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Tan Selected for AMS Editor's Award

07/31/2020
The Council of the American Meteorological Society voted to award Jackson Tan (613/USRA) an Editor’s Award for his reviews in the Journal of Hydrometeorology. The citation reads “For insightful and timely reviews of numerous manuscripts in the field of precipitation remote sensing.”

Gong Receives Citation for Excellence in Refereeing

07/10/2020
Each year, the American Geophysical Union publications department recognizes outstanding reviewers selected by the editors of each AGU journal. Congratulations to Dr. Jie Gong (613/USRA) for her selection for the 2019 AGU Editors' citation for excellence in refereeing for Geophysical Research Letters.

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.

Earth Matters Blog: NASA, ESA, and JAXA Provide Global Observations of COVID-19 Impacts

06/29/2020
NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have joined forces to create the COVID-19 Earth Observation Dashboard. The web platform combines the collective scientific power of the agencies’ Earth-observing satellites to document changes in the environment and society in response to the pandemic.

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

06/24/2020
We 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.

2019 Robert H. Goddard Award Recipients

06/23/2020
Congratulations to the all the 610 recipients of 2019 Robert H. Goddard awards:

Andrew Lacis – Award of Merit
Thomas Neumann – Leadership
Gavin Schmidt – Mission & Enabling Support
Trena Ferrell – Outreach
Geoffrey Bland – Outreach
Jacob Reed – Outreach
Sabrina Hosein – Professional/Administrative
John Yorks – Science
Lazaros Oreopoulos – Science
Hongbin Yu – Science
Brooke Medley – Science
Dalia Kirschbaum – Science
Matthew Montanaro – Science
Nima Pahlevan – Science
George Riggs – Science
Jeanne Sauber-Rosenberg – Science
ICESat-2 Constraint Analysis and Monitoring System Team/Scott Luthcke – Engineering Teams
Space Geodesy Project/Stephen Merkowitz – Engineering Teams
IMERG Development Team/George Huffman – Science Teams
Operation IceBridge Team/Joseph Macgregor – Science Teams
The Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) Project Science Team/
Jeremy Werdell – Science Teams
ICESat-2 POD/PPD Team/Scott Luthcke – Science Teams

Earth Matters Blog: Pathfinder for COVID-19

06/08/2020
The COVID-19 Data Pathfinder provides links to datasets that can be used to research changing environmental impacts from modified human behavior patterns during the global pandemic.

Christa Peters-Lidard Named Goddard Acting Chief Scientist

05/06/2020
Photo of Christa Peters-Lidard Christa Peters-Lidard, Deputy Director for Hydrosphere, Biosphere, and Geophysics, has been appointed to serve as the Acting Chief Scientist for NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. In this capacity, Christa will advise Goddard's leadership team on Goddard's scientific research priorities. She will also represent Goddard on the Agency’s Science Council, while Jim Garvin, Goddard's Chief Scientist, has been temporarily assigned to serve as the Principal Investigator of the Deep Atmosphere Venus Investigation of Noble gases, Chemistry, and Imaging Plus (DAVINCI+) mission. Congratulations, Christa, on your new role at Goddard!

Claire Parkinson Named Finalist for Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal

05/05/2020
Photo of Claire Parkinson On May 3, 2020, the nonprofit, nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service announced 27 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal (Sammies) finalists for 2020 – outstanding federal employees who serve the public good and are addressing many of our country’s greatest challenges. One of those winners is climatologist and author, Claire Parkinson of the Earth Sciences Division.

Claire was selected for her achievements in conducting breakthrough scientific research documenting how the changing sea ice covers in the Arctic and Antarctic oceans have played a significant role in climate change and for her role as Project Scientist for the Aqua satellite. Claire is one of six finalists in the Paul A. Volcker Career Achievement category.

The Sammies, known as the “Oscars” of government service, are a highly respected honor with a rigorous selection process. Congratulations, Claire!

Earth Day Countdown Blog

04/21/2020
50 days of stories and images to mark 50 years of celebrating our home planet.

Earth Matters Blog: Assessing Locust Damage from the Ground

04/16/2020
East Africa is experiencing one of its worst locust outbreaks in decades. To help manage outbreaks, NASA scientists are developing tools to track locust breeding grounds and to assess crop damage.

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.

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.

Ralph Kahn to receive 2019 Nordberg Award

11/27/2019
Photo of Ralph Kahn We are thrilled to announce the selection of Ralph Kahn as the 2019 William Nordberg Memorial Award for Earth Science winner. Ralph Kahn has dedicated most of his scientific career to studying aerosols and their major influences on air quality, aviation safety, cloud properties, and global climate. He has conducted pioneering work to greatly advance our understanding of aerosol interactions with their environment and to influence relevant research directions of GSFC, NASA, and the Earth science community as a whole. His work as MISR Aerosol Scientist has resulted in more than 15 years of global high quality aerosol observations from MISR. Ralph has validated detection algorithms of key sources of biomass burning aerosols, characterized their strength and injection heights into the atmosphere, and showed how to identify and track ash plumes from volcanic eruptions. These techniques are routinely used by aerosol scientists worldwide. Kahn has built an enduring legacy at GSFC for his outstanding ability to build collaborations between NASA mission teams. He has been instrumental in bringing together the aerosol teams of MISR, MODIS, CALIPSO, and OMI and urged the modeling and satellite communities to come together. Kahn’s scientific influence is also evident in his prodigious publication record. Publication prowess is only one facet of his scientific reputation and standing. Kahn entertains a ceaseless stream of invitations for talks at scientific meetings and educational/research institutions. Ralph also cares deeply about community outreach and mentoring early-career scientists. His educational credentials include contributions to the Encyclopedia of Remote Sensing, lending frequently his expertise for Earth Observatory stories, and being a founder and editor of PUMAS, an on-line journal providing pre-college teachers peer-reviewed enrichment material (Outstanding Education Product Award in 1999). Many of his former mentees have moved on to successful positions in academia and government.

2019 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers

11/19/2019
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 Greg Faluvegi (611/CU), Cynthia Rosenzweig (611), Alex Ruane (611), Joanne Joiner (614), Matthew Rodell (617), Jeffrey Masek (618), Douglas Morton (618), and Benjamin Poulter (618),

FY2019 SECP graduates

10/09/2019
Goddard’s Science and Engineering Collaboration Program (SECP) serves as a training ground for future lead engineers and principal investigators. The SECP was created to bridge the gap between the GSFC scientific and engineering communities to strengthen engineers’ understanding of the programs and culture within Code 600, increase scientists’ understanding of the resources available within Code 500 for developing new concepts, and to foster collaboration between Code 500 and Code 600 on new space flight technology ideas and concepts. William Brinckerhoff (690) and Rajat Bindlish (617) “graduated” from the program on October 9.
photo of Brinckerhoff receiving certificate photo of Bindlish receiving certificate

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.

Douglass Receives 2020 AMS Joanne Simpson Mentorship Award

08/07/2019
photo of Anne DouglassCongratulations to Dr. Anne Douglass for being named recipient of the 2020 AMS Joanne Simpson Mentorship Award. Her citation reads: "For patient guidance and boundless encouragement of young scientists, and for leading by example as a researcher, writer, and project scientist." Her award will be presented at the 100th AMS Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, in January 2020. Congratulations to Anne on this honor and for continuing Dr. Joanne Simpson's legacy of mentorship at GSFC.

Notes from the Field Blog: Supporting Quality Insurance for Farmers with Earth Observation Data

07/10/2019
Scientists gathered in Kenya to discuss how satellite data can best be used to promote farmer and pastoralist resilience to drought.

Earth Matters Blog: Watching the 2019 Women's World Cup from Space

07/02/2019
Millions of people have been watching the 2019 Women's World Cup in France, setting a record number for viewers. At least three of those spectators are watching from space.

EO On This Day

06/26/2019
In honor of our 20th anniversary, we offer a selection of some of the most beautiful, newsworthy, interesting, and scientifically important images from the past 20 years — one for each day of the calendar year.

Arctic Research Highlighted in The Washington Post

06/13/2019
In The Washington Post article "Adrift in the Arctic," Dr. Melinda Webster of the Cryospheric Sciences Laboratory discusses the upcoming Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC) campaign and its importance for understanding our Earth and how it is changing.

Earth Matters Blog: A Bit Less of Excelsior Glacier in Photographs

06/11/2019
In a recent article, we showed satellite imagery of the dramatic retreat of Alaska’s Excelsior Glacier over the past two decades. The glacier has shortened by 30 percent since 1994, primarily due to rising temperatures and calving. What was once ice is now a pool of meltwater called Big Johnstone Lake. Images collected closer to the ground also show dramatic change.

Earth Matters Blog: Spreading Grasslands — Not Homo erectus — Wiped Out Africa’s Big Animals

06/06/2019
Seven million years ago, some truly spectacular creatures roamed the woodlands of East Africa.

NASA Hurricane 2019 Precipitation Mission Resources

06/05/2019
NASA has a unique and important view of hurricanes around the planet. Satellites and aircraft watch as storms form, travel across the ocean and sometimes, make landfall. After the hurricanes have passed, the satellites and aircraft see the aftermath of hurricanes, from downed forests to mass power loss.
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