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South Atlantic Abloom

01.06.2018
Swirls of milky blue and green reveal the presence of massive numbers of phytoplankton in the South Atlantic Ocean near the Falkland Islands.

Bolaven (was 01W - NW Pacific Ocean)

01.02.2018
The first tropical depression of the northwestern Pacific Ocean 2018 tropical cyclone season didn't waste any time forming after the first of the new year.

Agricultural Fires in Africa Stretch the Whole of the Continent

12.28.2017
The VIIRS instrument on the Suomi NPP satellite collected this image which detected hundreds upon hundreds of fires burning in Central Africa. Most likely these fires are agricultural in nature.

NASA Goddard Year in Review - 2017

12.20.2017
A look back at 2017 at NASA Goddard.

Can Data Save Dolphins? How Scientists Are Using NASA Data to Study Link Between Solar Storms and Animal Beachings

12.08.2017
The age-old mystery of why otherwise healthy dolphins, whales and porpoises get stranded along coasts worldwide deepens.

Reconstructing the Recent History of Pacific Ocean Life

11.17.2017
Through several decades of observations, oceanographers have found that the tropical Pacific accounts for about 20 percent of all primary ocean productivity.

From Microscopic to Multicellular: Six Stories of Life that NASA Sees from Space

11.14.2017
Scientists have use satellites to understand how life flourishes and fades on our planet. These selected visual stories of bacteria, plants, land animals, sea creatures and birds show what a view from space can reveal.

Darkness Blooms

09.10.2017
In early September 2017, ocean scientists noticed something swirling in the waters off the coast of the Brazilian state of São Paulo.

NAAMES Returns to Air and Sea to Study Plankton’s Annual Cycle

08.31.2017
On August 30, the North Atlantic Aerosols and Marine Ecosystems Study will return to air and sea to research the declining, or deaccelerating, phase of the annual cycle of plankton in the N. Atlantic.

Another Puff of Ash From Klyuchevskoy

08.19.2017
Satellites observed ash and volcanic gases puffing from Klyuchevskoy throughout much of August 2017.

Goddard Hosts 8th Annual Science Jamboree for Employees

07.13.2017
The Goddard Office of Communications and the Goddard Sciences and Exploration Directorate produced the eighth annual Science Jamboree on Wednesday, July 12, 2017.

NASA Eyed Rainfall Rates in Tropical Storm Merbok Before Landfall

06.13.2017
Tropical Storm Merbok formed in the South China Sea early on June 11 and NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed overhead as the storm moved toward China on June 12.

Calvin (was 3E - Eastern Pacific Ocean)

06.12.2017
The third tropical cyclone of the Eastern Pacific Ocean hurricane season formed on Sunday, June 11 about 120 miles south of Salina Cruz, Mexico. Tropical Depression 3E moved north and northwest.

Turquoise Swirls in the Black Sea

06.11.2017
Most summers, jewel-toned hues appear in the Black Sea. The turquoise swirls are not the brushstrokes of a painting; they indicate the presence of phytoplankton...

One Man's Shoes Help NASA Explain Water Clarity

06.05.2017
Scientists make precise measurements of water clarity from satellite data, but the calculations can be hard to explain to the public. Now NASA is adopting a new way - involving white sneakers - to communicate water clarity.

Goddard Welcomes Nearly 450 Summer Interns

06.05.2017
Almost 450 interns will complete their "10-week job interview" at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center this summer.

A Spring Bloom in the Gulf of Alaska

05.07.2017
Combine flour and water and what do you get? If it’s “glacial flour”—fine, nutrient-rich sediment—in the Gulf of Alaska, you could see a massive phytoplankton bloom.

NASA's Fleet of Satellites Keep an Eye on Earth

04.21.2017
No planet is better studied than the one we actually live on.

NASA Celebrates Earth Day with Public Events, Online Activities

04.18.2017
This year, NASA will celebrate Earth Day, April 22, with a variety of live and online activities Thursday and Friday, April 20-21, to engage the public in the agency’s mission to better understand and

NASA Celebrates Earth Day by Letting Us All #AdoptThePlanet

04.06.2017
NASA invites people around the world to help us celebrate Earth Day 2017 by "adopting" one of 64,000 individual pieces of Earth as seen from space.

NASA Awards Cooperative Agreement to the University of Maryland

03.15.2017
NASA has awarded a cooperative agreement to the University of Maryland at College Park, Maryland, to continue collaborative research in the field of Earth systems science.

NASA Invites Media to 55th Annual Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium

03.03.2017
Media are invited to meet science and engineering leaders at the 55th Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium in Greenbelt, Maryland, on March 8-9, 2017.

NASA Taking Stock of Phytoplankton Populations in the Pacific

02.03.2017
The microscopic size of phytoplankton, the plant-like organisms that live in the sunlit upper ocean, belies their importance in the global environment.

Norman Kuring - Making the Unseen Ocean Visible

01.17.2017
Kuring advises: “We live on a remarkably beautiful planet. We need to take care of her. Appreciate nature, go outside and explore.”

NASA Plans Another Busy Year for Earth Science Fieldwork

01.12.2017
NASA scientists are crisscrossing the globe in 2017 – from a Hawaiian volcano to Colorado mountain tops and west Pacific islands – to investigate critical scientific questions about how our planet is changing and what impacts humans are having on it.
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