About GISS

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.

Recent Publications

Tapiador, F.J., R. Roca, A. Del Genio, B. Dewitte, W. Petersen, and F. Zhang, 2019: Is precipitation a good metric for model performance? Bull. Amer. Meteorol. Soc., 100, no. 2, 223-233, doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-17-0218.1.

Alexander, P.M., A.N. LeGrande, E. Fischer, M. Tedesco, X. Fettweis, M. Kelley, S.M.J. Nowicki, and G.A. Schmidt, 2019: Simulated Greenland surface mass balance in the GISS ModelE2 GCM: Role of the ice sheet surface. J. Geophys. Res. Earth Surf., early on-line, doi:10.1029/2018JF004772.

Oltmanns, M., F. Straneo, and M. Tedesco, 2019: Increased Greenland melt triggered by large-scale, year-round cyclonic moisture intrusions. The Cryosphere, 13, 815-825, doi:10.5194/tc-13-815-2019.

Baek, S.H., J.E. Smerdon, R. Seager, A.P. Williams, and B.I. Cook, 2019: Pacific Ocean forcing and atmospheric variability are the dominant causes of spatially widespread droughts in the contiguous United States. J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., early on-line, doi:10.1029/2018JD029219.

Cesana, G., A.D. Del Genio, A.S. Ackerman, M. Kelley, G. Elsaesser, A.M. Fridlind, Y. Cheng, and M.-S. Yao, 2019: Evaluating models' response of tropical low clouds to SST forcings using CALIPSO observations. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 2813-2832, doi:10.5194/acp-19-2813-2019.