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2021 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers

Several 610 researchers were named to the annual list identifying scientists and social scientists who produced multiple papers ranking in the top 1% of citations for their field and year of publication. Congratulations to Matthew Rodell (610), Ben Cook (611), Alex Ruane (611), Alexei Lyapustin (613), Joanna Joiner (614), Douglas Morton (618), Benjamin Poulter (618), and Eric Vermote (619) for being named to this year's list.

FIRMS Leads Agency Website Traffic

NASA’s Fire Information for Resource Management System (FIRMS), led by Diane Davies (619/SSAI), was the most visited NASA website July 29–30, 2021. FIRMS which is part of NASA’s Land, Atmosphere Near real-time Capability for EOS (LANCE), and managed by LANCE MODIS/MODAPS, is being used to track wildfires and smoke across the US and Canada. In January, NASA and the U.S. Forest Service launched a new instance of FIRMS, specifically for the US and Canada. This new system, FIRMS US/Canada expands the existing active fire mapping capabilities with additional map layers ownership boundaries, fire danger ratings and incident reports. The FIRMS US/Canada also appeared in the top 10 most viewed NASA websites. Key team members include Otmar Olsina (619/GST) and Greg Ederer (619/GST), as well as Karen Michael (586) who leads the LANCE activity that FIRMS is part of.

Black Marble Products Illuminate Texas Power Outages

The NASA Black Marble Products were utilized to monitor the impact of the recent winter storm in Texas. It was reported that 4 million customers across the state were without power, including 1.4 million in the Houston area. The nighttime light images produced by the Black Marble team, using the standard and high-definition Black Marble products, helped identify these widespread power outages within the neighborhood scale in the Houston area. These results were highlighted by the NASA Earth Observatory and NASA Earth, in addition to being covered by numerous news media outlets including The Washington Post.

FIRMS US/Canada Launched

NASA and the US Forest Service launched a new active fire mapping application. Code 619 developers of the NASA Fire Information for Resource Management System (FIRMS), have partnered with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service to create “FIRMS US/Canada"; a new service that delivers web-based active fire mapping tools and capabilities for disseminating data, products, and services for the U.S. and Canada.

Pahlevan Interviewd by la Republica

Nima Pahlevan (619/SSAI) was interviewed by la Republica, a major Italian newspaper. The interview focused on the utility of satellite data in identifying changes in surface water quality conditions induced by 2020's COVID-19 lockdown. Pahlevan discussed Goddard’s contribution to the tri-agency’s COVID-19 Dashboard and how changes in water quality conditions could be discerned from space via Landsat-8 and Sentinel-2 data. The news article titled “The lockdown seen from the satellite, from Venice to New York: thus nature has recovered its spaces” was published on January 3, 2021.

Pahlevan Discussed Covid-19 Impacts on Environment with NPR

Nima Pahlevan (619/SSAI) participated in an American Geophysical Union (AGU) press conference and panel discussion titled “Impacts of Covid-19 on People and the Environment, as Seen From Space." National Public Radio's Morning Edition interviewed Pahlevan about this research.

2020 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers

Several 610 researchers were named to the annual list identifying scientists and social scientists who produced multiple papers ranking in the top 1% of citations for their field and year of publication. Congratulations to Matthew Rodell (610), Gregory Faluvegi (611/CU), Alexei Lyapustin (613), Joanna Joiner (614), Jeffrey Masek (618), Douglas Morton (618), Benjamin Poulter (618), and Eric Vermote (619) for being named to this year's list.

Vermote Named Highly Cited Researcher

Congratulations to Eric Vermote for being named to the 2020 Clarivate Web of Science Highly Cited Researchers List. Recipients are recognized for their exceptional research influence, demonstrated by the production of multiple highly cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in Web of Science.

Earth Matters Blog: NASA, ESA, and JAXA Provide Global Observations of COVID-19 Impacts

NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have joined forces to create the COVID-19 Earth Observation Dashboard. The web platform combines the collective scientific power of the agencies’ Earth-observing satellites to document changes in the environment and society in response to the pandemic.

Version 2 Aura Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) SO2 Product Release

Available at GES DISC, the new product features several updates that significantly improve data quality over clouds, over background areas, and over snow/ice. The 15+ year OMI SO2 data record is the longest among the same type of sensors, and will continue to provide global monitoring of important anthropogenic and volcanic sources of SO2.

Bahamas in the Dark after Dorian

NASA's Black Marble Products (619) were utilized to conduct damage assessments of outage impacts from Hurricane Dorian to aid various partners who were working with local stakeholders to deliver emergency supplies to the Bahamian people. The power outage maps generated using the product were also highlighted in The Washington Post.

Google Arts and Culture Showcases Black Marble

In an interactive exhibit called "Satellite Images of the Earth at Night," Google Arts and Culture highlighted work from the Black Marble team.

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!

Román Gets BOLD

From more than 300 applications, Miguel Román (619) was selected to serve as a plenary speaker during this year’s ‘BOLD: A Federal Innovators Showcase’ –https://www.govexec.com/feature/fedstival-2018-boldthursday/ Román’s talk, entitled: ‘Puerto Rico from Space: The Role of @NASAEarthData in Strengthening Community Disaster Resilience After Hurricane Maria’ presented use cases that illustrate how NASA’s Black Marble product suite is being used by end-users worldwide to advance universal energy access, sustainable livelihoods, and resilient cities. Román’s talk also provided a summary of the Island Communities and Areas of Intensive Risk (Island CAIR) effort, which focuses on community resilience projects across Puerto Rico. The Island CAIR project is an interdisciplinary effort supported by NASA’s Disasters Program, which comprises stakeholders from across local governments, civil society groups, NGOs, federal agencies, philanthropies, and academic institutions.

Black Marble Science Team's work featured in The Economist

An article in this week’s The Economist magazine features work from NASA’s Black Marble Science Team following the recovery of Puerto Rico’s energy sector six months after Hurricane Maria struck the US Territory

"Syria from Space" nominated for One World Media award

A contributing article between BBC Arabia and NASA’s Black Marble science team (619), entitled “Syria from Space”, was recently nominated for the prestigious One World Media award under their ‘"Digital Media’ category. Established in 1988, the One World Media awards recognize the best media coverage of the developing world, reflecting the social, political and cultural life of people around the globe. The awards, to be announced at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) later in June, highlight the unique role of journalists and filmmakers in bridging the divide between cultures worldwide and raising awareness of underreported issues and stories.

Poster Blowout 2018

Note from the Director:
I would like to thank the Director’s Science Committee for putting on an amazingly successful event where scientists and engineers across Goddard shared their work and made new contacts. The interdisciplinary interactions were especially exciting and crossed all four science disciplines.

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Earth Matters Blog: How to Pan-sharpen Landsat Imagery

Read this guide to learn how to double the resolution of a Landsat image.

Blog: Have Your Satellite Imagery and Eat It, Too!

If you have ever browsed Earth science imagery and data using the online tool Worldview, then you have also used GIBS, Global Imagery Browse Services. GIBS is like a gear behind a clock face, a mechanism that keeps the hands moving. Schmaltz and his colleagues rely on it daily as they assemble images of our dynamic planet.

Kirschbaum and Roman Named as Presidential Early Career Award Recipients

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Dalia Kirschbaum and Miguel Roman of the Earth Sciences Division have been named recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

Kirschbaum and Roman, along with 100 other researchers, were named by President Barack Obama for this award, the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.

The awardees are selected for their pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and their commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education, or community outreach.

Science Jamboree event photos

The 2016 Science Jamboree was a great success! A collection of 50 photos from the event are available now.

ESD Supports White House Initiative

Dr. Curt Tilmes and the Climate Data Initiative team supported the White House release of the Climate Data Initiative Human Health theme, to "Protect Communities From the Impacts of Climate Change." This release adds 150 health-relevant datasets to climate.data.gov.

Dr. Miguel Román Selected as Finalist for 'Call to Service Medal'

Congratulations to Dr. Miguel Roman for his selection as a finalist for the Call to Service Medal in the 2014 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals. This medal recognizes a federal employee whose professional achievements reflect the important contributions that a new generation brings to public service. Winners will be announced on Sept. 22 at a Washington, D.C. dinner.

Congratulations to Dr. Miguel Román

Congratulations to Dr. Miguel Román for his election as Vice Chair of the Land Product Validation (LPC) sub-group of the Committee for Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) Working Group on Calibration and Validation (WGCV). In his new role, Dr. Román will help foster and coordinate international validation activities for satellite-derived land products, develop international validation protocols, promote data sharing, and ensure that data and results are available to the user community

Create NASA Earth Day Video, Win Seats to Launch

To mark Earth Day 2012, we are inviting you to create your own compelling video vision of NASA's exploration of Earth. You could be selected to view the launch of an upcoming Earth science mission in person! Deadline is May 31, 2012.
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