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Rodell and Tao named Class of 2022 AGU Fellows

09/19/2022
We are happy to announce Dr. Matthew Rodell and Dr. Wei-Kuo Tao have been elected to the Class of 2022 AGU Fellows. This is a tremendous acknowledgement of their significant scientific achievements and contributions to the broader community. Congratulations to Matt and Wei-Kuo for this well-earned honor!

Dr. George Huffman Named Recipient of 2022 William Nordberg Memorial Award for Earth Science

08/11/2022
George Huffman speaking in front of a video screenWe are thrilled to announce the selection of Dr. George Huffman as the 2022 William Nordberg Memorial Award for Earth Science winner.

Dr. Huffman is being recognized for outstanding contributions to, and leadership of, algorithm development, science, and applications of the TRMM and GPM multi-satellite precipitation analyses.

Dr. Huffman received his B.S. in Physics at The Ohio State University (1976) and a Ph.D. in Meteorology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1982). He then was an Assistant Professor at University of Maryland, College Park, then moved to GSFC in 1988, where he consulted until entering government service in 2012. Dr. Huffman’s primary focus has been the design, implementation, and extension of combined (satellite-gauge) estimates of global precipitation. The resulting data sets include the Global Precipitation Climatology Project (GPCP) monthly and daily products (carried out as a contribution to the World Climate Research Program, WCRP); the NASA Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) Multi-satellite Precipitation Analysis; and the successor NASA Global Precipitation Measurements (GPM) mission’s Integrated Multi-satellitE Retrievals for GPM (IMERG). Allied work includes estimating errors and extreme precipitation event statistics. Dr. Huffman is the Project Scientist for GPM, as well as the lead for the GPM Multi-satellite Algorithm Team. His research has resulted in 145 publications, 15 as first author, and numerous presentations. As well, he is the Chief for the Mesoscale Atmospheric Processes Lab, Code 612, at GSFC. Recent awards include NASA/GSFC Special Act Team Award, Earth Sciences Division Lab Management, 2021; NASA/GSFC Robert H. Goddard Group Award for Science, IMERG Development Team, 2019; Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, 2019; and NASA Exceptional Service Medal, 2018.

George will be presented with the William Nordberg Memorial Award during a future Scientific Colloquium.

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

07/26/2022
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.

Earth Expeditions Blog: Planning, Coordinating and Communicating – The Science Behind Winter Storm Chasing Experiments

02/25/2022
As the snowstorm headed through New York on February 24, one professor at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York spent the hours leading up to it preparing his students to head right into the storm.

Earth Expeditions Blog: Storm Chasing Scientists Fly Into the Clouds to Understand Winter Snowstorms

02/23/2022
Imagine the feeling of flying on an airplane. Smooth sailing, clear skies, not a cloud in sight. It’s a relaxing ride that many take for work or recreational travel. Now imagine flying through clouds, with the turbulence of different intensities...

Earth Expeditions Blog: Up, up and away – Launching Balloons in a Blizzard

02/07/2022
Andrew Janiszeski and Troy Zaremba blow up a weather balloon in a dark hotel lobby. The weather was calm last night when they drove into Plymouth, Massachusetts, but this morning a blizzard is raging outside. Snow is piling up in the hotel parking lot, wind gusts are near 70mph, and the power is out – but they have a job to do...

2022 IMPACTS Winter Field Campaign Begins

01/10/2022
Various personnel are supporting the Investigation of Microphysics and Precipitation for Atlantic Coast-Threatening Snowstorms (IMPACTS) field campaign. Follow along at the SnowIMPACTS Twitter feed (maintained by Univ. of Washington) or learn more here.

Lang Highlights India's 2021 Monsoon

11/09/2021
Stephen Lang (612/SSAI) wrote an article using IMERG to examine precipitation patterns for the 2021 monsoon in India. The article was shared to web and social media by Jacob Reed (617/Telophase).

2021 610AT Peer Awards Announced

11/05/2021
On November 5, 2021, ESD's Atmospheres organization hosted a virtual awards ceremony with 134 attendees. The following employees were awarded a 2021 610AT Peer Award — Best Senior Author Publication: Sampa Das (614/UMD) and Lauren Zamora (613/UMD); Best Science Highlight or Nugget: Ryan Kramer (613/UMBC) and Lisa Milani (612/UMD); Distinguished Contribution Group Award: Wallops Airborne Topographic Mapper team (ATM), James K. Yungel (615/SSAI), Serdar S. Manizade (615/SSAI), Matthew A. Linkswiler (615/SSAI), Kyle A. Krabill (840), Craig Swenson (615/SSAI), Alexey Chibisov (615/SSAI), Carl Schirtzinger (615/ASRC), and Michael Studinger (615); Technical or Field Campaign Support: Theresa Graydus (610.W/ASRC), Carl Schirtzinger (615/ASRC), and Brian Lowe (610/Peraton), Kenneth Christian (612/UMD), and Alexander Kotsakis (614/USRA); Outstanding performance Science: David Haffner (614/SSAI), Melanie Follette-Cook (614/MSU), Toshihisa Matsui (612/UMD), and Daeho Jin (613/USRA); Engineering and/or Instrument Development or Support: Jason St Clair (614/UMBC); Science Software Development: Zachary Fasnacht (614/SSAI) and Liang-Kang Huang (614/SSAI); IT or Web Support: Paul Hubanks (613/ADNET) and Ashley Barrientos (610/ADNET); Administrative or Business Support: Marion August (613/X3M); Outreach or Mentoring: Dorian Janney (612/ADNET), Santiago Gasso, (613/UMD), Emily Wilson (610), and Ralph Kahn (613); Special Recognition Award: Mariel Friberg (613/UMD), Lara Clemence (610/GST), and Tamas Varnai (613/UMBC); Special Recognition during COVID-19: Gerald McIntire (612/KBRwyle).

Janney Writes Blog for GLOBE Program

10/05/2021
Dorian Janney (612/ADNET) wrote a blog entitled “Exploring Engineering Solutions for a Changing Climate with NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement mission” for The GLOBE Program website. This blog was shared through several channels, including The Space Foundation’s Teacher Liaisons and Solar System Ambassadors.

Loss of Dr. Gail Skofronick-Jackson

09/09/2021
Photo of Dr. Gail Skofronick-Jackson
We are mourning the sudden loss of Dr. Gail Skofronick-Jackson. Gail has been part of NASA's Earth Science Program since 1997. She began her NASA career at Goddard Space Flight Center before she accepted a position as Program Manager of the Weather Focus Area within the HQ Earth Science Division in 2018. At Goddard she served as Chief of the NASA Goddard Mesoscale Atmospheric Processes Laboratory, and as Project Scientist for the NASA Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission. She was a brilliant, deeply principled and passionate scientist, and a beloved co-worker and friend. Her impact lives on in our work.

Read a tribute to Gail on the International Precipitation Working Group (IPWG) website.

Chin and Heymsfield Elected AMS Fellows

08/09/2021
Congratulations to Mian Chin (614) and Gerry Heymsfield (612) on their selection as Fellows of the American Meteorological Society (AMS). They will receive their honors at the AMS Annual Meeting in Houston, Texas, during the week of January 23–27, 2022.

Division Scientists Provide ARSET Training

05/27/2021
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

05/07/2021
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.

Australian Rainfall Featured on Web and Social Media

03/23/2021
The GPM website and @NASA Atmosphere social media recently featured IMERG visualizations depicting precipitation totals from recent flooding rainfalls in Australia.

GPM and Precipitation Education Featured on Purdue University YouTube Channel

07/02/2020
Dorian Janney (612/ADNET) discussed GPM and precipitation education resources on Purdue University’s College of Science “Inspiring Ideas for the Classroom on the Superheroes of Science” YouTube channel.

GPM IMERG Amimation Measures Rainfall from Tropical Storm Cristobal

06/15/2020
GPM animation shows NASA IMERG rain rates and accumulations alongside the NOAA low-pressure center track of Tropical Storm Amanda/Cristobal from May 29 to June 10, 2020.

Revisiting Hurricane Dorian

05/29/2020
As we prepare for the start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season on June 1st, take a look at 2019’s Hurricane Dorian and how NASA and partner satellites tracked the storm and its impacts to aid response and recovery efforts in the Bahamas.

GPM Sees Cyclone Amphan Approach India

05/22/2020
NASA monitored the heavy rain associated with Tropical Cyclone Amphan as it made landfall.

Coronavirus Impacts Field Work

03/27/2020
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 Day Countdown Blog: T-29–20 Years of Precipitation from Space

03/24/2020
For two decades, NASA has had a global view of precipitation from space. Using measurements from the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission and the Global Precipitation Measurement mission – a joint effort with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) – a computer model creates a four-dimensional view of rain, snow, sleet and storms.

Drought Impact on Australia's Fire Season Highlighted

03/16/2020
Stephen Lang (612/SSAI) wrote an article on the impact of drought conditions on the Australia fire season as seen by the GPM IMERG global precipitation product.

Earth Expeditions: Prepping for a High Altitude Flight

03/12/2020
As the Deputy Project Manager for the NASA IMPACTS project (Investigation of Microphysics and Precipitation for Atlantic Coast-Threatening Snowstorms), I spent January and February at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Georgia, managing the deployment site for the ER-2 and the mission scientists. Our project is specifically focused on studying snowbands across the Eastern seaboard. The ER-2 plays a critical role in capturing remote sensing data to better predict the severity of storms.

GPM Hurricane Maria Video Highlighted on ACM/SIGGrAPH Blog

02/27/2020
The GPM's 360 video "Inside Hurricane Maria in 360 Degrees," which showcases GPM radar and radiometer data, was recently featured on an ACM/SIGGRAPH blog that discusses the making of the visualization. SIGGRAPH is the preeminent organization in computer graphics in the world, and this visualization was presented at the SIGGRAPH conference's Virtual Reality Theater this past summer by Greg Shirah (606.4), Kel Elkins (606.4/USRA), and Alex Kekesi (606.4/GST).

Earth Expeditions: A Wintry Flight

01/27/2020
After a cloudy and rainy morning, by 1:50 pm the sun had come out and the skies were clear for take-off at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The P-3 Orion research aircraft outfitted with eleven instruments to measure conditions inside snow clouds was heading north to a storm system over New York and Vermont for the second science flight of the Investigation of Microphysics and Precipitation for Atlantic Coast Threatening Snowstorms, or IMPACTS field campaign.

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