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, NOAA Analyses Reveal Record-Shattering Global Warm Temperatures in 2015
    Earth?s 2015 surface temperatures were the warmest since modern record keeping began in 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
  • Jason-3 Launches to Monitor Global Sea Level Rise
    Jason-3, a U.S.-European oceanography satellite mission with NASA participation that will continue a nearly quarter-century record of tracking global sea level rise, lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California Sunday at 10:42 a.m. PST (1:42 p.m. EST) aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
  • NOAA?s Jason-3 Spacecraft Ready for Launch
    NOAA?s Jason-3 Spacecraft Ready for Launch
  • NASA's CORAL Campaign Will Raise Reef Studies to a New Level
    A new three-year NASA field expedition gets underway this year that will use advanced instruments on airplanes and in the water to survey more of the world?s coral reefs in far greater detail than has ever been assessed before. The COral Reef Airborne Laboratory (CORAL) will measure the condition of these threatened ecosystems and create a unique d
  • NASA Reaches New Heights in 2015
    In 2015, NASA explored the expanse of our solar system and beyond, and the complex processes of our home planet, while also advancing the technologies for our journey to Mars, and new aviation systems as the agency reached new milestones aboard the International Space Station.
  • Study Shows Climate Change Rapidly Warming World?s Lakes
    Climate change is rapidly warming lakes around the world, threatening freshwater supplies and ecosystems, according to a new NASA and National Science Foundation-funded study of more than half of the world?s freshwater supply.
  • NASA Examines Global Impacts of the 2015 El Niño
    People the world over are feeling, or soon will feel, the effects of the strongest El Niño event since 1997-98, currently unfolding in the eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean. New satellite observations are beginning to show scientists its impact on the distribution of rain, tropospheric ozone and wildfires around the globe.
  • New NASA Satellite Maps Show Human Fingerprint on Global Air Quality
    According to recent NASA research findings, the United States, Europe and Japan have improved air quality thanks to emission control regulations, while China, India and the Middle East, with their fast-growing economies and expanding industry, have seen more air pollution.
  • NASA Studies High Clouds, Saharan Dust from EPIC View
    From a dusty atmosphere stretching across the Atlantic Ocean to daily views of clouds at sunrise, a new NASA camera keeping a steady eye on the sunlit side of Earth is yielding new insights about our changing planet.
  • As Earth Warms, NASA Targets ?Other Half? of Carbon, Climate Equation
    During a noon EST media teleconference today, NASA and university scientists will discuss new insights, tools and agency research into key carbon and climate change questions, as the agency ramps up its efforts to understand how Earth?s ocean, forest, and land ecosystems absorb nearly half of emitted carbon dioxide today.


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613 Seminar: Patrick C. Taylor
Wednesday, February 17, 2016

How do clouds respond to variations in sea ice?  The answer to this question depends significantly on the characteristics of the Arctic circulation. Sea ice-cloud interactions are importa…