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The NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), at Columbia University in New York City, is a laboratory of the Earth Sciences Division of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and a unit of the Columbia University Earth Institute. Research at GISS emphasizes a broad study of global climate change.


* Wetlands' Outsize Influence on Climate
The role of wetlands in the climate system is twofold because of their important part in the hydrologic cycle and in the methane that they emit. (Oct '07)
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* Global Warming and Violent Weather
GISS scientists have developed a new climate model that indicates that the most violent severe storms and tornadoes may become more common as Earth's climate warms. (Aug '07)
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* Climate Approaches Dangerous "Tipping" Point
GISS research finds that human-made greenhouse gases have brought the Earth's climate close to potentially dangerous consequences for the planet. (May '07)
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* Climate Change and Summer Heat Waves
A NASA study suggests that greenhouse-gas warming may raise average summer temperatures in the eastern U.S. nearly 10°F by the 2080s. (May '07)
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* Storms Power Saturn's Jet Streams
New Cassini mission research suggests eddies, or giant rotating storms, are the "engine" powering Saturn's jet stream winds. (May '07)
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* The Color of Life, Here and Out There
NASA scientists believe they have found a way to predict the color of plants on planets in other solar systems. (Apr '07)
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* Particulate Consequences
Changes over the next few decades in the types of aerosol pollutants and where they are emitted will affect how climate changes. GISS scientists recently looked at two possible scenarios. (Mar '07)
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* Global "Sunscreen" Has Likely Thinned
A new NASA study has found that an important counter-balance to the warming of our planet by greenhouse gases appears to have lost ground. (Mar '07)
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Descriptions of our areas of study: climate modeling, Earth observations, climate impacts, planetary atmospheres, and more.
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Data & Images
An archive of research products resulting from our work.
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A database of research papers and other scientific documents prepared by our personnel over the past 40 years.
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Software Tools
Applications developed for specific research topics and for general analytic use.
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Information about research education opportunities at GISS and a variety of teacher resources.
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About GISS
Who, what, and where at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies.
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GISS Intranet
Access restricted to the giss.nasa.gov domain.
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