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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.

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.

GPM and Precipitation Education Featured on Purdue University YouTube Channel

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

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

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

NASA monitored the heavy rain associated with Tropical Cyclone Amphan as it made landfall.

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 Day Countdown Blog: T-29–20 Years of Precipitation from Space

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

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

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

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

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.

Earth Expeditions: Meet IMPACT'S' Student Forecasters

The IMPACTS team is what makes the field campaign happen. Over 200 people are contributing to the project from aircraft crews and managers, to support and logistics staff, to the scientists running the instruments and asking the big questions. They include veteran pilots and mission managers, university and NASA researchers who’ve done field campaigns before, and graduate students on their first campaign.

Earth Expeditions: Waiting for Good Snow

When your field campaign depends on chasing winter storms you have to wait for the weather to arrive in its own time. For the science team of the Investigation of Microphysics Precipitation for Atlantic Coast-Threatening Snowstorms, or IMPACTS, campaign that means carefully watching the weather forecasts and then making the most of it when it arrives.

IMPACTS featured on NPR's "All Things Considered"

NPR's Ailsa Chang discusses NASA's IMPACTS with Lynn McMurdie, IMPACTS principal investigator.

Capital Weather Gang features NASA IMPACTS

A recent article in The Washington Post highlights NASA's IMPACTS airborne campaign studying East Coast snowstorms.

GLOBE Program Blog Features IMERG Data

Dorian Janney wrote a blog for the GLOBE Program about IMERG data and other resources.

NASA Hurricane 2019 Precipitation Mission Resources

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.

Poster Blowout 2019 is in the books!

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

GPM 5th Anniversary Sunday Experiment

Explore how scientists can measure rain and snow from space with the Global Precipitation Measurement satellite mission.

SED Staff Assist The New York Times

Owen Kelley (610.2/GMU) and Alex Kekesi (606.4/GST) assisted The New York Times in creating a visualization story on Super Typhoon Mangkhut using GPM DPR data.

Wall Street Journal Video Includes NASA Imagery and Commentary

Comments by Scott Braun and NASA imagery are included in a video on hurricane science produced by The Wall Street Journal.

Resources for Hurricane Florence

GPM contributes Hurricane Florence resources to the NASA Earth Science Disasters Program website.

Braun and Huffman named 2019 AMS Fellows

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.

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