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Earth Matters Blog: Vanguard II Turns 60

04/23/2019
While the now silent Vanguard II continues to orbit the Earth, its back-up brother has been restored and mounted in the Goddard Space Flight Center’s Earth Sciences building’s atrium.

AIRS/GISTEMP Study Receives News Release and Media Attention

04/17/2019
A recent study by Joel Susskind (610), Gavin Schmidt (611), Jae Lee (613), and Lena Iredell (610.2) confirming global warming trends was featured in a press release from the publisher and articles in publications such as Newsweek, U.S. News & World Reports, and The Washington Post.

Our Years With Piers

04/02/2019
photo of Compton Tucker speaking at a podium in front of a large photo of Piers on a spacewalk
On March 29, 2019, Piers Sellers’s friends and colleagues at Goddard celebrated his life and work with a colloquium: “Our Years with Piers.” Host Compton Tucker reminisced about decades of friendship with the beloved scientist, astronaut and science communicator. Musicians also performed a unique composition inspired by Sellers’ observations in space. Guy Sellers, Piers’ brother, recounted their childhood in Britain and colleagues traveled from near and far to participate in the symposium.

Poster Blowout 2019 is in the books!

02/27/2019
photo of people at the poster party

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

Photo-Essay Book Published

02/20/2019
The Earth Observatory Group (613/SSAI), in collaboration with the NASA HQ Applied Sciences Program, published a new photo-essay book, "Earth." The book is available in various digital formats (web, PDF, ePub, Kindle).

Earth Matters Blog: Shutdown Catch Up Edition

02/07/2019
NASA was mostly shut down for January 2019, but Earth wasn’t. In case you missed it, here are some of the big stories we didn’t cover during the impasse.

Newman and Kirschbaum are President-elects

10/19/2018
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.

Parkinson Inducted Into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

10/06/2018
Senior Climate Scientist Claire Parkinson was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, in a ceremony held at Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts on October 6. “It is both a wonderful honor and a wonderful opportunity to be elected into the American Academy, which was founded by John Adams and others in 1780, during the American Revolution, with the purpose of cultivating ‘every art and science which may tend to advance the interest, honor, dignity, and happiness of a free, independent, and virtuous people’,” Parkinson said. “The Academy undertakes many important studies on a wide range of interdisciplinary topics, one this year being on Science and the Legal System.”

ICESat-2 Launch Information

09/11/2018
Whether you’re heading to California for the ICESat-2 launch, or hosting a launch viewing party from afar, discover activities to help celebrate!

Peters-Lidard, Schmidt, and Hall selected as AGU Fellows

08/09/2018
Congratulations to Christa Peters-Lidard, Gavin Schmidt, and Dorothy Hall on their selection as 2018 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fellows. The honor recognizes their “visionary leadership and scientific excellence (that) have fundamentally advanced research in their respective fields.”

Newman and Brucker Selected for AGU Awards

08/09/2018
Congratulations to Paul Newman and Ludovic Brucker for their recently announced American Geophysical Union awards. Newman was selected for the Jule Gregory Charney Lecture and Brucker was selected for the Cryosphere Early Career Award.

Braun and Huffman named 2019 AMS Fellows

07/26/2018
Congratulations to Scott Braun and George Huffman on their selection as Fellows of the American Meteorological Society (AMS). They will receive their honors at the 99th AMS Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona during the week of January 6–10, 2019.

Earth Matters Blog: The Trouble with Climate Feedbacks

07/19/2018
A posthumous plea for more satellite observations of carbon arrived this week from astronaut and scientist Piers Sellers.

Congratulations Anne Thompson, 2018 Nordberg Award Winner

06/29/2018
We are thrilled to announce the selection of Anne Thompson as the 2018 Nordberg Award winner. Anne’s incredibly wide ranging research and service, nationally and internationally, makes her such a deserving recipient of this award. Although her research focuses on tropospheric chemistry, it has spanned a broad realm of Earth Science, including seminar work in air/sea exchange of trace gases, the importance of stratosphere-troposphere exchange for ozone, and the interconnection of atmospheric composition and climate. Anne has spent a large part of her time in the chemistry lab as well as in the field, characterizing the distribution of tropospheric ozone from satellites and ground-based measurements.

Anne has been President of the Commission on Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Pollution where she led efforts to coordinate global research. She is Co-Chair of the Steering Committee for the Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change. Anne is a Fellow of the AMS, AGU and AAAS and she has been elected President of the Atmospheric Sciences Section of the AGU and AMS Councils.

Anne engages people and brings them together to form measurement networks. She has been a driving force in forging the link between ground, suborbital and satellite observations in ozone. Somehow, Anne has also managed to put the training of young scientists in the US and abroad on the front-burner as well. Her research has resulted in more than 260 referred papers and an H-index of >54. Anne is a leader of people, technology and science.

Congratulations Anne!

Claire Parkinson Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

04/19/2018
photo of Claire Parkinson in Antarctica
Claire Parkinson in Antarctica

Claire Parkinson has been elected to the prestigious American Academy of Arts and 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.

Congratulations Claire!

610 Supports "Celebrate Earth Day with NASA" at Union Station

04/19/2018
Many 610 colleagues joined other NASA scientists, educators, and astronauts to demonstrate to the public how NASA gives us a better understanding of our home planet.

World Resources Institute and National Geographic Society launch of Resource Watch

04/11/2018
Stephanie Schollaert Uz was an invited partner to the World Resources Institute launch of Resource Watch at the National Geographic in Washington, DC. 'Open Data in a Closing World’ showcased examples of using Resource Watch to monitor the planet’s pulse using NASA and other data in a user-friendly portal that can be easily shared. The event included accomplished speakers and engaging panel discussions on using technology toward a sustainable future and how to use data to convey narratives from the numbers.

Poster Blowout 2018

02/05/2018
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.
Best,
Colleen


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Newman and NASA Goddard Receive United Nations' Highest Environmental Honor

12/06/2017


Paul Newman and NASA Goddard received the United Nations' highest environmental honor - the 'Champions of the Earth' award. The award was announced Dec. 5 during the UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya.

Newman and NASA Goddard received the award for their contributions to the Montreal Protocol, which resulted in a reduction of 99% of the substances which deplete the ozone layer, promoting its recovery.

Newman receives Ozone Heroes: Scientific Leadership Award

11/29/2017

Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and former Executive Director of UN Environment, with recipients of the scientific leadership awards. Newman is the third from the right. Photo credit: Francis Dejon | IISD/ENB

Paul Newman received the Scientific Leadership Award during the Montreal Protocol 30th Anniversary Awards Honour Ozone Heroes on 24 November. The awards ceremony was co-hosted by UN Environment Champion of the Earth for 2016, Leyla Acaroglu; award-winning CEO of PCI Media Impact, Sean Southey; and Grammy Awards nominee Rocky Dawuni, a Goodwill Ambassador of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, who also delivered a musical performance at the event.

The awardees were nominated for their awards and selected by an international jury comprising eminent environmental leaders based on the recommendations of a technical screening committee made up of experienced ozone experts from around the world.

The Ozone Secretariat only facilitated the process and was not involved in the evaluation and selection of the awardees.

“I congratulate all the recipients of the awards for their extraordinary commitment and unwavering dedication to the Montreal Protocol. We also honour the contribution made by each individual, group, organization, and country towards making the Montreal Protocol a highly successful global environmental agreement that is protecting all life on Earth. We are all winners. We are all ozone heroes,” said Tina Birmpili, head of the Ozone Secretariat.

Darrel L. Williams wins 2017 Pecora Award

11/15/2017
photo of Dr. WilliamsDarrel L. Williams has won the 2017 William T. Pecora Award. The Pecora Award is presented annually to recognize outstanding contributions by individuals or teams using remote sensing to understand the Earth, educate the next generation of scientists, inform decision makers or support natural or human-induced disaster response. The citation for Darrel Williams reads: For outstanding contributions toward understanding terrestrial ecosystems by means of Landsat remote sensing. Dr. Williams’ career has been dedicated to development and advancement of digital remote sensing and the Landsat program in particular, as envisioned by William Pecora and Secretary Udall a half-century ago. In stature and achievements, he lives in the true spirit of the USGS/NASA Pecora award and deserves the recognition that this award is intended to honor.

New NASA Disaster Response Blog

09/25/2017
When disasters strike, our Earth Science Disasters Program harnesses the power of space to aid response and recovery efforts around the world.

Kirschbaum Awarded a 2016 Arthur S. Flemming Award

05/25/2017

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."

Kirschbaum and Roman Named as Presidential Early Career Award Recipients

01/10/2017
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.

Piers Sellers: A Legacy of Science

12/24/2016
Piers Sellers, who passed away on Dec. 23 more than a year after learning he had pancreatic cancer, leaves behind a dynamic legacy at NASA.

As an astronaut he helped build the International Space Station. As a manager he helped lead hundreds of scientists. And as a public figure he was an inspiration to many for his optimistic take on humanity's ability to confront Earth's changing climate.

But his most lasting contributions will be in the field where he began his career: science.

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