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Lab Members Support ARSET Training

05/06/2022
NASA ARSET just completed an intermediate/advanced, online training titled Using the UN Biodiversity Lab to Monitor the Pulse of the Planet. This five-part, trilingual training focused on using remote sensing and geospatial data within the NASA-supported UN Biodiversity Lab (UNBL) to take action on national conservation and sustainable development priorities. Melanie Follette-Cook (614/MSU), Brock Blevins (614/SSAI), Selwyn Hudson-Odoi (614/UMBC), David Barbato (614/UMBC), Sarah Cutshall (614/SSAI), and Jonathan O’Brien (614/SSAI) supported the training. In attendance were 958 participants from 121 countries and 23 US states with approximately 400 unique organizations represented.

2021 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers

12/10/2021
Several 610 researchers were named to the annual list identifying scientists and social scientists who produced multiple papers ranking in the top 1% of citations for their field and year of publication. Congratulations to Matthew Rodell (610), Ben Cook (611), Alex Ruane (611), Alexei Lyapustin (613), Joanna Joiner (614), Douglas Morton (618), Benjamin Poulter (618), and Eric Vermote (619) for being named to this year's list.

2021 610AT Peer Awards Announced

11/05/2021
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).

Chin Elected AGU Fellow

09/28/2021
Photo of Dr. Mian Chin at the Dead Sea. Image courtesy of M. Chin
Dr. Mian Chin of the Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics Laboratory has been elected to AGU's Class of 2021 Fellows. AGU’s announcement states Fellows "...have made outstanding achievements and contributions by pushing the frontiers of our science forward. They have also embodied AGU’s shared vision of a thriving, sustainable, and equitable future for all powered by discovery, innovation, and action. Equally important is that they conducted themselves with integrity, respect, diversity, and collaboration while creating deep engagement in education and outreach. Since 1962, AGU has elected fewer than 0.1% of members to join this prestigious group of individuals.Thanks to their dedication and sacrifice, AGU Fellows serve as global leaders and experts who have propelled our understanding of geosciences. We are confident that they will remain curious and relentlessly focused on answers as they continue to advance their research, which pushes our boundaries of knowledge to create a healthy planet and beyond.”

Congratulations, Mian, for an honor well-deserved!

Chin and Heymsfield Elected AMS Fellows

08/09/2021
Congratulations to Mian Chin (614) and Gerry Heymsfield (612) on their selection as Fellows of the American Meteorological Society (AMS). They will receive their honors at the AMS Annual Meeting in Houston, Texas, during the week of January 23–27, 2022.

NASA Earth Expeditions: Storm (outflow) chasing high up in the stratosphere

08/04/2021
It’s 3 a.m. in Salina, Kansas. The moon is out. Crickets are chirping on this balmy summer night. The light above the door to the hangar softly illuminates the sign that reads “DCOTSS.” Most teammates are just waking up. I unlock the door and walk in to be the first to start this long but exciting day full of new discoveries. It’s yet another start of a typical day of a forecaster for the NASA Dynamics and Chemistry of the Summer Stratosphere (DCOTSS) field campaign.

Lab Scientists Support ARSET Training

07/02/2021
NASA ARSET completed an introductory-level, online training titled "NASA Earth Observations for Energy Management." This four-part training was conducted in collaboration with Battelle and introduced NASA Earth observations and tools that can be used for energy management applications, specifically through the NASA POWER project’s web services and tools. Lab members Ana Prados (614/UMBC), Brock Blevins (614/SSAI), Selwyn Hudson-Odoi (614/UMBC), David Barbato (614/UMBC), and Jonathan O’Brien (614/SSAI) provided training support. In attendance were 851 participants from 96 countries and 31 US states. Approximately 400 unique organizations were represented.

Division Scientists Provide ARSET Training

05/27/2021
The Applied Remote Sensing Training (ARSET) program completed its longest (six part) bilingual series, "Satellite Observations and Tools for Fire Risk, Detection, and Analysis." The training covered the use of Earth observations pre-fire (fire types, conditions, and fire danger), during-fire (thermal anomalies and smoke mapping), and post-fire (burned area, landscape changes, and regrowth), and the content spanned air quality, disasters, and land applications. The course instructors were Melanie Follette-Cook (614/MSU), Pawan Gupta, Amita Mehta (612/UMBC), Erika Podest, Sean McCartney (610/SSAI), Juan Torres-Pérez, Zach Bengtsson, Robert Field (611/CU), and Ana Prados (614/UMBC); and guest presenters Elijah Orland (617/USRA) and Blanca Rios. Brock Blevins (614/SSAI), Selwyn Hudson-Odoi (612/UMBC), David Barbato (614/UMBC) and Jonathan O’Brien (614/SSAI) supported the training. There were 2,544 attendees from 110 countries and 47 US states. Approximately 1,200 unique organizations were represented.
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2020 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers

11/19/2020
Several 610 researchers were named to the annual list identifying scientists and social scientists who produced multiple papers ranking in the top 1% of citations for their field and year of publication. Congratulations to Matthew Rodell (610), Gregory Faluvegi (611/CU), Alexei Lyapustin (613), Joanna Joiner (614), Jeffrey Masek (618), Douglas Morton (618), Benjamin Poulter (618), and Eric Vermote (619) for being named to this year's list.

Joiner Named Highly Cited Researcher

11/18/2020
Congratulations to Joanna Joiner for being named to the 2020 Clarivate Web of Science Highly Cited Researchers List. Recipients are recognized for their exceptional research influence, demonstrated by the production of multiple highly cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in Web of Science.

Stauffer Interview Details Pollution Event

11/10/2020
Ryan Stauffer (614/UMD) gave an interview to Fox43 TV in York, PA, describing the multi-day particle pollution event over the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic that peaked over the weekend of November 7–8. The event marked just the third time in the past decade that Lancaster, PA, observed a “Code Red” day for particle pollution.

Version 2 Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) Earth System Data Record (ESDR) Released

10/30/2020
The GES DISC (610.2) and the NASA Goddard Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics Laboratory released a new Version 2 of Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) Earth System Data Record (ESDR). The data are based on Backscatter Ultraviolet (BUV) measurements from the Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite (OMPS) Nadir Mapper (NM), flown on the NASA/NOAA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (S-NPP) satellite.

U.S. Patent Awarded for Detecting Hydroxyl

07/10/2020
Steven A. Bailey (550) and Thomas F. Hanisco (614) were awarded a patent for their method to detect OH (hydroxyl radicals) in an atmosphere. U.S. Patent Number: 10697890 is entitled “Apparatus and Method of Hydroxyl Detection” and was awarded on June 30, 2020. The patent came from their research on hydroxyl radiometers.

Dr. Joanna Joiner Named Recipient of 2020 William Nordberg Memorial Award for Earth Science

06/24/2020
Photo of JoannaWe are thrilled to announce the selection of Dr. Joanna Joiner as the 2020 William Nordberg Memorial Award for Earth Science winner.

Dr. Joiner is being recognized for exceptional scientific breakthroughs and leadership in the remote sensing of clouds, trace gases, and photosynthesis.

Dr. Joiner serves as Deputy Project Scientist for the NASA EOS Aura satellite and is the lead for the U.S. OMI Science Team, managing the core team that provides critical support for OMI science team members and the wider user community. Together with her international co-Leads, Dr. Joiner accepted the 2018 USGS Pecora Award on behalf of the entire OMI Science Team.

Of particular note is Dr. Joiner’s innovative application of inelastic rotational Raman scattering (the Ring Effect) in UV remote sensing to derive trace-gas vertical profiles and to measure the Solar Induced Fluorescence (SIF) of chlorophyll as a means of estimating gross primary production (GPP) over land surfaces. These contributions, and insights that have produced additional improvements to SO2 retrieval, represent major advances in the field of UV remote sensing, having wide practical implications.

Dr. Joiner will be presented with the William Nordberg Memorial Award during a future Scientific Colloquium that will be scheduled once we are all back on Center.

Earth Matters Blog: The Race to Understand the Science of Coronavirus

05/05/2020
Ever since a new and deadly strain of coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) emerged in China and then spread around the world, the virus has upended life in many countries. Scientists at NASA and other institutions have hustled to track and make sense of our new reality with every tool and technique at their disposal, including satellite data.

Earth Day Countdown: T-13–Air Quality from Space

04/09/2020
On Feb. 18 a new era began in an international effort to improve air quality science and forecasting around the world . The first of three instruments in a pioneering new space-based constellation launched from French Guiana to make hourly daytime measurements of several air pollutants.

Earth Matters Blog: Nimbus-4–A Satellite Pioneer For Ozone Research

04/09/2020
When NASA launched the Nimbus-4 satellite 50 years ago, nobody knew the ozone layer over Antarctica was thinning. And nobody knew that chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs)—long-lived chemicals that had been used in refrigerators and aerosol sprays since the 1930s—were responsible.

Earth Day Countdown Blog: T-17–Chemistry in the Atmosphere

04/05/2020
Air pollution can appear as a gray or orange haze enveloping a city. What the naked eye can’t see are the hundreds of chemical reactions taking place to produce that pollution. NASA science can reveal a more complete picture of atmospheric chemistry.

Version 2 Aura Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) SO2 Product Release

04/01/2020
Available at GES DISC, the new product features several updates that significantly improve data quality over clouds, over background areas, and over snow/ice. The 15+ year OMI SO2 data record is the longest among the same type of sensors, and will continue to provide global monitoring of important anthropogenic and volcanic sources of SO2.

Earth Day Countdown Blog: T-22–Watching Levels of Sulfur Dioxide Pollution Drop

03/31/2020
Here’s a breath of fresh air: In the United States, levels of the toxic air pollutant sulfur dioxide have fallen by 90% since 1980, according to Environmental Protection Agency data from ground-based sensors.

Coronavirus Impacts Field Work

03/27/2020
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 Day Countdown Blog: T-32 -- Victory in the Ozone Layer

03/21/2020
Since the 1960s, scientists from NASA and NOAA, using a combination of satellite, aircraft and balloon measurements, have worked together to study the ozone layer, which acts like a sunscreen for Earth, blocking harmful ultraviolet rays emitted by the Sun.

Stauffer Interviewed by Capital Weather Gang

03/13/2020
Ryan Stauffer (614/UMD) was featured in The Washington Post Capital Weather Gang story on the thick smoke observed in the DC and Baltimore region on March 8, 2020. Smoke from a controlled burn near Quantico, Virginia, drifted into DC midday and into Baltimore by late evening Sunday, and led to particulate pollution and poor air quality at the surface.

Capital Weather Gang Interviews Ryan Stauffer

12/27/2019
Ryan Stauffer (UMD) was interviewed by The Washington Post Capital Weather Gang for a December 24 article on poor air quality in the Washington DC Region. Stagnant air from a persistent high pressure system led DC to exceed the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for fine particulate matter on both December 22 and 23.

Earth Expeditions Blog: A New Flame- Airborne Campaign the First to Sample Borneo Fire Smoke in Detail

09/16/2019
Read about the Cloud, Aerosol, and Monsoon Processes Philippines Experiment (CAMP2Ex) studying the impact of smoke from fires and pollution on clouds.

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