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Notes from the Field: ICESat-2 Antarctic Traverse

Greetings from New Zealand!

Soon, we’ll report back from even further south. We’re headed to the heart of the Antarctic ice sheet, to collect measurements on the ground for the ICESat-2 mission.

Earth Matters Blog: Why the SoCal Fires are So Fierce

With thousands of homes threatened by intense wildfires burning in southern California, we checked in with NASA Propulsion Laboratory scientist Natasha Stavros to learn more about the destructive blazes.

Earth Matters Blog: In Case You Missed It - The Tropics Are Coming, The Tropics Are Coming!

What does extra carbon dioxide in the atmosphere mean for how air circulates and how clouds are distributed?

Earth Matters Blog: Ground Sighting - the Remote Patagonia Fire Scar

Dozens of wildfires blazed along the Atlantic coast of Argentina coast last winter. One of them left behind a massive burn scar near the Valdez Peninsula. When we wrote about the fires last month, we were unable to say with certainty whether the plume rising off the burn scar was airborne ash or dust. A quick recap from our article...

Earth Matters Blog: In Case You Missed It - What’s Up in a Warming World

From rising carbon dioxide concentrations to to shifting rainfall patterns, here are some highlights of the latest efforts to investigate our warming world.

Earth Matters Blog: NASA EO Goes to the Beach

This video shows the satellite and space-station view of various shorelines across the United States.

Earth Matters Blog: Between Extremes - California Rises from Drought

Not long after a crippling drought, record-breaking precipitation covered the state.

Earth Matters Blog: In Case You Missed It -- What’s New In NASA Tech

This spring, scientists tested alternative jet fuels and tested the DopplerScat instrument to measure ocean currents.

Earth Matters Blog: How to Pan-sharpen Landsat Imagery

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

Earth Matters Blog: Salt, Bleach, and Heat for Oceans Day

Recent news from the field of ocean science includes a new estimate of sea level rise, a preview of hurricane season, better views of corals and the Gulf of Mexico seafloor, and a look back at the 2015-16 El Nino and La Nina events.

Earth Matters Blog: What A Wonderful World: Miyar Glacier

The Miyar Glacier features a dramatic splash across its surface where a 2009 landslide sloshed rockfall debris across its surface.

Earth Matters Blog: What Do Satellites Tell Us About Trees?

Satellites have already revealed much about trees. Old-growth forests are vital because they capture large amounts of carbon and provide homes to hundreds of species. In the Eastern United States, trees in these minimally disturbed ecosystems tend to be more than 120 years old.

Earth Matters Blog: In Case You Missed It: New Studies Tie Extreme Haze in China to Climate Change

In 2012, Arctic sea ice extent was unusually low in September. New research suggests that may have contributed to a bad haze outbreak in China the next winter.

Earth Matters Blog: Earth Observatory is Part of the New Google Earth

Through a collaboration with Google, two Earth Observatory image collections were recently featured during the launch of the new Google Earth product.

Earth Matters Blog: An Optimistic View For Earth Day

While the planet faces major environmental challenges, advances in science and engineering offer reason for optimism.

Earth Matters Blog: Thank You, GRACE

On March 17, 2002, two small satellites (nicknamed Tom and Jerry) blasted off from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia. In the 15 years since, there is nothing funny about what this pair has accomplished.

Blog Study: Major Middle East Dust Storm in 2015 Was Due to the Weather, Not Human Conflict

A new analysis of satellite suggests the key causes of a major dust storm in 2015 were climate and weather conditions — not the war in Syria.

Intern poster session Science award winners

Congratulations to the 2016 Science award winners from the intern poster session: Lucas Tax (660), Austin Kim (662), Evan Frangipane (674), Anna Voelker (674), Michael Greklek-McKeon (674), and Robert Spencer (613). Colleen Hartman, Director of the Sciences & Exploration Directorate, presented the awards on Thursday August 4.

Science Jamboree event photos

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

Earth Expeditions: Eight New Campaigns in 2016 Span the Planet

NASA’s Earth Observatory brings you a new view of Earth from above every single day. You also need granular observations that can only be gathered from the ground. And that’s the job of many NASA researchers who embark on expeditions each year, traversing land, air, ice, and sea.

Lauren Zamora to Attend the 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

Lauren Zamora was competitively selected as one of 672 young scientists from 88 countries to attend the 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, the 4th interdisciplinary meeting with Nobel Laureates from the fields of physics, physiology, medicine, and chemistry. The meeting will be held this summer in Lindau, Germany.

Annual Contractor Awards Luncheon

Congratulations to all the Code 613 contractor staff recognized at the Climate & Radiation Laboratory's annual winter luncheon and awards ceremony!
Cathy Newman

Paper featured in French newspaper article

The French newspaper, LeMonde, has featured an article based on a recently published paper by T. Hilker, E. Natsagdorj, R.H. Waring, A. Lyapustin (613) and Y. Wang entitled "Satellite observed widespread decline in Mongolian grasslands largely due to overgrazing," 2013, Global Change Biology, doi:10.1111/gcb.12365.

Scientist interviews in The Baltimore Sun

An article entitled, "Tracking the long-distance travels of dust: Scientists find huge plume from overseas, eye climate effect" featuring interviews with Hongbin Yu (UMCP-ESSIC/613), Lorraine Remer (UMBC), and Tianle Yuan (UMBC-JCET/613) appeared in The Baltimore Sun, April 12 online edition.

Robert Levy receives IRC Young Scientist Award

At the 2012 International Radiation Symposium, Robert Levy, working with SSAI and the Climate & Radiation Laboratory, was awarded the International Radiation Commission (IRC) Young Scientist Award for: "Outstanding contributions to radiation studies that improve retrieval of aerosol properties and related critical climate parameters from satellite data, introducing new data analysis and interpretation to address difficult challenges." This award is given to a young scientist who has made recent noteworthy contributions to radiation studies and is regarded as having great potential to become a leading radiation scientist in the future. This award is presented by an international committee of leading and senior scientists, and is awarded only once every four years.
Cathy Newman
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