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Way Discusses Venus Exploration with Fraser Cain

Michael Way (611) was interviewed by Fraser Cain, publisher of Universe Today and co-host of Astronomy Cast, about “The Future of Venus Exploration.”

Three SED Scientists named 2022 AAAS Fellows

Three Sciences and Exploration Directorate scientists have been named 2022 fellows by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in recognition of their scientifically and socially distinguished achievements in the scientific enterprise. Rita Sambruna (600) was recognized in Astronomy, Jennifer Wiseman (660) was recognized in Physics, and Dorothy Peteet (611) was recognized in Earth Science. Congratulations to all!

Schmidt Quoted in The Weather Network Article

Gavin Schmidt (611/GISS) was quoted in The Weather Network’s news article “We just had one of the hottest years on record; El Niño could make it worse.”

2022 Clarivate (Web of Science) Highly Cited Researchers

Matt Rodell (610), Rolf Reichle (610.1), Ben Cook (611), Alex Ruane (611), Alexei Lyapustin (613), Joanna Joiner (614), Doug Morton (618), and Ben Poulter (618) were selected as 2022 Highly Cited Researchers by Clarivate (Web of Science). 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.

NASA GLOBE Land Cover Challenge 2022: Land Cover in a Changing Climate

The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program invites you to take part in our upcoming Land Cover Challenge: “Land Cover in a Changing Climate.”

The photos you take using The GLOBE Program’s GLOBE Observer app document the current land cover and may also show evidence of land cover or land use change in the area. We especially encourage you to look for places you know have changed (or where you know change is coming), and put any information about the reasons or timing for that change in the field notes section. While existing land cover databases (such as the 50-year record from the Landsat satellite) may be able to indicate where change is happening, they don’t always include the reasons why those changes occurred, so any local, on-the-ground knowledge you share with us can be especially helpful.

Schmidt Discusses Climate on CNN

Gavin Schmidt (611) discusses on CNN’s “Hopeful take on climate progress" how he remains encouraged climate continues to be a global priority.

Climate Feedback Drought Article Features Cook

Benjamin Cook (611) was featured in the Climate Feedback organization's article entitled “Water scarcity in a changing climate: will drought get worse with warming?” The article explores the relationship between climate change and drought and examines the ways in which global warming is likely to impact water scarcity around the world.

Rosenzweig Receives 2022 World Food Prize

Cynthia Rosenzweig, a senior research scientist and head of the Climate Impacts Group at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York City, received the 2022 World Food Prize from the World Food Prize Foundation. According to the World Food Prize Foundation, the World Food Prize is a prestigious international award conceived as the "Nobel Prize for Food and Agriculture" with a mission to elevate innovations and inspire action to sustainably increase the quality, quantity and availability of food for all.

Rosenzweig was selected for the award for her research to understand the relationship between climate and food systems and forecast how both will change in the future. Her modeling work has provided a foundation for decision-makers around the world to create strategies to mitigate climate change and adapt our food systems to a changing planet, which has helped communities worldwide address the consequences of Earth’s changing climate.

GISS Scientists Select Best Paper of 2021

Scientists at NASA/GISS have voted the article "CMIP6 historical simulations (1850-2014) with GISS-E2.1" by Ron Miller et al.. as the top work among close to 200 research publications by institute staff published in 2021. The paper appeared in the Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems. Runners-up included "Observational constraint on cloud feedbacks suggests moderate climate sensitivity" by Cesana and Del Genio and "Changes in biomass burning, wetland extent, or agriculture drive atmospheric NH3 trends in select African region" by Jonathan Hickman et al.

WSJ Article Discusses Climate Change Impacts

Gavin Schmidt (611) was featured in The Wall Street Journal’s “Impacts of Climate Change Now Severe and Widespread, U.N. Panel Says” discussing the attribution of current damages and impacts to anthropogenic climate change.

Schmidt Featured in CNN Climate Interview

Gavin Schmidt (611) discussed climate and changes in the Arctic and Antarctica with CNN.

2021 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers

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.

EarthSky Thunderstorms Article Feature Highlights Schmidt

Gavin Schmidt (611) was featured on EarthSky’s “Intense storms from global warming, and a mission to study them” article answering questions about the possibility of thunderstorms increasing in intensity or frequency due to global warming.

Schmidt Featured in Daily Mail Article

Gavin Schmidt (611) was featured on Daily Times “Rainfall could replace snowfall in the Arctic by 2060” article indicating that changes in the artic are already profound.

Ruane Featured in Brinkwire Article

Alexander Ruane (611/CU) was featured on Brinkwire’s media article "Climate Change and Its Environmental Impacts on Crop Growth is a NASA study."

Schmidt Opinion Article in The New York Times

Gavin Schmidt (611) featured his illustrative and interactive "What Climate Change Looks Like from Space" article in The New York Times.

Vice President Harris Visits NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

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.

Schmidt Comments on 2021 Nobel Prize in Physics

Gavin Schmidt (611) spoke with several media outlets regarding on the 2021 Nobel Prize winners in Physics.

• Wall Street Journal (Robert Lee Hotz and Benjamin Katz) in the article "Nobel Prize in Physics Awarded to Trio for Study of Climate Change, Complex Systems"
• Bloomberg (Eric Roston) in the article "The Nobel Prize Is a Lagging Indicator of Climate Change"
• ABC NEWS (David Keyton and Seth Borenstein) in the article "Physics Nobel rewards work on climate change, other forces"

Schmidt Featured on AccuWeather

Gavin Schmidt (611) was interviewed by Melissa Constnazer from AccuWeather for the feature "‘People have many different routes:' Climate scientist calls for action."

GISS Megadrought Study Featured on ABC10 News

Benjamin Cook (611) was interviewed by ABC-10 for the featured news article “Megadroughts more likely in the Western U.S. even with strict emissions control” regarding a new study by GISS scientists indicating longer, hotter droughts are more likely in Western United States.

IPCC Report, the Dixie Fire, Extreme Weather and More

GISS scientists have been responding to multiple media inquiries regarding the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, wildfires, drought, extreme weather, and the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC). Media outlets included The Verge, The New York Times, National Geographic, Reuters, The Washington Post, Science Magazine, The New Republic, The Atlantic, and others.

Science Article Highlights Models and IPCC Report

Gavin Schmidt (611) was featured in Science Magazine’s article, ‘U.N. climate panel confronts implausibly hot forecasts of future warming’ by Paul Vonsen.

NASA's Curious Universe Podcast

With Earth’s recent record-breaking temperatures, the pace of sea level rise has accelerated. NASA scientists take us on a trip into their research right here on our home planet. Join us as we fly over Antarctic ice sheets and consult with orbiting satellites on this exploration of our changing Earth.

GISS Interns Named 2021 John Mather Nobel Scholars

GISS interns Madeline Casas and Lana Tilke were awarded as John Mather Nobel Scholars for 2021 by the John and Jane Mather Foundation for Science and the Arts in partnership with the National Space Grant Foundation. Casas is currently working on the project “Analysis of Climate Model Simulations,”mentored by Gavin Schmidt (611). Tilke is working on the project “Exploring the Dynamics of Exoplanetary Atmospheres and Oceans with ROCKE-3D,” mentored by Michael Way (611).

Braneon Receives AXA Award for Climate Science

Congratulations to climate impacts researcher Dr. Christian Braneon of NASA's GISS and of Columbia University's Earth Institute CCSR for receiving a 2021 AXA Award for Climate Science. Dr. Braneon’s award was specifically for his contribution to understanding climate change impacts on urban, agriculture and natural systems as well as climate justice.

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