Research News and Features

2012 News and Features

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

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Climate Modelers and the Moth

A new study explores the relative control of vegetation life cycles and meteorology in the climate-model context, and its implications for model development and complexity decisions. (2012-12-11)
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Storms in the Machine

To estimate the odds of a major typhoon striking a coastal region and how climate change may shift those odds, a statistical model examines how the El Niño cycle affects storm generation and behavior. (2012-11-21)
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Fresh Air for the Future

A study of tropospheric ozone and black carbon, pollutants from human activities which disrupt Earth's climate, shows that emission control measures could prevent millions of premature deaths by the year 2030. (2012-10-10)
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Research Links Extreme Heat Events to Global Warming

A new statistical analysis has found that Earth's land areas have become much more likely to experience an extreme summer heat wave than they were in the middle of the 20th century. (2012-08-06)
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Mars24 Sunclock v. 7 Released

Just in time for the landing of MSL Curiosity, a new major version of the cross-platform Mars24 sunclock desktop application has been released. (2012-08-03)
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The Titanian Seasons Turn, Turn, Turn

Images of high-altitude haze concentration and a vortex materializing at the south pole show that the seasons are turning on Saturn's moon Titan. (2012-07-10)
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Cassini Shows Why Jet Streams Cross-Cut Saturn

Scientists studying images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft have found that heat from within the planet powers the jet streams. (2012-06-25)
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The Great Ice Meltdown and Rising Seas

What lessons can we learn from the past history of glacial ice melt and sea-level rise about what will happen in the next century as the climate warms? (2012-06-11)
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GISS Best Publication of 2011

GISS scientists have voted "Earth's Energy Imbalance and Implications" by Hansen et al. as the top work by institute staff published in 2011. (2012-05-28)
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Plants Blooming, Leafing Earlier

Decades of data show plants are leafing and flowering sooner each year than predicted by controlled experiments designed to predict plant responses to rising temperatures. (2012-05-02)
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Will a Warmer World Be Stormier?

No single extreme event is evidence of climate change. But what is the likelihood of more events such as stronger thunderstorms and hurricanes as surface temperatures rise? (2012-04-24)
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Cassini Spies Wave Rattling Jet Stream on Jupiter

New movies of Jupiter are the first to catch an invisible wave shaking up one of the giant planet's jet streams, an interaction that also takes place in Earth's atmosphere. (2012-03-13)
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Bright is the New Black

A study including NASA scientists has found that covering roofs of New York City buildings can drastically reduce surface temperatures, cutting into the sweltering phenomenon called the 'urban heat island.' (2012-03-07)
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Far-Out Photosynthesis

As we search for habitable planets in other solar systems, how similar can we expect the optical signs of photosynthesis to be those of Earth? (2012-02-29)
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NASA Awards Goddard Institute for Space Studies Contract

NASA has awarded a contract to Trinnovim, LLC, of Arlington, Va., for specialized scientific support services to the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York City. (2012-02-16)
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Earth's Energy Budget Remains Out of Balance

A new NASA study underscores the fact that greenhouse gases generated by human activity — not changes in solar activity — are the primary force driving global warming. (2012-01-30)
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NASA Scientists Elected 2012 AGU Fellows

GISS's Anthony Del Genio is one of three NASA Goddard Space Flight Center scientists to be distinguished as Fellows of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in 2012. (2012-01-30)
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NASA Finds 2011 Ninth-Warmest Year on Record

The global average surface temperature in 2011 was the ninth warmest since 1880, according to NASA scientists. This continues a trend in which nine of the 10 warmest years in the modern record have occurred since 2000. (2012-01-19)
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Health, Food Security Benefit from Climate Change Actions

A new study by NASA highlights air pollution control measures that, if implemented, could slow the pace of global warming, improve health and boost agricultural production. (2012-01-12)
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