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Earth Expeditions Blog: A New Flame- Airborne Campaign the First to Sample Borneo Fire Smoke in Detail

09/16/2019
Read about the Cloud, Aerosol, and Monsoon Processes Philippines Experiment (CAMP2Ex) studying the impact of smoke from fires and pollution on clouds.

Douglass Receives 2020 AMS Joanne Simpson Mentorship Award

08/07/2019
photo of Anne DouglassCongratulations to Dr. Anne Douglass for being named recipient of the 2020 AMS Joanne Simpson Mentorship Award. Her citation reads: "For patient guidance and boundless encouragement of young scientists, and for leading by example as a researcher, writer, and project scientist." Her award will be presented at the 100th AMS Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, in January 2020. Congratulations to Anne on this honor and for continuing Dr. Joanne Simpson's legacy of mentorship at GSFC.

Notes from the Field Blog: Supporting Quality Insurance for Farmers with Earth Observation Data

07/10/2019
Scientists gathered in Kenya to discuss how satellite data can best be used to promote farmer and pastoralist resilience to drought.

Earth Matters Blog: Watching the 2019 Women's World Cup from Space

07/02/2019
Millions of people have been watching the 2019 Women's World Cup in France, setting a record number for viewers. At least three of those spectators are watching from space.

EO On This Day

06/26/2019
In honor of our 20th anniversary, we offer a selection of some of the most beautiful, newsworthy, interesting, and scientifically important images from the past 20 years — one for each day of the calendar year.

Arctic Research Highlighted in The Washington Post

06/13/2019
In The Washington Post article "Adrift in the Arctic," Dr. Melinda Webster of the Cryospheric Sciences Laboratory discusses the upcoming Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC) campaign and its importance for understanding our Earth and how it is changing.

Earth Matters Blog: A Bit Less of Excelsior Glacier in Photographs

06/11/2019
In a recent article, we showed satellite imagery of the dramatic retreat of Alaska’s Excelsior Glacier over the past two decades. The glacier has shortened by 30 percent since 1994, primarily due to rising temperatures and calving. What was once ice is now a pool of meltwater called Big Johnstone Lake. Images collected closer to the ground also show dramatic change.

Earth Matters Blog: Spreading Grasslands — Not Homo erectus — Wiped Out Africa’s Big Animals

06/06/2019
Seven million years ago, some truly spectacular creatures roamed the woodlands of East Africa.

NASA Hurricane 2019 Precipitation Mission Resources

06/05/2019
NASA has a unique and important view of hurricanes around the planet. Satellites and aircraft watch as storms form, travel across the ocean and sometimes, make landfall. After the hurricanes have passed, the satellites and aircraft see the aftermath of hurricanes, from downed forests to mass power loss.

Bolten Receives a 2018 Arthur S. Flemming Award

06/04/2019

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.

Notes from the Field Blog: On the Ground in Belize to Improve How Satellites “See” Water Quality from Space

06/03/2019
Belize is a small Central American country whose people pride themselves on trying to maintain a balance between development and conservation.

Earth Matters Blog: Follow Lewis and Clark as a Citizen Scientist

05/30/2019
NASA and the National Park Service are encouraging the public to follow in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark through a new citizen science challenge.

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.
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