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Earth Matters Blog: Early or Late Spring Blooms? Both Affect Asthma

From Wisconsin to Washington D.C., pollen counts were quite high this spring, making seasonal allergies brutal for many people. Recent research shows that changes in the onset of spring—both early and late—can extend allergy misery and lead to more severe asthma for some people.

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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Paper Selected for IEEE Award

The article "An active–passive microwave land surface database from GPM" was selected as the winner of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society 2020 Transactions Prize Paper Award. The Award will be presented at IGARSS 2021 in Brussels, Belgium. Congratulations to authors S. Munchak (612), S. Ringerud (612/UMD), L. Brucker (615/USRA), Y. You, I. de Gelis, and C. Prigent.

Anne Thompson Elected to American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Photo of Anne ThompsonCongratulation to Dr. Anne Thompson on her election to the prestigious American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

Founded in 1780, the American Academy serves the nation as a champion of scholarship, civil dialogue, and useful knowledge. As one of the country’s oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers, the Academy convenes leaders from the academic, business, and government sectors to respond to the challenges facing the nation and the world.

ESD Scientists Featured for NASA Earth Day Campaign

John D. Bolten (617), Doug Morton (618), Lesley Ott (610.2), Bridget Seegers (616/USRA), Ivona Cetinic (616/USRA), Denis Felikson (615/USRA), Liz Hoy (618/GST), Rachel Tilling (615/UMD), and Matt Rodell (610) gave multiple virtual interviews for television stations around the country as part of the NASA Earth Day Campaign, “Earth’s Eyes in the Sky: Celebrate Earth Day with NASA’s World-Wide View.”

Earth Matters Blog: You Better Beleaf it – NASA GLOBE Program to Host 2021 Trees Community Challenge

Through May 15, 2021, the GLOBE Program is hosting the 2021 Trees Community Challenge, a project aimed at making science better together by encouraging participants to collect data and learn about trees.

Schollaert Uz Named a 2020 Arthur S. Fleming Award Recipient

Photo of Stephanie Schollaert UzCongratulations to Dr. Stephanie Schollaert Uz for her 2020 Arthur S. Fleming Award. Named in honor of Arthur S. Flemming, awardees are recognized for excellence in federal service. Dr. Schollaert Uz was recognized in the category of Applied Science and Engineering for her work in "advancing the application of satellite remote sensing through the novel integration of data and models to improve monitoring of water quality." Dr. Schollaert Uz is the Applied Sciences Manager at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center where she leads activities to advance the practical application of NASA data and science by connecting researchers across the Earth Sciences Division with end users, developing external partnerships, and fostering innovative uses of Earth observations for societal benefit. She is also Principal Investigator on an interdisciplinary project exploring ways to apply remote sensing to identify water quality issues for aquaculture in the Chesapeake Bay.

Earth Month at Goddard Begins April 1

Photo of Jim Irons and Gavin SchmidtBeginning April 1, the Goddard Earth Sciences Division will host Earth Month at Goddard – a series of events throughout April featuring some of the center’s world-renowned experts in Earth science.

The first event will feature Earth Sciences Director Dr. James R. Irons and Goddard Institute for Space Studies Chief Dr. Gavin A. Schmidt on Thursday, April 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET as they present “Don’t forget the science! NASA’s contributions to climate policy.”

NASEM Space Science 2021 Public Lecture Focuses on Climate

NASA Senior Climate Advisor Gavin Schmidt delivered the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Space Science Week 2021 Public Lecture, "Climate as Seen from Space."

Bland and Aeropod Team Selected for National FLC Technology Transfer Award

Geoff Bland (610.W) and the Aeropod Team (Ted Miles, Kay Rufty, Andy Henry, and Sallie Smith) have been selected to receive a 2021 Technology Focus Award from the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC). The Technology Focus Award is presented annually to a federal laboratory that has most successfully completed a transfer effort of a featured technology under the Technology Focus initiative.

EarthShine proposal featured on cover of GSFC's Cutting Edge

Cover of Cutting Edge magazine In "Our World as an Exoplanet," Padi Boyd, Emily Wilson, and Alan Smale are featured as they discuss their proposal to use a lunar-surface experiment suite called EarthShine to look at Earth as an exoplanet proxy - a representative of a habitable and inhabited planet we might find orbiting another star.

Earth Sciences Remembers Dr. Franco Einaudi

Photo of Franco EinaudiWe are sad to announce the loss of Dr. Franco Einaudi who passed away on December 10, 2020. Dr. Einaudi served as the Director of the NASA Goddard Earth Sciences Division from 2000 to 2010 after joining Goddard in 1987 and serving in several prior leadership positions. He is remembered with respect and admiration across the Division.

His obituary can be found online here.

Lau Elected Fellow of the AAAS

Dr. William K.M. Lau (GSFC Emeritus and former Deputy Director for Atmospheres) was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS): "For profound contributions to the understanding of atmospheric low frequency oscillations, monsoon dynamics, aerosol-monsoon interaction, and hydroclimate variability and change, through original data analysis and modeling.”

2020 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 Matthew Rodell (610), Gregory Faluvegi (611/CU), Alexei Lyapustin (613), Joanna Joiner (614), Jeffrey Masek (618), Douglas Morton (618), Benjamin Poulter (618), and Eric Vermote (619) for being named to this year's list.

Ralph Kahn Named 2020 AGU Fellow

Congratulations to Dr. Ralph Kahn of the Climate and Radiation Laboratory for his election as a 2020 AGU Fellow. AGU’s announcement states: “The members of this year’s class of Fellows have made exceptional contributions in our Earth and space sciences community through breakthrough, discovery, or innovation in their disciplines. Since 1962, AGU has elected fewer than 0.1% of members to join this prestigious group of individuals.Thanks to their dedication and sacrifice, AGU Fellows serve as global leaders and experts who have propelled our understanding of geosciences.” That describes Ralph perfectly, and we are honored to have another AGU Fellow in the Division.

Rodell Named a Highly Cited Researcher

Congratulations to Matthew Rodell (610) for being named to the 2020 Highly Cited Researcher List by Clarivate Web of Science: “Recognizing the true pioneers in their fields over the last decade, demonstrated by the production of multiple highly cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in the Web of Science.”

AGU Honor Awards

Congratulations to two of SED's scientists, who were awarded AGU Honor Awards. The AGU states, “These individuals embody our shared vision of a thriving, sustainable, and equitable future for all powered by discovery, innovation, and action.”

Dr. Claire L. Parkinson (Code 610) is awarded the Roger Revelle medal. The Roger Revelle Medal is given annually to one AGU honoree in recognition of outstanding contributions in atmospheric sciences, atmosphere-ocean coupling, atmosphere-land coupling, biogeochemical cycles, climate or related aspects of the Earth system.

Dr. Barbara L. Giles (Code 670) is awarded the Edward A. Flinn III Award. The Edward A. Flinn III Award is given annually to mid-career or senior scientists, either individually or in a small group, who personifies AGU’s motto ‘unselfish cooperation in research’ through their facilitating, coordinating, and implementing activities. This award is for the unsung heroes who provide the ideas, motivation, and labors of love that build and maintain the infrastructure without which our science could not flourish.

Code 610 Holds Virtual Hydrosphere, Biosphere, and Geophysics Peer Awards Ceremony

On October 27, 2020, the following Earth Sciences staff members were recognized at the first Virtual Code 610 Hydrosphere, Biosphere, and Geophysics Peer Awards Ceremony:

o Administrative/Business Support: Patricia Cade, Victor Freeman, Ryan Fiora, Stacy Milligan, Judy Strohmaier, Regina Oglesby, Natalie Sharpe, Nicole Ayala, Katrice Tanner
o Career Achievement: Carey Noll (Civil Servant) and Jeffrey Demarzio (Contractor)
o Outreach: Andrea Portier, Earth To Sky Team (Anita Davis (Team Lead), Genevieve de Messieres, John Morris, Ruth Paglierani and Jennetta Giddens)
o Scientific Achievement: Dirk Aurin, Joaquin Chaves, Meng Gao, Andrew Sayer, Ryan Vandermeulen, Robert Emberson, Jessica Erlingis, Michael Jasinski, Thomas Stanley, Carrie Vuyovich, Junchang Ju, David Gordon, Daniel MacMillan
o Scientific/Technical Support: Marco Bagnardi, Shelly Bettinger, Christopher Field, Jeremy Harbeck, John Robbins, John Shepherd, The Instrument Support Facility (Peggy Jester (Team Lead), Jim Golder, Jairo Santana, Jordan Uehara, Kristine Barbieri, Daniel Jackson, Lisa Lee, and William Dehaven), Scott Freeman, Inia Soto Ramos, OCI Science Analysis Team (Shihyan Lee (Team Lead), Jeff Mcintire, Samuel Kitchen-McKinley, Hyeungu Choi, Gene Eplee, Nicholas Collins, and Jim McCarthy), James Geiger, Darcy Gray, Eric Kemp, Brendan McAndrew, Mahdi Navari, Daniel Sarmiento, Natthachet Tangdamrongsub, Jerry Wegiel, Soni Yatheendradas, Jinwoong Yoo, Jason Kraft, Aliaksandr Sinyuk, Shane Hendry, Teresa Pennington, Guoqing Lin

Congratulations to all!

Code 610 Holds Virtual Atmospheres Peer Awards Ceremony

On October 16, 2020, the following Earth Sciences staff members were recognized at the first Virtual Code 610 Atmospheres Peer Awards Ceremony:

o Best Senior Author Publication: Ukkyo Jeong, Stacey Frith
o Best Science Highlight or Nugget: Yaping Zhou, Lok Lamsal and OMI NO2 Team
o Distinguished Contribution Group Award: SHADOZ Ozonesonde Dropoff Team (Ryan Stauffer, Debra Kollonige, Henry Selkirk)
o COVID-19 NO2 Web Development and Content Group: Lok Lamsal, Yasuko Yoshida, Zachary Fasnacht, Sungyeon Choi, Keith Evans, Fei Liu, Can Li
o Special Recognition Award: Thomas Northam, Patty McCaughey, Scott Braun, Laurence Twigg
o Outstanding Performance – Science: Jackson Tan, Eric Fleming
o Engineering and/or Instrument Development or Support: Nader Abuhassan
o Technical or Field Campaign Support: Rachael Kroodsma, Peter Pantina, Charles Helms
o Science Software Development: Jasper Lewis, Yujie Wang
o IT or Web Support: Christopher Wright (613 IT Support Team: Corey Bettenhausen, Perry Collins, Horace Payne and Ashley Barrientos)
o Outreach or Mentoring: Robert Swap, Robert Levy, Selwyn Hudson-Odoi
o Administrative or Business Support: Kelly Gillis, Jacqueline Haywood, Cathy Newman, Lindy Whetzel
o Special Recognition during COVID-19: Corey Bettenhausen

Congratulations to all!

Earth Matters Blog: Hurricane Resources for an Active Atlantic Season

Accessing NASA data to track and research these events can sometimes feel like a maze. For a comprehensive starting point, Earthdata has a new Cyclones Data Pathfinder summarizing the data available for pre-assessing storms, making near real-time assessments, and conducting post-storm analysis. There is clear information on where to find and easily visualize those datasets.

Tan Selected for AMS Editor's Award

The Council of the American Meteorological Society voted to award Jackson Tan (613/USRA) an Editor’s Award for his reviews in the Journal of Hydrometeorology. The citation reads “For insightful and timely reviews of numerous manuscripts in the field of precipitation remote sensing.”

Gong Receives Citation for Excellence in Refereeing

Each year, the American Geophysical Union publications department recognizes outstanding reviewers selected by the editors of each AGU journal. Congratulations to Dr. Jie Gong (613/USRA) for her selection for the 2019 AGU Editors' citation for excellence in refereeing for Geophysical Research Letters.

U.S. Patent Awarded for Detecting Hydroxyl

Steven A. Bailey (550) and Thomas F. Hanisco (614) were awarded a patent for their method to detect OH (hydroxyl radicals) in an atmosphere. U.S. Patent Number: 10697890 is entitled “Apparatus and Method of Hydroxyl Detection” and was awarded on June 30, 2020. The patent came from their research on hydroxyl radiometers.

Earth Matters Blog: NASA, ESA, and JAXA Provide Global Observations of COVID-19 Impacts

NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have joined forces to create the COVID-19 Earth Observation Dashboard. The web platform combines the collective scientific power of the agencies’ Earth-observing satellites to document changes in the environment and society in response to the pandemic.

Dr. Joanna Joiner Named Recipient of 2020 William Nordberg Memorial Award for Earth Science

We are thrilled to announce the selection of Dr. Joanna Joiner as the 2020 William Nordberg Memorial Award for Earth Science winner.

Dr. Joiner is being recognized for exceptional scientific breakthroughs and leadership in the remote sensing of clouds, trace gases, and photosynthesis.

Dr. Joiner serves as Deputy Project Scientist for the NASA EOS Aura satellite and is the lead for the U.S. OMI Science Team, managing the core team that provides critical support for OMI science team members and the wider user community. Together with her international co-Leads, Dr. Joiner accepted the 2018 USGS Pecora Award on behalf of the entire OMI Science Team.

Of particular note is Dr. Joiner’s innovative application of inelastic rotational Raman scattering (the Ring Effect) in UV remote sensing to derive trace-gas vertical profiles and to measure the Solar Induced Fluorescence (SIF) of chlorophyll as a means of estimating gross primary production (GPP) over land surfaces. These contributions, and insights that have produced additional improvements to SO2 retrieval, represent major advances in the field of UV remote sensing, having wide practical implications.

Dr. Joiner 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.

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