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Delay of TROPICS Launch Due to Unfavorable Winds

NASA and Rocket Lab are now targeting no earlier than 11:30 p.m. EDT Thursday, May 25, (3:30 p.m. NZST Friday, May 26th) for the launch of the agency’s TROPICS (Time-Resolved Observations of Precipitation structure and storm Intensity with a Constellation of Smallsats) mission, from Launch Complex 1 in Mahia, New Zealand.

It’s Launch Day Again for NASA’s TROPICS CubeSats

Launch day is here for NASA’s TROPICS (Time-Resolved Observations of Precipitation structure and storm Intensity with a Constellation of Smallsats) mission! Atop a Rocket Lab Electron rocket, a pair of small satellites await liftoff from Launch Complex 1 in Māhia, New Zealand, to join a pair of recently deployed TROPICS satellites that launched just over two weeks ago.

Earth Expeditions: In Dust and Clouds Over Africa, Scientists Find Clues to How Hurricanes Form

When the dust that wafts off the Sahel and Sahara regions of Africa mixes with tropical clouds, it creates what’s known as a rainy “disturbance” in the eastern Atlantic. These disturbances are hurricanes in their youngest form, and as they travel across the ocean, they can either dissipate or grow into powerful storms.

To study these infant storms, a group of NASA scientists in September 2022 spent a month flying off the northwestern coast of Africa aboard NASA’s DC-8 research plane. Each day, the team took off from Cabo Verde, an island nation off the west coast of Africa, logging roughly 100 hours altogether. The mission, known as the Convective Processes Experiment – Cabo Verde (CPEX-CV) released its data publicly on April 1.

Research on Megafire Smoke Plumes Cited

Steve Guimond (612/UMBC) had two news stories published last week highlighting new science on megafire smoke plumes analyzed with the NASA GEOS climate model. The findings were published in the Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems and reveal the impact of model dynamics on identifying the aerosol properties of these smoke plumes and the formation of anti-cyclonic vortices. Read the stories here and here.

Division Members Support Bilingual NASA ARSET Training

NASA ARSET just completed an advanced, bilingual, online training titled "Crop Mapping using Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and Optical Remote Sensing." This three-part training built on previous ARSET agricultural trainings. Here we presented more advanced radar remote sensing techniques using polarimetry and a canopy structure dynamic model to monitor crop growth. The training also covered how to apply machine learning methods to classify crop type using a time series of Sentinel-1 & Sentinel-2 imagery. ARSET trainers Sean McCartney (610/SSAI) and Erika Podest (JPL/Caltech) delivered the training along with guest speakers Armando Marino (University of Stirling), Krištof Oštir (University of Ljubljana), Matej Račič (University of Ljubljana), Heather McNairn (AAFC/AAC), Emily Lindsay (AAFC/AAC), and Xianfeng Jiao (AAFC/AAC). Brock Blevins (612/SSAI), Selwyn Hudson-Odoi (612/UMBC), David Barbato (612/UMBC), Sarah Cutshall (612/SSAI), Natasha Johnson-Griffin (612/GST), and Jonathan O’Brien (612/SSAI) supported the training. In attendance were 1,977 participants from 127 countries and 37 US states. Approximately 900 unique organizations were represented. You can access the materials en español here.

Lab Members Participate in ARSET Training

Brock Blevins (612/SSAI), Selwyn Hudson-Odoi (612/UMBC), David Barbato (612/UMBC), Sarah Cutshall (612/SSAI), Natasha Johnson-Griffin (612/GST), and Jonathan O’Brien (612/SSAI) supported the NASA ARSET training titled "Biodiversity Applications for Airborne Imaging Systems." This four-part training first highlighted the use of hyperspectral Visible to Shortwave Infrared (VSWIR) imaging spectroscopy data for measuring and monitoring terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity (e.g., mapping plant or phytoplankton functional types). Next, the series focused on using thermal and LiDAR data for characterizing the structure and function of ecosystems using airborne campaigns including the Hyperspectral Thermal Emission Spectrometer (HyTES) and NASA's Land, Vegetation, and Ice Sensor (LVIS). In attendance were 1,342 participants from 108 countries and 44 US states. Approximately 700 unique organizations were represented.

Terra, Aqua, and Aura Data Continuity Workshop Dates Announced and Questions and Answers Posted

NASA’s Terra, Aqua, and Aura Data Continuity Workshop will be held virtually on May 23-25, 2023. Sessions will run daily from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time/10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Central Time/8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time. The NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES) has posted a questions and answers document on the Request for Information’s (RFI) Landing Page. When they become available following the close of the RFI, NSPIRES will post on the RFI’s landing page under “Other Documents” 1) a Workshop Agenda, 2) Registration link and 3) Webex Information. Agenda suggestions and additional questions or comments may be emailed to; please include "NNH23ZDA010L" in the subject line. Request for Information: NASA’s Terra, Aqua, and Aura Data Continuity Workshop Number: NNH23ZDA010L Release Date: March 1, 2023 Response Date: April 4, 2023 Short Direct URL to the RFI:
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Three GPM Scientists Selected for 2023 Agency Honor Awards

Three GPM scientists have been selected for 2023 NASA Agency Honor Awards
- David T. Bolvin (612/SSAI) – Exceptional Public Service Medal: For outstanding sustained contributions that position NASA as the leading trusted source of global precipitation data.

- Gerald M. Heymsfield (612) – Exceptional Technology Achievement Medal: For outstanding end-to-end innovation and use of NASA high-altitude aircraft and satellite radars that provide fundamental and unique precipitation data and science results.

- Jackson Tan (612/UMBC) – Early Career Achievement Medal: For outstanding advancement of precipitation science by unveiling the rainfall properties of cloud regimes and providing multi-satellite algorithm innovations.

Congratulations to each of them!

Topical Cyclone Freddy Video Proves Popular

The GPM video "Tropical Cyclone Freddy NASA Tracks Freddy, Longest-lived Tropical Cyclone on Record" is now in the top-10 most-viewed videos posted to Goddard’s YouTube channel over the past year (see the list of the most popular all-time here: NASA Goddard - YouTube), and the top Earth science video over the same period with 80K views. Credits: Jason West (619-PPS/ADNET), animation; Steve Lang (612/SSAI), story; George Huffman (612), voice-over; Ryan Fitzgibbons (130/KBRwyle), production.

IMPACTS on The Weather Channel

Ed Nowottnick (612) and Charles Helms (612/UMD) appeared in a segment on The Weather Channel discussing the NASA IMPACTS field campaign. The segment aired on 13 March and is available on the NASA Ames Earth Science Projects Office website here.

NPR Highlights 2023 IMPACTS Campaign

National Public Radio's All Things Considered recently featured NASA's 2023 IMPACTS campaign.

Earth Expeditions: A Nervous Flier’s Guide to Riding the Snowy Skies

This blog comes to you from NASA’s P-3 plane for the Investigation of Microphysics and Precipitation for Atlantic Coast Threatening Snowstorms (IMPACTS) field campaign.

GPM Mentorship Program Registration Opens

The second edition of the Global Precipitation Measurement Mission (GPM) Mentorship program is now open for registration. Limited seats are available.

In 2022 over 50 participants from around the world learned from top subject matter experts on a wide array of precipitation-related topics. IMERG, DPR, ground validation, data discovery, and processing were some of the many topics discussed in the program. 12 capstone projects were also developed by the participants in close collaboration with SMEs who acted as mentors.

In 2023, the program will continue to offer a unique training opportunity to users (novice to intermediate). Staff will also introduce exciting upgrades, for an even more interactive and competitive learning experience. The deadline to register is Jan. 31, 2023.

IMPACTS 2023 Begins

The IMPACTS field campaign is flying out of Wallops to study how snowstorms form. By flying through and around storms, IMPACTS is collecting data to improve forecasts of snowstorms from space. This is the fourth year of the IMPACTS mission.

2022 610AT Peer Awards Announced

On December 6, 2022, ESD's Atmospheres organization hosted its annual peer awards ceremony in hybrid format. The 2022 610AT Peer Awards included:

Best Senior Author Publication: Tianle Yuanz (613/UMD) and Jerald Ziemke (614/Morgan State Univ.); Best Science Highlight or Nugget: Sujung Go (613/Morgan State Univ.) and Ghassan Taha (614/Morgan State Univ.); Distinguished Contribution Group Award: Lisa Nalborczyk (612/SSAI), Cathy Newman (613/SSAI), and Tyeisha Philson (614/SSAI), Susannah Pearce (613/GST), Rashida Holland (613/GST), and Nathan Perrin (613/GST) and NO2 Sonde Instrument Team (614 ) – Steve Bailey (555), Andrew Swanson (614/UMBC), Hieu Nguyen (JSC-OD/CACI NSS), Reem Hannun (614/UMBC), Ryan Stauffer (614), and Tom Hanisco (614); Field Campaign Support: Taka Iguchi (612/UMD); Science: Chris Kidd (612/UMD) and Can Li (614/UMD); Engineering and/or Instrument Development or Support: Jason St Clair (614/UMBC) and Michael Gray (614/SSAI); Science Software Development: Vinay Kayetha (614/SSAI) and Robert Joyce (612/SSAI); IT or Web Support: Frank Gomez (61A/ADNET); Administrative or Business Support: Kyu-Myong Kim (613/NASA), Linda Whetzel (614/X3M Systems), and Carol Holcombe (157.1/NASA); Outreach or Mentoring: Andrea Portier (612/SSAI); Special Recognition Award: G. Thomas Arnold (613/SSAI).

Lab Members Support ARSET Training

NASA's Applied Remote Sensing Training (ARSET) Program completed an intermediate, online training titled, "Accessing and Analyzing Air Quality Data from Geostationary Satellites." This three-part training, offered in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Institute Of Environmental Research (NIER, South Korea), provided an overview of geostationary capabilities for monitoring air quality around the world, introduced geostationary aerosol datasets from GOES-East, GOES-West, Himawari 8, and the Geostationary Environment Monitoring Spectrometer (GEMS), and presented data access and python tools to read and analyze the datasets. This training was delivered by Pawan Gupta (USRA/MSFC), Melanie Follette-Cook (612), Sarah Strode (614/MSU), and guest speakers Aaron Naeger (TEMPO/MSFC), Amy Huff and Sujung Go (613/UMBC). Selwyn Hudson-Odoi (612/UMBC), David Barbato (612/UMBC), Sarah Cutshall (612/SSAI), and Jonathan O’Brien (612/SSAI) supported the training. In attendance were 860 participants from 102 countries and 38 US states. Approximately 425 unique organizations were represented.

GPM Monitors Hurricane Ian

Hurricane Ian became one of the strongest hurricanes on record to strike Florida when it made landfall Wednesday, Sept. 28th, 2022. The NASA/JAXA GPM Core Observatory provided data on the storm and its movements.

Rodell and Tao named Class of 2022 AGU Fellows

We are happy to announce Dr. Matthew Rodell and Dr. Wei-Kuo Tao have been elected to the Class of 2022 AGU Fellows. This is a tremendous acknowledgement of their significant scientific achievements and contributions to the broader community. Congratulations to Matt and Wei-Kuo for this well-earned honor!

Dr. George Huffman Named Recipient of 2022 William Nordberg Memorial Award for Earth Science

George Huffman speaking in front of a video screenWe are thrilled to announce the selection of Dr. George Huffman as the 2022 William Nordberg Memorial Award for Earth Science winner.

Dr. Huffman is being recognized for outstanding contributions to, and leadership of, algorithm development, science, and applications of the TRMM and GPM multi-satellite precipitation analyses.

Dr. Huffman received his B.S. in Physics at The Ohio State University (1976) and a Ph.D. in Meteorology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1982). He then was an Assistant Professor at University of Maryland, College Park, then moved to GSFC in 1988, where he consulted until entering government service in 2012. Dr. Huffman’s primary focus has been the design, implementation, and extension of combined (satellite-gauge) estimates of global precipitation. The resulting data sets include the Global Precipitation Climatology Project (GPCP) monthly and daily products (carried out as a contribution to the World Climate Research Program, WCRP); the NASA Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) Multi-satellite Precipitation Analysis; and the successor NASA Global Precipitation Measurements (GPM) mission’s Integrated Multi-satellitE Retrievals for GPM (IMERG). Allied work includes estimating errors and extreme precipitation event statistics. Dr. Huffman is the Project Scientist for GPM, as well as the lead for the GPM Multi-satellite Algorithm Team. His research has resulted in 145 publications, 15 as first author, and numerous presentations. As well, he is the Chief for the Mesoscale Atmospheric Processes Lab, Code 612, at GSFC. Recent awards include NASA/GSFC Special Act Team Award, Earth Sciences Division Lab Management, 2021; NASA/GSFC Robert H. Goddard Group Award for Science, IMERG Development Team, 2019; Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, 2019; and NASA Exceptional Service Medal, 2018.

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

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.

Earth Expeditions Blog: Planning, Coordinating and Communicating – The Science Behind Winter Storm Chasing Experiments

As the snowstorm headed through New York on February 24, one professor at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York spent the hours leading up to it preparing his students to head right into the storm.

Earth Expeditions Blog: Storm Chasing Scientists Fly Into the Clouds to Understand Winter Snowstorms

Imagine the feeling of flying on an airplane. Smooth sailing, clear skies, not a cloud in sight. It’s a relaxing ride that many take for work or recreational travel. Now imagine flying through clouds, with the turbulence of different intensities...

Earth Expeditions Blog: Up, up and away – Launching Balloons in a Blizzard

Andrew Janiszeski and Troy Zaremba blow up a weather balloon in a dark hotel lobby. The weather was calm last night when they drove into Plymouth, Massachusetts, but this morning a blizzard is raging outside. Snow is piling up in the hotel parking lot, wind gusts are near 70mph, and the power is out – but they have a job to do...

2022 IMPACTS Winter Field Campaign Begins

Various personnel are supporting the Investigation of Microphysics and Precipitation for Atlantic Coast-Threatening Snowstorms (IMPACTS) field campaign. Follow along at the SnowIMPACTS Twitter feed (maintained by Univ. of Washington) or learn more here.

Lang Highlights India's 2021 Monsoon

Stephen Lang (612/SSAI) wrote an article using IMERG to examine precipitation patterns for the 2021 monsoon in India. The article was shared to web and social media by Jacob Reed (617/Telophase).

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