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Two NASA Goddard Earth Scientists Receive AGU Awards

09.29.2023
Dr. Dalia Kirschbaum and Dr. John Bolten, both of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, received American Geophysical Union (AGU) awards this month. Kirschbaum is director of Goddard’s Earth Sciences Division, and Bolten leads the center’s Hydrological Sciences Lab.

Goddard Team Wins NASA 2023 Software of the Year Award

09.26.2023
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

09.26.2023
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

09.25.2023
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

09.25.2023
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

09.20.2023
NASA scientists are testing a technology that from orbit could more accurately measure water stored in snow.

Melting on Humboldt Glacier

09.18.2023
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

09.16.2023
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

09.15.2023
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

09.14.2023
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

09.14.2023
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

09.14.2023
A Mediterranean cyclone contributed to deadly flooding along the country's coastline.

Hurricane Lee Traverses the Warm Atlantic

09.13.2023
The major storm fluctuated in intensity as it approached the U.S. East Coast.

Greece’s Agricultural Heartland Underwater

09.12.2023
Record rainfall inundated towns and farmland in the country’s Thessaly region.

Cloudy Waters in Missisquoi Bay

09.11.2023
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

09.08.2023
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

09.07.2023
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

09.07.2023
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

09.06.2023
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

09.06.2023
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

09.06.2023
An isolated low-pressure system produced torrential downpours in Spain and carried Saharan dust along its path.

A Deluge in Greece

09.06.2023
A stalled storm dropped three feet of rain over four days on the Thessaly region, triggering extensive flooding.

Circular Depressions Seep Hydrogen Gas

09.05.2023
Naturally occurring hydrogen was discovered emanating from “fairy circles” in Australia.

Atmospheric Rivers Swamp Central Chile

09.04.2023
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

09.02.2023
One of the region’s strongest storms in recent years delivered damaging winds and flooding.

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