Research News and Features

2009 News and Features

Following are news releases and science briefs for calendar year 2009. News and Featuress are also available for 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, and 2004.

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Sea Ice Retreat and Arctic Pollution

As the Arctic ice cap shrinks during the coming decades, the chemistry of the polar troposphere should also change. (Dec '09)
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Survival of Tibetan Glaciers

Along with greenhouse gases, black soot from upwind pollution sources threatens to eliminate glaciers from the Tibetan Plateau during the 21st century. (Dec '09)
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Can the Oceans Keep Pace with Industrial Emissions?

In a new estimate of industrial carbon absorbed by the oceans, evidence is seen for a recent slow-down in their capacity to keep up with emissions. (Dec '09)
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Catalog of Change

From declining fish catches in African lakes to shortened hibernation of North American mammals, climate change is having observable impacts around the world. (Nov '09)
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How do Global Soot Models Measure Up?

Seventeen global black carbon models were compared with measurements from ground networks, aircraft and satellite and found to generally have enough "soot" but to underestimate absorption. (Nov '09)
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Ocean Temperature Variations and Rainfall

A regional climate simulation of the equatorial eastern Atlantic found a surprising change in rainfall in one latitude zone in response to sea temperature changes in an adjacent zone. (Nov '09)
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Think Global, Act Local

A study that examined how pollution causes variations in how much solar radiation reaches Earth's surface used both local and satellite data. (Nov '09)
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Aerosols Boost Warming Potential of Some Gases

Certain gases that cause warming are so closely linked with aerosol production that emissions of one type of pollutant can affect the quantity of the other. (Oct '09)
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NASA Expands High-End Computing System for Climate Simulation

More powerful computers needed to process the sophisticated models used in climate forecasts are now being developed at NASA GSFC. (Aug '09)
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Alaskan Climate Change and Peatland Carbon Storage

Analysis of fossil pollen and spores from northern peatland reveals major shifts in Alaskan coastal climate and vegetation since the last ice age, which affects carbon storage potential. (Aug '09)
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Super-Eruptions, Climate and Human Survival

Explosive volcanic eruptions can cool climate for a short period, but can a super-eruption such as occurred 74 thousand years ago lead to ice sheet formation? (Jul '09)
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Taking Flight To Seek Out Least Understood Climate Driver

A NASA research plane crisscrossed the southern Great Plains studying small particles in the air and their relationship to climate change. (Jul '09)
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Linking Climate and Habitability

Scientists are now learning how small shifts in climate can have dramatic consequences for the planet's environment and the life that depends on it. (Jun '09)
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Transportation Pollution and Global Warming

Controlling pollution from transportation sources would greatly reduce black carbon and ozone emissions, which affect both climate and also human health. (Jun '09)
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Particles Multi-Task to Change Climate

Tiny particulate matter in the atmosphere can both warm and cool the climate. Which effect is dominant, and will the balance change as the atmosphere warms due to greenhouse gases? (May '09)
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The Ozone Hole and Global Warming

A new study examines possible connections between reduced Southern Hemisphere ozone and Northern Hemisphere Arctic warming. (May '09)
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GISS Best Publication of 2008

GISS scientists voted "Attributing physical and biological impacts to anthropogenic climate change" by Rosenzweig et al. as the top work among over 100 papers by institute staff published in 2008. (May '09)
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Aerosols May Drive Significant Portion of Arctic Warming

New research suggests that much of the atmospheric warming observed in the Arctic since 1976 may be due to changes in tiny airborne particles. (Apr '09)
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New Aerosol Observing Technique Turns Gray Skies to Blue

A new detection technique and a new satellite instrument should help ease the struggle of detecting tiny particles in the air that may affect global climate. (Mar '09)
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Climate-Research Satellite One Step Closer to Orbit

The Aerosol Polarimetry Sensor, an advanced scientific instrument that will be launched on the Glory satellite, has successfully completed environmental testing. (Mar '09)
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Cassini Watches as Change Comes to Titan

Part of the southern latitudes of Saturn's moon Titan appears to have been flooded by a summer cloudburst of hydrocarbon rain, as seen in images taken before and after a large storm system. (Jan '09)
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Satellites Confirm West Antarctic Warming

A new analysis has overturned the belief that global warming in Antarctica was limited to the Antarctic Peninsula and leaving the rest of the continent little affected. (Jan '09)
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GISS Director Honored by AMS

Dr. James Hansen has been awarded the Rossby Research Medal by the American Meteorological Society for contributions to climate science and science communication. (Jan '09)
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Cooler, but Still Warm

Although global temperatures were cooled by La Niña early in the year, 2008 was among the ten warmest years since reliable recordkeeping began. (Jan/Feb '09)
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Solar Variations and Climate

Modeling studies show that changes in solar irradiance that occur during the solar cycle have an influence on rainfall patterns, much like weighting the dice. (Jan '09)
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