Climate & Radiation: Mission

We investigate atmospheric radiation, both as a driver for climate change and as a tool for the remote sensing of Earth's atmosphere and surface. Our Climate research program seeks to better understand how our planet reached its present state, and how it may respond to future drivers, both natural and anthropogenic.

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  • NASA Begins Sixth Year of Airborne Antarctic Ice Change Study
    NASA is carrying out its sixth consecutive year of Operation IceBridge research flights over Antarctica to study changes in the continent?s ice sheet, glaciers and sea ice. This year?s airborne campaign, which began its first flight Thursday morning, will revisit a section of the Antarctic ice sheet that recently was found to be in irreversible decline.
  • Satellite Data Shows U.S. Methane ?Hot Spot? Bigger than Expected
    One small ?hot spot? in the U.S. Southwest is responsible for producing the largest concentration of the greenhouse gas methane seen over the United States ? more than triple the standard ground-based estimate -- according to a new study of satellite data by scientists at NASA and the University of Michigan.
  • NASA Study Finds Earth?s Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed
    The cold waters of Earth?s deep ocean have not warmed measurably since 2005, according to a new NASA study, leaving unsolved the mystery of why global warming appears to have slowed in recent years.
  • NASA Invites Public to Participate in #SkyScience for Earth Science Week
    NASA is inviting people around the globe to step outside during Earth Science Week, Oct. 12-18, observe the sky and share their observations as citizen scientists.
  • 2014 Arctic Sea Ice Minimum Sixth Lowest on Record
    Arctic sea ice coverage continued its below-average trend this year as the ice declined to its annual minimum on Sept. 17, according to the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
  • NASA Airborne Campaigns Focus on Climate Impacts in the Arctic
    Over the past few decades, average global temperatures have been on the rise, and this warming is happening two to three times faster in the Arctic. As the region?s summer comes to a close, NASA is hard at work studying how rising temperatures are affecting the Arctic.
  • NASA Awards Cross-track Infrared Sounder Instrument for the Joint Polar Satellite System-2 Mission
    NASA has awarded a sole source contract modification to Exelis, Inc., Geospatial Systems, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, for the Cross-track Infrared Sounder (CrIS) Instrument for flight on the Joint Polar Satellite System-2 (JPSS-2) mission.
  • Space Station Crew Members Tour NASA Facility, Talk Earth Science
    Astronauts Rick Mastracchio of NASA and Koicha Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will tour NASA?s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, at 10 a.m. EDT Wednesday, Sept. 17. Reporters are invited to join the tour.
  • NASA Hosts Media Briefing to Announce New Earth-Observing Role for International Space Station
    NASA opens a new era this month in its exploration of our home planet with the launch of the first in a series of Earth science instruments to the International Space Station. A media briefing on this addition to NASA?s Earth-observing program will air at 1 p.m. EDT Monday, Sept. 8, on NASA Television and the agency's website.
  • International Global Precipitation Measurement Mission Data Goes Public
    The most accurate and comprehensive collection of rain, snowfall and other types of precipitation data ever assembled now is available to the public. This new resource for climate studies, weather forecasting, and other applications is based on observations by the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory, a joint mission of NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), with contributions from a constellation of international partner satellites.


Lecture Series

James Irons
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

áThe two best aspects of coming to work for 35 years at GSFC have been the opportunity to work on research and projects of societal consequence and the opportunity to work with and around an amazing a…