News and Feature Articles

2017 News and Feature Articles

Curvy Contrails

Satellite image of contrails

Viewing satellite imagery of clouds sometimes reveals curiosities in the sky.

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Our Living Planet Shapes the Search for Life Beyond Earth

Rendering of Earth is viewed as an exoplanet

As we move to the next stage in the search for alien life, the knowledge and tools NASA has developed to study life on Earth will be one of the greatest assets in the quest.

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Increasing Resiliency to Extreme Weather

Satellite imagery of Hurricane Maria

The 2017 hurricane season could be the turning point in planning for climate resilience. NASA scientists provide risk information for preparatory action.

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NASA Study Improves Search for Habitable Worlds

Artist rendering of a star illuinating an atmospehre

New NASA research is helping to refine our understanding of candidate planets beyond our solar system that might support life.

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GISS Scientist Wins 2017 Nordberg Award

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Tony Del Genio, of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 William Nordberg Memorial Award.

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GISS Scientists Select Best Institute Paper of 2016

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Scientists at NASA/GISS have voted the article “ Was Venus the first habitable world of our solar system?” by Michael Way et al. as the top work among over 180 research publications by institute staff published in 2016.

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Another Hot July

Global map of July 2017 temperature anomaly

July 2017 was statistically tied with July 2016 as the warmest July in the 137 years of modern record-keeping.

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Core Questions: An Introduction to Ice Cores

Margarita Marinova using an auger to drill a core

How drilling deeply can help to understand climates of the past and predict climates of the future.

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NASA Airborne Mission Returns to Africa to Study Smoke, Clouds

NASA's P-3 aircraft as it's prepared for departure from the Wallops Flight Facility

NASA's P-3 research plane begins flights this month through both clouds and smoke over the South Atlantic Ocean to understand how aerosols change the properties of clouds.

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Hubble Detects Exoplanet with Glowing Water Atmosphere

Artist rendering of hot Jupiter WASP-121b

Scientists have discovered the strongest evidence to date for a stratosphere on a planet outside our solar system on WASP-121b, an exoplanet described as a "hot Jupiter".

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Atmospheric Circulation Shifts Alter Clouds, Affect Climate Sensitivity

Photo of tropic cloud cover

Shifts in atmospheric circulation and consequent changes in cloud cover lead to differing temperature effects in the north and south hemispheres. How well climate models simulate this influences their climate sensitivity.

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Study Evaluates Efficiency of Oceans as Heat Sink, Gas Sponge

Diagram of AMOC

Models of Atlantic circulation find the ocean absorbs atmospheric gases more easily than heat energy, and that slowing circulation reduces its ability to absorb both.

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A Whole New Jupiter: First Science Results from NASA's Juno Mission

Imagery of Jupiter's south pole

Early results from NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter portray the giant planet as a complex world with Earth-sized polar cyclones, deep-diving storm systems, and a lumpy magnetic field generated deeper than once thought.

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Study Finds Primitive Atmosphere Around 'Warm Neptune'

Artist rendering of HAT-P-26b

A study combining observations from NASA’s Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes reveals that the distant exoplanet HAT-P-26b has a primitive atmosphere composed almost entirely of hydrogen and helium.

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NASA Awards Goddard Institute For Space Studies Contract

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NASA has awarded a contract to SciSpace LLC of Bethesda, Maryland, for specialized scientific support services to the Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York.

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Disappearing Groundwater Used to Grow Traded Food

Global map of 2016 temperature anomaly

A NASA-university study has found that 11% of global non-renewable groundwater drawn up for irrigation goes to produce crops that are then traded on the international market.

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February 2017 Was Second Warmest February On Record

Map of GISTEMP Feb 2017 anomaly

At 1.1°C above the 1951-1980 average, February 2017 was the second warmest February since modern record-keeping began almost 140 years ago.

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January 2017 Was Third Warmest January On Record

Map of GISTEMP Jan 2017 anomaly

Although markedly cooler than the record January a year earlier, January 2017 was the third warmest January since modern record-keeping began.

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NASA, NOAA Data Show 2016 Warmest Year on Record Globally

Global map of 2016 temperature anomaly

Earth's 2016 surface temperatures were the warmest since modern recordkeeping began in 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and NOAA.

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Smoldering Shifts to Flame as Climate Forces Forest Change

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A study of lake sediment records from Connecticut reveals interactions between past climate, forest ecology, and fire indicators.

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Can Climate Change be Noticed Locally?

Barcharts of Common Sense Climate Index

After almost 20 years, GISS has re-visited the Common Sense Climate Index, a value whose persistent change should be perceptible to the general public.

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