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Vice President Harris Visits NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

11/05/2021
Accompanied by Senator Chris Van Hollen and NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, Vice President Kamala Harris visited NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. At her visit, Vice President Harris heard presentations describing how the nation's space program studies climate change and provides crucial information to understand our planet's changes and their impacts on our lives. Lesley Ott (610.1) presented an overview of NASA climate change research and a hyperwall presentation highlighting the impacts of climate change as observed from space and the role of Earth system models in helping communities prepare. Ott was joined by Pam Melroy from NASA Headquarters, who introduced NASA's Earth Science Division, and Christian Braneon (611) from the Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Braneon provided examples of communities using satellite data in their environmental decision making. The event concluded with NASA Administrator Nelson and Goddard biospheric scientist Lola Fatoyinbo (618) presenting the first light Landsat-9 image.

Gabon's Mangrove Tree Research Highlighted

10/27/2021
As part of its coverage of the U.N. COP26 climate conference, Reuters published a story on Gabon's efforts to study the amount of carbon stored in their mangroves. The article cited research by Dr. Lola Fatoyinbo.

NASA Earth Expeditions: Too Remote, Too Wild, and Too Cold: Helping Satellites See Arctic Greening With Boots on the Ground

10/06/2021
Far up in northern Alaska, Logan Berner’s legs are burning with pain from trekking over tussocks in grassy valley bottoms and rugged, cloud-choked mountain passes. He’s spending a couple of weeks of 2021’s summer traversing the mountainous Brook Range, carrying just the essentials to sustain him in the expanse of the Alaskan Arctic.

Notes from the Field: Unraveling the Mysteries of Arctic Greening and Browning

10/05/2021
Following caribou and brown bear trails when possible, a small NASA-supported research team trekked 800 miles across Alaska’s Brooks Range last summer. With additional support from NSF, the Alaska Space Grant Program, and the Explorers Club/Discover, the research team is collecting extensive ecological field data that will be linked with satellite observations to better understand long-term changes in vegetation, including impacts of climate warming. The Arctic is warming nearly twice as rapidly as the rest of the planet and the impacts are becoming increasingly evident as glaciers melt, permafrost thaws, and tundra greens.

NASA Earth Expeditions Blog: Landsat Launch Brings City of Lompoc Together

09/29/2021
In early 2021, local artist (and Lompoc Mural Society curator) Ann Thompson competed in and won the call for artists to commemorate Landsat 9’s launch and the Landsat program’s 50th anniversary. Along with representatives from NASA, the U.S. Geological Survey, United Launch Alliance, and the city of Lompoc, Thompson helped dedicate the mural for its official opening on September 26, 2021, one day before Landsat 9’s launch.

NASA Earth Expeditions Blog: Liftoff for Landsat 9

09/28/2021
11AM, Lompoc Airport

Launch day dawned gray and cool, with low-hanging cloud cover and a light drizzle. While the launch crew ran through their final procedures and checks before launch, I went to the public viewing site at Lompoc Airport, where several tents’ worth of activities and a “not-quite-life-sized” cutout of Landsat 9 greeted visitors.

NASA Earth Expeditions Blog: In Lompoc, Scientists Gather for Landsat Trivia Night

09/27/2021
It’s a smoky Saturday evening in the small town of Lompoc, California, and most of the streets are quiet — except for the warmly lit tables and flickering tiki torches in the outdoor dining area at Hangar 7. It’s Landsat Trivia Night, and the small restaurant is bustling with about three dozen scientists, engineers, project managers, and techies of all sorts from NASA, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the United Launch Alliance.

NASA Earth Expeditions Blog: ‘The most exciting beep I’ll ever hear’

09/24/2021
When the Landsat 9 satellite launches to space next week, it won’t be going alone. NASA is partnering with the U.S. Space Force to launch four CubeSats — miniature satellites — on the same Atlas V rocket that’s taking Landsat 9 to its orbit 438 miles above Earth.

NASA Earth Expeditions Blog: Meet Landsat 9

09/23/2021
It’s less than four days before the planned launch of Landsat 9, and the perfect time to learn about this amazing satellite and the nearly 50-year-old Landsat program.

Earth Matters Blog: Data in Harmony

05/17/2021
The Harmonized Landsat Sentinel-2 dataset combines Landsat and Sentinel-2 imagery into a seamless product.

Morton and Hoy Support NASA Earth Day Live Shots

04/22/2021
Doug Morton (618) and Liz Hoy (618/GST) participated in a NASA Earth Day Live Shots event to discuss NASA Earth Science highlights with television audiences around the country. Overall, Doug and Liz completed interviews with 10 stations including stations in Florida, Texas, Virginia, Utah, Arkansas, Louisiana, and West Virginia – with one of the Florida interviews being in a top 20 TV market.

NBC's Today Show - Intern Interview

04/15/2021
GSFC intern Liza Goldberg, along with her mentor, Lola Fatoyinbo, were interviewed on the TODAY show in a segment highlighting her work -- including developing a platform to get NASA data into classrooms called “Cloud to Classroom.”

Earth Matters Blog: Landsat -- Continuing the Legacy

04/01/2021
Five decades ago, NASA and the U.S. Geological Society launched a satellite to monitor Earth’s landmasses. The Apollo era had given us our first look at Earth from space and inspired scientists to regularly collect images of our planet. The first Landsat — originally known as the Earth Resources Technology Satellite (ERTS) — rocketed into space in 1972. Today we are preparing to launch the ninth satellite in the series.

Poulter Interviewed by BBC Radio

02/21/2021
Ben Poulter (618) was interviewed by the BBC Radio program “The Climate Question” for their episode “Have we planted too much faith in trees?”

Goldberg Featured on NBC Bay Area

02/17/2021
Liza Goldberg (618/UMD) was featured on a segment for NBC Bay Area, where she highlighted her work on bringing Earth Observation and Remote Sensing into classrooms, through her initiative called Cloud to Classroom.

Earth Matters Blog: A Checkup for Carbon

02/11/2021
Every year, a group of scientists affiliated with the Global Carbon Project give Earth something like an annual checkup. Among the key questions they address: how much carbon is stored in the atmosphere, the ocean, and the land? And how much of that carbon has moved from one reservoir to another through fossil fuel burning, deforestation, reforestation, and uptake by the ocean each year?

Goldberg Featured by Nob Hill Gazette

01/31/2021
Liza Goldberg (618/UMD) was featured in the Nob Hill Gazette in a piece entitled, “Movers and Shakers: Thinking Outside the Box Pays Off.”

Masek Discusses Landsat on PBS Podcast

12/17/2020
Jeffrey Masek (618) discussed satellite technologies and the Landsat Program on the PBS podcast “NovaNow.” The episode is titled “How the future of satellites might affect life on Earth” and also features Dr. Danielle Wood (MIT), who was formerly of NASA Goddard.

New Version of Global Chikungunya Risk Mapping and Forecasting Application Released

12/04/2020
Vector-borne disease (VBD) team, A. Anyamba (618/USRA) B. Bishnoi (618/USRA), H. Tubbs (618/USRA), R. Damoah (618/MSU), and J. Small (618/USRA), have released a new version of the Global Chikungunya Risk Mapping and Forecasting Application (CHIKRisk App). The application supports Department of Defense global disease surveillance efforts for force health protection and Pan-American Health Organization's public health early warning.

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.

Laboratory Members Named to Highly Cited Researchers List

11/18/2020
Congratulations to Jeffrey Masek, Douglas Morton, and Benjamin Poulter 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.

Poulter Discusses COVID-19 and FIre Activity

09/11/2020
Ben Poulter (618) was interviewed by Science about how COVID-19 has caused a decline in fires in the Southeastern United States and what this means for fuel reduction and future fire risk.

Voice of America Discusses Arctic Wildfires with Hoy and Morton

09/04/2020
Liz Hoy (618/GST) and Doug Morton (618) were interviewed for an article published in Voice of America on Arctic Wildfires.

Anyamba Featured in New Netflix Series

08/07/2020
Assaf Anyamba (618/USRA) is featured in the new Netflix series Connected: The Hidden Science of Everything hosted by Latif Nasser. In "Clouds" (Episode 5), Anyamba describes how massive amounts of NASA satellite-derived climate data and disease data from a variety of sources are combined using cloud computing technology and machine learning methods to map and forecast areas at potential risk for disease outbreaks globally. He also illustrates how these satellite measurements are related to focal ground observations of the environment and mosquito vector populations that drive disease outbreaks. Filming locations included Goddard’s Scientific Visualization Studio (August 2019) and a field site in Free State Province, South Africa (September 2019).

Earthdata Blog: Using Satellites to Measure the Size and Shape of Mangroves

07/01/2020
Researchers use remote sensing to measure mangrove forest extent and tree height to inform sustainable management of these ecosystems.

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