Thick peat, El Niño weather, and economic development in Indonesia came together to produce prodigious fires and planet-warming emissions. Scientists around the world used many different tools to better understand why the fires were so severe and what their impact was on human health and the environment. (2015-12-01)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.
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