Declining Snowpacks May Cut Many Nations' Water

MODIS imagery of snow-covered mountains

Snow is an important seasonal water source around large mountain chains. A new study has examined the potential effects of declining snow accumulations in many regions around the world, identifying areas that may be particularly vulnerable. (2015-11-19)

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Accounting for Climate's Backseat Drivers

Photo of Canadian oil sands refinery

The climate would be a much easier system to study if there was only one thing going on at a time. Unfortunately, all of the different external forcings happen independently. As climate changes, can we make any clear attributions to the individual factors? (2015-10-23)

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Smoke Blankets Indonesia

Satellite imagrey of Indonesian fire smoke

Fires in Indonesia are persistent, difficult to extinguish, and very polluting. Climatologists worry that this year could be very bad as a strong El Niño influences reduces regional rainfall. (2015-09-27)

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NYCRI Students Team with Teachers, NASA Scientists

Group photo of students and educators

Every summer, high school and undergraduate students team up with teachers and NASA scientists at NASA GISS in New York City. Known as the New York City Research Initiative, the program brings students and teachers face-to-face with premier scientists. (2015-09-16)

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Sea Level Rise Hits Home at NASA

Image of NASA Kennedy launchpad

The nation‘s problem of sea level rise is also NASA‘s problem, and not just because several satellites and hundreds of Earth scientists are monitoring the rising seas. Sea level rise hits especially close to home because half to two-thirds of NASA‘s infrastructure and assets stand within 16 feet of sea level. (2015-08-26)

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Three NASA Scientists Honored as AGU Fellows

Photos of Travis and Rosenzweig

Larry Travis and Cynthia Rosenzweig from the Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City as well as Lorraine Remer, an affiliate of the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, have been named fellows by the American Geophysical Union. (2015-08-10)

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Climate Change Research Initiative

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About GISS

Research at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) emphasizes a broad study of global change, which is an interdisciplinary initiative addressing natural and man-made changes in our environment that occur on various time scales — from one-time forcings such as volcanic explosions, to seasonal and annual effects such as El Niño, and on up to the millennia of ice ages — and that affect the habitability of our planet.

GISS is located at Columbia University in New York City. The institute is a laboratory in the Earth Sciences Division of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and is affiliated with the Columbia Earth Institute and School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Recent Publications

Peteet, D., J. Nichols, C. Moy, A. McGeachy, and M. Perez, 2015: Recent and Holocene climate change controls on vegetation and carbon accumulation in Alaskan coastal muskegs. Quat. Sci. Rev., 131A, 168-178, doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2015.10.032.

Puma, M.J., S. Chon, and Y. Wada, 2015: Exploring the potential impacts of historic volcanic eruptions on the contemporary global food system. PAGES, 23, no. 2, 66-67.

Field, R.D., M. Luo, D. Kim, A.D. Del Genio, A. Voulgarakis, and J. Worden, 2015: Sensitivity of simulated tropospheric CO to subgrid physics parameterization: A case study of Indonesian biomass burning emissions in 2006. J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., early on-line, doi:10.1002/2015JD023402.

Naud, C.M., and B.M. Kahn, 2015: Thermodynamic phase and ice cloud properties in northern hemisphere winter extratropical cyclones observed by Aqua AIRS. J. Appl. Meteorol. Climatol., 54, no. 11, 2283-2303, doi:10.1175/JAMC-D-15-0045.1.

Mankin, J.S., D. Viviroli, D. Singh, A.Y. Hoekstra, and N.S. Diffenbaugh, 2015: The potential for snow to supply human water demand in the present and future. Environ. Res. Lett., 10, no. 11, 114016, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/10/11/114016.

Druyan, L., and M. Fulakeza, 2015: Downscaling GISS ModelE boreal summer climate over Africa. Clim. Dyn., early on-line, doi:10.1007/s00382-015-2880-y.