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Goddard Team Wins NASA 2023 Software of the Year Award

NASA has awarded the prestigious NASA Software of the Year (SOY) Award to a team of scientists and engineers at the Earth Sciences Division of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

First Long-Duration Lidar Satellite Mission CALIPSO Ends

CALIPSO, a lidar satellite that advanced the world’s understanding of climate, weather, and air quality, ended its scientific mission on Aug. 1, 2023.

Arctic Sea Ice 6th Lowest on Record; Antarctic Sees Record Low Growth

Arctic sea ice likely reached its annual minimum extent on September 19, 2023, making it the 6th lowest year in the satellite record

Tracking Nightlights in Libya

Cities and towns darkened after a cyclone unleashed torrential flooding along the country’s coast.

NASA Tech Lets Scientists See Snow-Water Through the Trees

NASA scientists are testing a technology that from orbit could more accurately measure water stored in snow.

Melting on Humboldt Glacier

Unusual late-season melting in Greenland turned the glacier’s surface into a mishmash of ice, firn, melt, and dirt.

Water Returns to Laguna de Aculeo

The drought in Chile isn’t over, but recent late-winter rains provided enough moisture for water to start pooling up again.

STELLA: NASA’s DIY Educational Gadget for Measuring Plant Health

On her morning walk to school, a high schooler notices a patch of greenery in her neighbor’s yard. But the plants don’t look quite as green and healthy as she thinks they should. To see if she’s right, she puts down her backpack and pulls out STELLA, a DIY gizmo not much bigger than a smartphone.

NASA Announces Summer 2023 Hottest on Record

The summer of 2023 was Earth’s hottest since global records began in 1880, according to scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies (GISS) in New York.

NOAA’s GOES-U Completes Environmental Testing

GOES-U, the fourth and final satellite in NOAA’s GOES-R Series of advanced geostationary satellites, recently completed rigorous testing to ensure it can withstand the harsh conditions of launch and orbiting in space 22,236 miles above Earth.

Torrential Rain Wreaks Havoc in Libya

A Mediterranean cyclone contributed to deadly flooding along the country's coastline.

Hurricane Lee Traverses the Warm Atlantic

The major storm fluctuated in intensity as it approached the U.S. East Coast.

Greece’s Agricultural Heartland Underwater

Record rainfall inundated towns and farmland in the country’s Thessaly region.

Cloudy Waters in Missisquoi Bay

Phosphorus runoff from farmland surrounding Lake Champlain contributes to summer cyanobacteria blooms in the northeastern part of the lake.

Summer Rains on Nevada’s Black Rock Playa

Late-season storms saturated the desert, leaving tens of thousands of festivalgoers stuck in the mire.

NASA-funded Study: Half of Glaciers Vanish with 1.5 Degrees of Warming

Glaciers in remote regions — far from the human activities — are particularly powerful indicators of climate change. Rapidly melting glaciers impact freshwater availability, landscapes, tourism, ecosystems, the frequency and severity of hazards, and sea level rise.

The Best Places to Plant Trees in Maryland

Using remote sensing, researchers have developed a method to guide the state of Maryland’s tree-planting efforts.

NASA-funded Study: Half of Glaciers Vanish with 1.5 Degrees of Warming

The world’s glaciers could lose as much as 40% of their mass by 2100 with 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming. That's according to a NASA-funded study appearing in the journal Science.

PACE Successfully Completes Key Environmental Test

The PACE observatory enters a thermal vacuum chamber at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. It stayed in the chamber for 33 days of testing.

Storm Drenches Spain

An isolated low-pressure system produced torrential downpours in Spain and carried Saharan dust along its path.

A Deluge in Greece

A stalled storm dropped three feet of rain over four days on the Thessaly region, triggering extensive flooding.

Circular Depressions Seep Hydrogen Gas

Naturally occurring hydrogen was discovered emanating from “fairy circles” in Australia.

Atmospheric Rivers Swamp Central Chile

After more than a decade of drought, strong atmospheric rivers in June and August flooded the foothills of the Andes in the Maule, Ñuble, and Biobío regions.

Typhoon Saola Swipes China’s Coast

One of the region’s strongest storms in recent years delivered damaging winds and flooding.

Panama Canal Traffic Backup

Severe drought is reducing the number of daily passages on the transoceanic shipping route.

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