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NCCS Celebrates National Hispanic American Heritage Month

With roots as diverse as Spain, El Salvador, and Puerto Rico, six Hispanic Americans working with the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) bring dedication and joy to supporting and accelerating NASA science.

NCCS Enables High-Resolution Elevation Maps of Moon’s South Pole

Empowered by NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) resources, scientists from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Brown University built new high-resolution elevation maps near the Moon’s South Pole to enhance NASA lunar science and exploration.

Supercomputers for Science: Honoring Tom Schardt’s NASA Legacy

The NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) reflects back on Robert H. Goddard Legacy Award winner Tom Schardt, who had an impactful, 37-year career at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, centered around the support of science through the use of high-end information technology.

NASA at Your Table: Where Food Meets Methane

Today, human sources are responsible for 60% of global methane emissions, coming primarily from the burning of fossil fuels, decomposition in landfills and the agriculture sector. Nearly a quarter of methane emissions can be attributed to agriculture.

NASA's "Tour of Asteroid Bennu" Selected for Prestigious Computer Graphics Film Festival

It’s hard to imagine what the surface of asteroid Bennu might look like – it’s shortest distance from Earth still 250,000 miles away – but the video “Tour of Asteroid Bennu” brings us on a journey to see this landscape up close.

NCCS User Spotlight: Dr. David New

To better understand how early-career scientists are using NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) resources, we interviewed NASA post-doc David New, who fine-tunes weather prediction models at NASA Goddard’s Global Modeling and Assimilation Office.

NCCS Celebrates National Intern Day!

To honor National Intern Day, the NASA High-End Computing Program at Goddard Space Flight Center introduces the summer 2021 NASA interns working in various groups across the Computational and Information Sciences and Technology Office (CISTO).

Scientists Measure Impacts of Fire and Other Disturbances on North American Boreal Forest Biomass

Leveraging NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) and Boston University (BU) high-performance computing resources, academic researchers analyzed 31 years of satellite data to measure how disturbances including fire and timber harvests have impacted the aboveground biomass (AGB) in North American boreal forests.

NCCS User Spotlight: Dr. Marshall Shepherd

To highlight one of NASA’s most renowned supercomputing users, the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) spoke with the ground-breaking, prolific, and award-winning atmospheric scientist Dr. Marshall Shepherd.

NCCS-Hosted Simulations Bring to Light a New Type of Coupled Eruption from the Sun

Using the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) Discover supercomputer, scientists simulated complex interactions between large structures in our Sun’s atmosphere that unexpectedly produced a new type of “coupled eruption.”

NCCS Staff Spotlight on Mike Little: Time Traveling in NASA Supercomputing

To better understand the roots of using supercomputing for science at NASA, NCCS staff member Mike Little shared Goddard's beginning with the IBM System/360 and the Beowulf computer cluster.

NCCS User Spotlight: Robin Kovach

To celebrate World Ocean Day, the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) spoke with one of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s ocean scientists, Robin Kovach.

CISTO Scientists Adapt MaxEnt to Address the Big Data Challenges of Climate Science

Researchers at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Computational and Information Sciences and Technology Office (CISTO) are working to overcome the MaxEnt software’s Big Data limitations by testing a more effective method of using large, high-dimensional datasets, like those produced by global climate models.

NCCS-Enabled Satellite Data Assimilation Reveals Vegetation Changes from Massive Australian Bushfires

To better understand how Australia’s unprecedented 2019–2020 fire season affected vegetation, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center scientists and international collaborators mounted an experiment at the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS), assimilating NASA satellite data into a computer model and analyzing the output.

NCCS Staff Spotlight: Ying Shen

In honor of Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May, the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) recognizes the contributions of a staff member who exemplifies the best qualities of this team, contributing every day to NASA’s missions and supporting scientific research through his hard work and many talents.

GISS and NCCS Contribute to CMIP6 International Climate Model Intercomparison Project

The NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) contributed results from hundreds of the institute’s historical and future climate simulations to the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 6 (CMIP6). The GISS simulations ran on the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) Discover supercomputer.

NCCS User Spotlight: Lesley Ott

As part of NASA’s Earth Day celebration, this spotlight shines on Lesley Ott — from her growing up in the Washington, DC suburbs with a mother who taught math and science to her challenging work today as a research meteorologist in NASA Goddard’s Global Modeling and Assimilation Office.

NCCS Staff Spotlight: Mary Aronne

Honoring Women's History Month, this spotlight focuses on Mary Aronne’s journey from visiting NASA Goddard as a child to working there today as a support scientist at the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS).

New NASA Landslide Mapping System Running at NCCS

Empowered by NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) high-performance computing resources, a new open-source landslide mapping system is enabling swift landslide detection and information sharing with emergency response agencies.

High-Performance Supercontainers Show Promise for Earth System Prediction

Using a NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) supercomputer and other high-performance computing platforms, the multi-agency Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation (JCSDA) successfully demonstrated software “supercontainers” for its next-generation Joint Effort for Data assimilation Integration (JEDI) system.

From Pigs to Space: María-José Viñas' Unconventional Journey to Spanish Communicator

From veterinarian to Spanish language communicator for all of NASA, María-José Viñas' path was convoluted but rewarding.

Machine Learning Study Identifies the Internal Structure of Interplanetary Coronal Mass Ejections

In a machine learning study supported by the NASA Center for Climate Simulation, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and university heliophysics researchers have gained insights into the internal structure of interplanetary coronal mass ejections—gigantic clouds of magnetized gas that erupt from the Sun and travel through the solar system.

Heliophysics Hackweek 2020 Coronal Holes Team Publishes Results at NeurIPS 2020

Helio Hackweek 2020 “Coronal Holes” team members and other hackweek participants continued their collaboration and published a paper and poster of their results at the 34th Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems. “SEARCH: SEgmentation of polAR Coronal Holes,” was published at the Machine Learning and the Physical Sciences Workshop.

NCCS-Enabled Science Advances Being Presented at Online AMS Annual Meeting

From more accurate hydrology forecasts to improved understanding of cyclone dynamics, science advances enabled by NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) resources are the subject of posters and virtual presentations at the 101st Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society (AMS 101), being held online January 10–15, 2021.

NASA Discoveries, R&D, Moon to Mars Exploration Plans Persevere in 2020

"NASA has impressed the nation with our resilience and persistence during the pandemic," said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine.

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