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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.


* New Observing Technique Turns Gray Skies Blue
A new detection technique and a new satellite instrument should help ease the struggle of detecting tiny particles in the air that may affect global climate. (Mar '09)
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* Climate-Research Satellite a Step Closer to Orbit
The Aerosol Polarimetry Sensor, an advanced scientific instrument to be launched on the Glory satellite, has successfully completed environmental testing. (Mar '09)
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* Cassini Watches as Change Comes to Titan
Part of the southern latitudes of Saturn's moon Titan appears to have been flooded by a summer cloudburst of hydrocarbon rain, as seen in images taken before and after a storm. (Jan '09)
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* Satellites Confirm West Antarctic Warming
A new analysis has overturned the belief that global warming in Antarctica was limited to the Antarctic Peninsula and leaving the rest of the continent little affected. (Jan '09)
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* GISS Director Honored by AMS
Dr. James Hansen has been awarded the Rossby Research Medal by the American Meteorological Society for contributions to climate science and science communication. (Jan '09)
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* Cooler, but Still Warm
Although global temperatures were cooled by La Niña early in the year, 2008 was among the ten warmest years since reliable recordkeeping began. (Jan/Feb '09)
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* Solar Variations and Climate
Modeling studies show that changes in solar irradiance that occur during the solar cycle have an influence on rainfall patterns, much like weighting the dice. (Jan '09)
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* Separating the Man-Made from the Natural
Analyzing anthropogenic signals in the climate records requires the ability to distinguish them from natural effects with similar time scales. (Dec '08)
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* Looking Both Ways at Pollution
Regulation of pollutants often treats their air quality and climate change effects separately, but a unified approach may produce better results. (Dec '08)
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* How Much CO2 Should We Aim For?
A new study suggests that humanity must take prompt action to begin reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million. (Dec '08)
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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 47 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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