller General of the United States, U.S. Government Accountability Office), Dr. Dalia Kirschbaum, and Dr. Kathryn Newcomer (Director of Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, The George Washington University).

Congratulations to Dr. Dalia Kirschbaum of the Hydrological Sciences Laboratory for her 2016 Arthur S. Flemming Award. Named in honor of Arthur S. Flemming, whose civil service spanned seven decades and 11 presidencies, awardees are recognized for excellence in federal service. Dr. Kirschbaum was recognized in the category of Applied Science & Engineering. Her citation reads, "Dr. Kirschbaum works on evaluating rainfall-triggered landslides around the world. She applied satellite-based surface and rainfall information within landslide hazard models to support situational awareness of these hazards in near real time. This technique has been used for disaster response by countries around the world as well as groups such as FEMA, the World Bank, the Pacific Disaster Center and others."

Earth Matters Blog: Thank You, GRACE

On March 17, 2002, two small satellites (nicknamed Tom and Jerry) blasted off from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia. In the 15 years since, there is nothing funny about what this pair has accomplished.

Kirschbaum and Roman Named as Presidential Early Career Award Recipients

Dalia KirschbaumMiguel Roman
Dalia Kirschbaum and Miguel Roman of the Earth Sciences Division have been named recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

Kirschbaum and Roman, along with 100 other researchers, were named by President Barack Obama for this award, the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.

The awardees are selected for their pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and their commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education, or community outreach.

Science Jamboree event photos

The 2016 Science Jamboree was a great success! A collection of 50 photos from the event are available now.

ESD Personnel Recognized by FLC

Congratulations to Peggy O'Neill, Vanessa Escobar, Amy McNally, and Grey Nearing who were part of the SMAP Applications Program that won the 2016 Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Interagency Partnership Award.

Peggy O'Neill Named IEEE Fellow

Congratulations to Peggy O'Neill for her selection as an IEEE Fellow for contributions to the remote sensing of soil moisture. The IEEE Fellow is one of the most prestigious honors of the IEEE, and is bestowed upon a very limited number of Senior Members who have contributed importantly to the advancement or application of engineering, science, and technology bringing significant value to our society.

Pawson, Huffman, and Kirschbaum discuss El Niño with The Baltimore Sun

A recent article in The Baltimore Sun focused on NASA researchers' work to study El Niño and its weather extremes.

Kirschbaum writes for Earth Science Week

Dr. Dalia Kirschbaum wrote a blog post about GPM and visualizations for Earth Science Week

Kirschbaum's work featured in Popular Science

Dalia Kirschbaum's work with the NASA Global Landslide Catalogue appeared recently on the Popular Science website.

Santanello and Team Wrap up Field Campaign

Joe Santanello and teammates have completed 12 days of radiosonde launches in Oklahoma for the "Enhanced Soundings for Local Coupling Studies" field campaign.

Public Release of Land Information System (LIS) Framework, Version 7.1

The Hydrological Sciences Laboratory has released an updated version of the Land Information System (LIS) software framework. LIS 7.1 became available for release to US government agencies and to entities working under a US government contract or grant. Accompanying the LIS 7.1 software is the 7.1 public release of Land Data Toolkit (LDT) and the 7.1 public release of the Land Verification Toolkit (LVT).

SMAP Gathers Soil Data in Australia

Scientists are studying the Australian soil as part of the Soil Moisture Active Passive Experiments-4 (SMAPEx-4) field campaign from the ground and air — the first major soil moisture field campaign conducted since SMAP launched Jan. 31, 2015. The three-week study, conducted from May 2 to May 22, is designed to validate soil moisture measurements from SMAP.

The Baltimore Sun features Goddard Earth Scientists

A recent article in The Baltimore Sun focused on members of the Earth Sciences Division and their work at Goddard Space Flight Center.

Create NASA Earth Day Video, Win Seats to Launch

To mark Earth Day 2012, we are inviting you to create your own compelling video vision of NASA's exploration of Earth. You could be selected to view the launch of an upcoming Earth science mission in person! Deadline is May 31, 2012.
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Christa Peters-Lidard and Paul Newman Elected Fellows of the American Meteorological Society

Congratulations to Dr. Christa Peters-Lidard, Chief of the Hydrological Sciences Laboratory, and Dr. Paul Newman, Chief Scientist for Atmospheres, for being named 2012 Fellows of the American Meteorological Society. Election to grade of Fellow serves as a recognition of their outstanding contributions to the atmospheric or related oceanic or hydrologic sciences, or their applications, during a substantial period of years. A maximum of only two-tenths of one percent of the AMS membership is approved through the Fellow nomination process.
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