Research News and Features

2010 News and Features

Following are news releases, features and updates about GISS research for calendar year 2010. News and Featuress are also available for 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, and 2004.

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Global Temperature and Europe's Frigid Air

Despite a significant cold snap in much of Europe and a strong La Niña, November 2010 was globally the warmest November on record according to the GISS analysis. (Dec '10)
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NASA Models Earth's Fiery Past and Future

A new study which examines climate's effect on forest fires has found that rising temperatures caused by climate change will lead to large increases in fire activity in some regions. (Oct '10)
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How Carbon Dioxide Controls Earth's Temperature

A new atmosphere-ocean climate modeling study shows that the planet's temperature depends, ultimately, on the atmospheric level of carbon dioxide. (Oct '10)
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Measuring the Greenhouse Effect

Water vapor and carbon dioxide are key greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. But which is more important, and how do they interact? (Oct '10)
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How Warm Was This Summer?

An unparalleled heat wave in eastern Europe, coupled with droughts and fires around Moscow, put Earth's temperatures in the headlines this summer. (Sep '10)
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Does Black Carbon Increase Cooling from Clouds?

Soot particles in the atmosphere absorb radiation, but studies suggest their effect on cloud cover and thickness may promote an overall net cooling. (Sep '10)
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Thumbs Up or Down for Soot Mitigation?

The climatic effects of soot emissions depend greatly on its composition. The result of reducing emissions will vary depending on what sources are targeted. (Aug '10)
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What Global Warming Looks Like

Unusually high temperatures were recorded in many regions in July 2010. What does this portend for the 2010 mean global temperature? (Aug '10)
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Climate Change and Sahelian Rainfall

Climate model projections of 21st century precipitation trends in Africa's Sahel disagree about whether to expect more frequent droughts or a rainier future. (Jul '10)
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Who CARES About Carbonaceous Aerosols?

The U.S. Department of Energy led the Carbonaceous Aerosol and Radiation Effects Study, including NASA researchers, to analyze the way these particles affect the area downwind of Sacramento. (Jul '10)
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Irrigation and 20th Century Climate

Modeling the effect of irrigation on temperature and precipitation over the past century points to the need to include it in future studies, especially where water resources are not sustainable. (Jun '10)
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Goddard Introduces NASA Center for Climate Simulation

NASA recently introduced integrated supercomputing, visualization, and data interaction technologies that will enhance weather and climate prediction research. (Jun '10)
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GISS Best Publication of 2009

GISS scientists voted "Saturn atmospheric structure and dynamics" by Del Genio et al. as the top work among over 100 papers by institute staff published in 2009. (Apr '10)
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From Ash in the Wind to Smoke from the Stack

Aerosols don't just come from spray cans. Any airborne particle or droplet, whether from a canister, the smokestack of a factory, or a dust storm, is an aerosol. (Feb '10)
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Cold Snaps Plus Global Warming Do Add Up

Even as the globally averaged temperature trends upward, extended periods of regionally cool weather and even historic snowfalls can still occur. (Feb '10)
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Road Transport Emerges as Key Driver of Warming

A new NASA study indicates that motor vehicles are the greatest contributor to atmospheric warming. They release gases that promote warming while emitting few aerosols that counteract it. (Feb '10)
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Discussing Climate and Economic Sectors

GISS scientist Nadine Unger discusses a study that assessed which segments of the economy impact the climate the most, and what direction they push it. (Feb '10)
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2009 Ends Warmest Decade on Record

A new NASA analysis of global surface temperature shows that 2009 was statistically tied for the second warmest year in the modern record. (Jan '10)
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Discussing the Temperature Record

GISS climatologist Gavin Schmidt answers several questions about the meaning of global temperature reports and how the numbers are determined. (Jan '10)
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