Research News and Features

2011 News and Features

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

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Climate History Hints at Potential Rapid Changes

New research into Earth's climate history suggests the potential for rapid climate changes, including multiple meters of sea level rise, this century if global warming is not abated. (2011-12-08)
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Ancient Dry Spells Offer Clues on Future Drought

As parts of Central America and the U.S. Southwest endure some of the worst droughts in decades, scientists have found new evidence about ancient dry spells that suggest the future could bring even more serious shortages. (2011-12-05)
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Understanding Ice Formation in Arctic Clouds

Airborne and ground-based measurements from an International Polar Year field project were used to revisit a long-standing problem in cloud physics: what is the primary source of ice crystals in mixed-phase clouds? (2011-11-07)
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NASA Scientist Receives Climate Communications Award

Gavin Schmidt, a climate scientist based at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York City, has received the inaugural Climate Communications Prize from the American Geophysical Union. (2011-10-24)
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Impact of Tropical Atlantic Temperatures on Rainfall

A regional climate model study examines the influence of warm ocean surface temperatures in the eastern tropical Atlantic in summer to see what an increase of a few degrees Celsius does to rainfall. (2011-08-10)
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Earth's Climate History: Implications for Tomorrow

Study of Earth's past climate reveals not only how much Earth's temperature may change due to increased greenhouse gases but also the significant changes in sea level that could result. (2011-07-20)
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Panoply 3.0 Released

A new major version of the GISS netCDF, HDF and GRIB data viewing application has been released. Panoply is a cross-platform tool that runs on most desktop and laptop computers. (2011-05-02)
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Adapting to Sea Level Rise in New York City

As warming climate causes sea level rise, coastal urban areas such as New York City face more frequent and intense episodic flooding following storms and inundation of some low-lying areas. (2011-04-26)
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GISS Best Publication of 2010

GISS scientists have voted "Atmospheric CO2: Principal control knob governing Earth's temperature" by Lacis et al. as the top work by institute staff published in 2010. (2011-04-08)
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Cleaner Vehicle Standards Good for Health, Agriculture, Climate

A new analysis shows stricter vehicle emission standards would yield major health, agricultural, and climate benefits. (2011-04-01)
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Cassini Sees Seasonal Rains Transform Titan's Surface

As spring continues to unfold at Saturn, April showers on the planet's largest moon, Titan, have brought methane rain to its equatorial deserts. (2011-03-17)
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NASA Names Mishap Board for Taurus Failure Investigation

NASA has selected the chair and six members of the board which will investigate the failure of the Taurus launcher which was to carry the Glory spacecraft into orbit. (2011-03-09)
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NASA Creates Glory Satellite Mishap Investigation Board

The Glory mission ended after the spacecraft failed to reach orbit following its March 4 launch. Telemetry indicated the fairing, a protective shell atop the satellite's Taurus XL rocket, did not separate as expected. (2011-03-04)
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Glory Satellite Scheduled for Launch on March 4

Technical issues with ground support euipment have been resolved, and launch of NASA's Glory satellite is now scheduled for the early morning of Friday, March 4. (2011-03-01)
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NASA Assessing New Launch Dates for Glory

Preparations for the launch of NASA's Glory mission have been suspended temporarily as engineers continue to troubleshoot a malfunction in ground support equipment. (2011-02-24)
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Next Step in NASA Climate Studies Set to Launch

Q&A about Glory, NASA's next Earth-observing satellite mission, which was scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Feb. 23. (2011-02-22)
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Cleaning the Air Would Limit Short-Term Warming

Q&A with Drew Shindell, leader of a recent of a recent United Nations Environment Program, on the effect cleaner air would have on climate warming. (2011-02-20)
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Glory Promises New View of Perplexing Particles

A new satellite should help scientists pinpoint just how much of an effect on climate aerosols can have. (2011-02-16)
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Glory Aims to Unravel Aerosol Uncertainties

Engineers and technicians at Vandenberg Air Force base, Calif., are preparing the Earth-observing satellite Glory for launch on Feb. 23. (2011-02-10)
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Clouds — An Unwelcome Blanket for Arctic Sea Ice?

A study of Arctic climate finds that cloud cover mostly oscillates between two widely different states, which affects our understanding of and ability to predict sea ice decline. (2011-02-07)
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Glory to Study Key Pieces of the Climate Puzzle

NASA's Glory spacecraft will offer a new stream of data that climatologists will use to improve the accuracy of climate models. (2011-01-20)
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Global Temperature Records in Close Agreement

Climate data from multiple institutions support NASA's findings: 2010 ties 2005 as the warmest year in the 131-year instrumental record. (2011-01-13)
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2010 Ties for Warmest Year on Record

Despite a La Niña in the Pacific and a frigid year's end in Europe, global surface temperatures in 2010 tied 2005 as the warmest on record according to Goddard Institute for Space Studies analysis. (2011-01-12)
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