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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.

Study Promoted by NDIS

The National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) issued a news release on a new study by David Mocko (SSAI/617), Sujay Kumar (617), Christa Peters-Lidard (610), and Shugong Wang (SSAI/617) relating to the important role land surface models play in monitoring and forecasting drought.

Earth Expeditions Blog: SnowEx Scientist Finds her Love of Snow Science on the Slopes

Being a snow scientist is an interesting career. Growing up in a small town in Montana, I was immersed in snow. But I saw it as one set thing—a blanket, unmoving, a cold, white mass. Only far later in life did I learn what a changing and integral role snow plays in our day-to-day life. Snow drives the winter economies of most Western states, acts as water reservoirs for those same regions and far beyond and is a fundamental part of life—whether we see it fall on our city streets or not.

Cho and Vuyovich Receive Editors' Choice Award

Congratulations to Eunsang Cho (617/UMD) and Carrie Vuyovich (617) for receiving the Water Resources Research Editors’ Choice Award, which was highlighted at the AGU Hydrology Section business meeting at the AGU Fall meeting.

Kim Member of Team Awarded NOAA Bronze Medal Award

A multi-agency group including Edward Kim (617) was recently awarded a NOAA Bronze Medal, the highest honor that can be granted by NOAA's administrator. The group also included Karen St. Germain, our new HQ Earth Science Division Director, Harry Cikanek, the Director of the NOAA Center for Satellite Applications and Research, Mitch Goldberg, JPSS Program Scientist, and Jeff Piepmeier (555), among others. The team was nominated by the Office of Under Secretary "for conducting a study on the potential effects of 5G interference on the 24GHz remote sensing band, and working closely with the NOAA Acting Administrator and Department of Commerce leadership to communicate the risks to satellite remote sensing and weather prediction if safeguards are not in place."

Earth Day Countdown Blog: T-8–Water for Crops

As the climate of our home planet changes, some places are drying out and others are getting wetter, including the land producing the food we eat.

Earth Day Countdown: T-20–Monitoring Drought from Space

NASA researchers have partnered with the University of Nebraska, which works with U.S. and international groups, to develop and distribute tools for monitoring drought from space.

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 Expeditions: A Breathtaking View – Literally

After visiting with part of the SnowEx 2020 airborne team, we headed up the mountain to rendezvous with the ground team, stationed at Grand Mesa Lodge.

Earth Expeditions: Snow Science Two Miles in the Sky

At a majestic 10,500 feet elevation, Grand Mesa is the world’s tallest mesa, or flat-topped mountain. It’s also the site of an intense month of data collection by NASA’s SnowEx 2020, a ground and airborne campaign testing a variety of instruments that measure the water contained in winter snowpack.

Bolten Interviewed on ABC Radio National

John Bolten gave a live interview for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Radio National Late Night Live story, "Disappearing Water." He discussed the efforts by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and NASA's Applied Sciences Program to monitor and address the Australian wildfires. He also discussed SMAP and GRACE applications for improved water resource management and activities by NASA's Earth Science Division to study changing climate and extreme events.

United States Hydrologic trends (1980-2015) data product released using the National Climate Assessment - Land Data Assimilation Version 2.0 (NCA-LDAS V2.0)

The Hydrological Sciences Laboratory and the Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC) has released the National Climate Assessment - Land Data Assimilation Version 2.0 (NCA-LDAS V2.0) hydrologic trends data product. The data product consists of annual trends in 15 terrestrial water and energy balance components over the conterminous U.S., created using the NCA-LDAS v2.0 daily dataset for the water years 1980-2015.

ICESat-2’s Inland Water Data Product (ATL13), Version 2, released

ICESat-2’s most recent Inland Water Data Product (ATL13 v2) was released in December 2019. ATL13 v2 now provides water height statistics, significant wave height, and associated subsurface data for global water bodies including lakes, reservoirs, estuaries, bays, and a 7 km near-shore buffer. In addition to more accurate products, ATL13 v2 further includes a new coarse resolution water depth product, where meteorology and water properties permit. Data products and supporting technical information are available from the National Snow and Ice Data Center.

Rodell selected as Associate Deputy Director for Hydrosphere, Biosphere, and Geophysics

Congratulations to Laboratory Chief Matthew Rodell on his selection as the new Associate Deputy Director for Hydrosphere, Biosphere, and Geophysics (HBG) in the Earth Sciences Division. His appointment is effective December 8, 2019.

LIS and SMAP Teams Transition to Operations

Congratulations to the LIS and SMAP teams on the successful transition to operations. LIS version 7.2 went operational on November 19, 2019, at the U.S. Air Force, which enables the near real-time assimilation of SMAP data in their operations.

2019 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers

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 Greg Faluvegi (611/CU), Cynthia Rosenzweig (611), Alex Ruane (611), Joanna Joiner (614), Matthew Rodell (617), Jeffrey Masek (618), Douglas Morton (618), and Benjamin Poulter (618),

Laboratory Scientists Participate in NASA–Rio Partnership

NASA and the city of Rio de Janeiro are working together to connect the use of Earth observation to the urban scale for disaster modeling, crisis response, and city management.

FY2019 SECP graduates

Goddard’s Science and Engineering Collaboration Program (SECP) serves as a training ground for future lead engineers and principal investigators. The SECP was created to bridge the gap between the GSFC scientific and engineering communities to strengthen engineers’ understanding of the programs and culture within Code 600, increase scientists’ understanding of the resources available within Code 500 for developing new concepts, and to foster collaboration between Code 500 and Code 600 on new space flight technology ideas and concepts. William Brinckerhoff (690) and Rajat Bindlish (617) “graduated” from the program on October 9.
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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.

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