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Kumar Named a 2022 Arthur S. Fleming Award Recipient

Photo of Dr. Sujay KumarCongratulations to Dr. Sujay Kumar for his 2022 Arthur S. Fleming Award. Named in honor of Arthur S. Flemming, awardees are recognized for excellence in federal service. Dr. Kumar was recognized in the category of Applied Science and Engineering. Dr. Kumar researches Earth remote sensing measurement and modeling within NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Hydrological Sciences Lab. For the past 20 years, he has led the development of the Land Information System (LIS) modeling system, which is used worldwide in applications of water resources management, food security assessments, and flood and drought monitoring and prediction.

Liu Ground Water Paper is a 2022 Top 25 Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences Article

Pang-Wei Liu’s (617/SSAI) publication is awarded as one of the Top 25 most downloaded papers for 2022 in Nature Communications in the category of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences. The paper is titled “Groundwater depletion in California’s Central Valley accelerates during megadrought.” Rajat Bindlish (617) and Matt Rodell (610) are co-authors. The paper uses GRACE and GRACE-FO data to estimate groundwater variations in Central Valley, California, during 2003-2021. The study quantified groundwater loss rates during the period and found that the groundwater depletion is accelerating.

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 david.b.considine@nasa.gov; 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: https://go.nasa.gov/TAARFI4VCW
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Lab Members Attend UN Water Conference

Sujay Kumar (617) and Perry Oddo (617/SSAI) attended the UN water conference at the United Nations Headquarters in New York as part of the NASA team within the US Government delegation. This is the first major international conference on water held by the UN in 46 years with more than 10,000 people attending.

Water Study in the News

In their study published in Nature Water, Matt Rodell (610) and Bailing Li (617/UMD) examined 20 years of data from the GRACE and GRACE-FO satellites to identify extreme wet and dry events. Articles highlighting this study appeared in many publications, including the Associated Press, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and CNN.

SnowEx 2023 Tundra and Boreal Forest Campaign

Lab members are supporting the SnowEx airborne campaign taking place in the tundra and boreal forest regions of Alaska.

Peters-Lidard Elected Member of National Academy of Engineering

Congratulations to Dr. Christa Peters-Lidard, Director of the Sciences and Exploration Directorate, for being named one of three NASA-affiliated newly-elected members of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Election to the NAE is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Dr. Peters-Lidard was honored for contributions to understanding land-atmosphere interactions, soil moisture monitoring and modeling, and leadership in Earth system modeling.

Global Reach of Water Research

Perry Oddo (617/SSAI) is featured in an Applied Sciences profile for his work on the NASA International Water Strategy and his service to the U.S. Department of State and White House as a NASA representative.

NASA GLOBE Land Cover Challenge 2022: Land Cover in a Changing Climate

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.

Landslides Team Supports South Africa Flood Response

The Goddard Landslides team assisted the UN World Food Programme by analyzing satellite imagery and developing maps of potential landslide locations for April/May 2022 flood events in South Africa.

Lab Members Participate in SMAPVEX22

Abheera Hazra (617/UMD) and Brendan McAndrew (617/SSAI) participated in the SMAPVEX22 field campaign’s first intensive observing period (IOP) in western Massachusetts. During IOP #1, participants collected measurements of soil moisture, vegetation structure, and surface roughness to improve SMAP soil moisture and vegetation optical depth retrievals over forested areas. The field campaign was led by JPL in collaboration with USDA and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst Microwave Remote Sensing Laboratory. A second IOP is scheduled for July 2022.

Kirschbaum Named Earth Sciences Division Director

Congratulations to Dr. Dalia Kirschbaum on her appointment as the Director of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s (GSFC) Earth Sciences Division. Dalia currently serves as the Chief of the Hydrological Sciences Laboratory (Code 617), where she leads an interdisciplinary Earth system science lab at GSFC, conducting large-scale hydrological science research using data from NASA’s satellites, land surface models, and fieldwork.

GLOBE Blog Highlights Groundwater for World Water Day 2022

Dr. Matthew Rodell (610/NASA) and Dr. Denise "Skye" Yost (GLOBE Implementation Office) discuss groundwater, the theme for World Water Day 2022.

Earth Expeditions Blog: Skier, Mountaineer, Snow Scientist – In the Field with the Women of SnowEx

Women in cryosphere sciences – whether on the path of data scientist, glacier researcher, or avalanche forecaster – are few and far between.

Kirschbaum Receives 2022 NOAA-David Johnson Award

Dr. Dalia Kirschbaum has been named as the National Space Club and Foundation's 2022 NOAA-David Johnson Award recipient. The award will be presented at the 65th Annual Dr. Robert H. Goddard Memorial Dinner on March 18, 2022. Congratulations, Dalia!

NASA PBL Technology in the News

Various science news outlets such as Physics.org and Meteorological Technology International carried the recent NASA story about Dr. Antonia Gambacorta (613) and Dr. Joseph Santanello (617) developing new technology to study the Earth's planetary boundary layer (PL).

Kumar Receives American Meteorological Society (AMS) Award

Sujay Kumar was awarded the American Meteorological Society’s Scientific and Technical Activities Commission (STAC) award for leading the organization of the 35th conference in Hydrology in 2021.

HyMPI Project in Cutting Edge

Antonia Gambacorta (613) and co-investigators of the Hyperspectral Microwave Photonic Instrument (HyMPI) project Mark Stephen (REP from 550), Fabrizio Gambini (554/UMBC) and Joe Santanello (617) were interviewed for an article in the latest edition of CuttingEdge. Hyperspectral microwave measurements hold promise to significantly improve our understanding of the Planetary Boundary Layer and improve extreme weather forecasting. New optical processing technology brings the ability to gather hundreds or thousands of frequencies within reach.

Climate People Profile Features Alicia Joseph

Alicia Joseph (617) was featured in a Climate People Profile for her multifaceted work on soil moisture, STEM engagement and leadership of the MAINSES program.

SLAP in Spain for LIAISE Field Campaign

Goddard's Scanning L-band Active Passive (SLAP) airborne soil moisture sensor is participating in the European Land surface Interactions with the Atmosphere over the Iberian Semi-arid Environment (LIAISE) campaign, with applications to Planetary Boundary Layer and related science. Ed Kim (617), Hessam Izadkhah (617/Aerotek), Albert Wu (61A/ATA Aerospace), and NASA Langley's B200 aircraft are currently in Spain for the campaign.

Earth Matters Blog: NASA Supports Drought Resilience in the American West

The American West is in the grip of an exceptional drought. Following one of the planet’s hottest years on record — and with rainfall and snowfall in the western U.S. well below average — water managers, policymakers, government agencies, and scientists are facing strapped water supplies and anticipating potentially devastating wildfires.

Division Scientists Provide ARSET Training

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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Create Together Season 2 Focuses on Nature

Dalia Kirschbaum (617) gave an interview about climate change and natural disasters for the YouTube series Create Together hosted by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Monitoring NLDAS ground temperatures for cicada emergence

David Mocko (617/SAIC) and Eric Kemp (617/SSAI) wrote a LIS blog post on using simulated near real-time NLDAS-2 soil temperatures as a proxy method for monitoring Brood X cicada emergence in Maryland. Figures (updated daily) show a map as well as time series of soil temperatures centered over/at GSFC. These figures are produced only for local interest, and do not represent any official cicada emergence monitoring or forecast.

Australian Rainfall Featured on Web and Social Media

The GPM website and @NASA Atmosphere social media recently featured IMERG visualizations depicting precipitation totals from recent flooding rainfalls in Australia.

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