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Notes from the Field: Passing the Earth Science Baton in Bhutan

Scientists visited Bhutan to launch a new rice mapping tool, and built many connections along the way.

Dr. Steven Platnick Named Recipient of 2023 William Nordberg Memorial Award for Earth Science

Photo of Dr. Steven PlatnickWe are thrilled to announce the selection of Dr. Steven Platnick as the 2023 William Nordberg Memorial Award for Earth Science recipient.

Dr. Platnick is being recognized for pushing the envelope of innovation in cloud property remote retrieval, interpretation, and worldwide dissemination.

Dr. Platnick's research includes theoretical/experimental studies of satellite, aircraft, and ground-based cloud remote sensing. He has been involved extensively with remote sensing field studies, including use of the MODIS Airborne Simulator instrument flown on the NASA ER-2 along with flight scientist roles in several field campaigns. He is a member of the MODIS and S-NPP Atmosphere Science Team working on operational cloud optical and microphysical products, as well as the MODIS Atmosphere Team Lead.

Steve will be presented with the William Nordberg Memorial Award during a future Scientific Colloquium.

ESD Personnel Serve as ARSET Water Quality Trainers/Speakers

July 18 - July 25, NASA ARSET just completed an advanced, online training titled Monitoring Water Quality of Inland Lakes using Remote Sensing. This three-part training focused on demonstrating the use of remote sensing observations from Landsat 8 and 9, Sentinel-2, and Sentinel-3 for assessing water quality parameters, including chlorophyll-a concentration and Total Suspended Solids (TSS) in inland lakes. This training also highlighted the importance of in situ measurements of these parameters, coincident with satellite observations, in developing methodologies for operational water quality monitoring. ARSET trainers Amita Mehta (612/UMBC) and Sean McCartney (610/SSAI) delivered the training along with guest speakers Bridget Seegers (616/MSU) and Blake Schaeffer (US EPA). Melanie Follette-Cook (612), Brock Blevins (612/SSAI), Selwyn Hudson-Odoi (612/UMBC), David Barbato (612/UMBC), Sarah Cutshall (612/SSAI), Natasha Johnson-Griffin (612/GST), Suzanne Monthie (612/GST), and Jonathan O’Brien (612/SSAI) supported the training. In attendance were 1,054 participants from 108 countries and 32 U.S. states. Approximately 500 unique organizations were represented.
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The Earth Sciences Division at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center plans, organizes, evaluates, and implements a broad program of research on our planet's natural systems and processes. Major focus areas include climate change, severe weather, the atmosphere, the ocean, sea ice and glaciers, and the land surface.

To study the planet from the unique perspective of space, the Earth Sciences Division develops and operates remote-sensing satellites and instruments. We analyze observational data from these spacecraft and make it available to the world's scientists. Our Education and Public Outreach efforts raise public awareness of the Division's research and its benefits to society.

For further information, data, research, and other resources, see Earth Sciences Division Projects.

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