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

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

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...

2022 IMPACTS Winter Field Campaign Begins

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.

2021 610AT Peer Awards Announced

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).

Bland and Aeropod Team Selected for National FLC Technology Transfer Award

Geoff Bland (610.W) and the Aeropod Team (Ted Miles, Kay Rufty, Andy Henry, and Sallie Smith) have been selected to receive a 2021 Technology Focus Award from the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC). The Technology Focus Award is presented annually to a federal laboratory that has most successfully completed a transfer effort of a featured technology under the Technology Focus initiative.

Bland and Aeropod Receive FLC Technology Transfer Award

Geoff Bland (610.W) and the Aeropod Team (Ted Miles, Kay Rufty, Andy Henry, and Sallie Smith) were awarded the Federal Laboratories Consortium (FLC) Mid-Atlantic Region’s Educational Institution and Federal Laboratory Partnership Award for 2020. This award recognizes the efforts of federal science and technology employees and educational institutions in the region who have collaboratively accomplished outstanding work in the process of transferring a technology.

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 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: 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.

Poster Blowout 2019 is in the books!

photo of people at the poster party

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

Notes from the Field Blog: Goodbye Pyeongchang

The winter Paralympic games ended Sunday, March 18, and also with it the observation period of ICE-POP officially ended. It is with mixed feelings that we are leaving Pyeongchang

Notes from the Field Blog: 2018 Winter Olympics End, But ICE-POP Continues

The first part of the ICE-POP campaign ended last Sunday when the 2018 Winter Olympic Games were officially finished. However, we will closely monitor the weather and provide information from Pyeongchang during the Paralympics as well.

Notes from the Field Blog: Keeping an Eye on Weather During the Opening Ceremony

International Collaborative Experiments for Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (ICE-POP 2018) is a field campaign that is taking place during the 2018 Winter Olympics held at Pyeongchang, South Korea. It brings state of the art weather sensors from all over the world, and the Dual-frequency Dual-polarized Doppler radar (D3R) from NASA is among them.

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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NPOL Research Radar Captures Salsibury Tornado Data

NASA' Wallops Flight Facility's polarimetric research radar (NPOL) is highlighted in The Washington Post Capital Weather Gang discussion of yesterday's Salisbury, Maryland, tornado.

2016 Earth Expeditions: ORACLES

Southern Africa produces almost a third of the world’s vegetative burning, which sends smoke particles up into the atmosphere, where they eventually mix with stratocumulus clouds over the southeastern Atlantic Ocean. The Observations of Clouds above Aerosols and their Interactions (ORACLES) study is investigating how these particles impact the stratocumulus clouds, which play a key role in both regional and global surface temperatures and precipitation, in order to help improve current climate models.

Science Jamboree event photos

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

Introducing OLYMPEX, A Ground Validation Field Project in the Pacific NW

Starting next week, we begin the Olympic Mountain Experiment, or OLYMPEX. It is a NASA-led field campaign, which will take place from November 2015 through February 2016.

Measuring the Rain with the Help of Satellites

An interview with Dr. Walt Petersen, David Wolff, and Dr. Tiffany Moisan aired on WBOC, a news station serving the Eastern Shore of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. The interview described the GPM mission and its ground validation activities including a new citizen science effort designed around CoCoRAHS rain gauges.

Bland Wins 2014 James Kerley Award

Congratulations to Geoff Bland for winning the James Kerley Award of the Innovative Partnerships Program Office (IPPO).

Geoff’s award is for transferring an "Aerodynamically Stabilized Instrument Platform" (AeroPod). This device is designed to provide a stable, lightweight structure to fly remote sensing and in-situ instrumentation from a kite or tethered blimp/balloon. Aeropods have been deployed to provide in-situ volcanic plume measurement experiments at Turrialba Costa Rica. They are in regular use at the Wayne County Regional Education Services Agency, putting this technology into the hands of over 2000 students and teachers to date.

The James Kerley award is an annual award given by the Technology Transfer Program to GSFC civil servants who has been instrumental in transfer technologies. The Kerley Award is named after James Kerley, longtime Goddard employee, inventor, and a champion of technology transfer. IPPO awards are not limited to engineering and technology, but also include scientific and visualization codes and software. Past winners from 610 included Geary Schwemmer (1998), Matt McGill (2000), and Norden Huang (2003).

Petersen participates in Google+ Hangout

Flooding experts from NASA, The Weather Channel and other guests will take reporter's questions on flood prediction during a Google+ Hangout on Tues. June 11 at 2 p.m. EDT/11 a.m. PDT.

HYdrological cycle in Mediterranean EXperiment (HYMeX) Field Campaign

Parsivel Disdrometer in Saint Jean du Gard, France Photo by Matt WingoPersonnel have just finished deploying 10 disdrometers and 3 Micro Rain Radars in France and Italy as part of GPM's contribution to the HyMEX field campaign.
Matthew Wingo

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.
Patrick Lynch

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