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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.


* Sea Ice Retreat and Arctic Pollution
As the Arctic ice cap shrinks during the coming decades, the chemistry of the polar troposphere should also change. (Dec '09)
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* Survival of Tibetan Glaciers
Along with greenhouse gases, black soot from upwind pollution sources threatens to eliminate glaciers from the Tibetan Plateau during the 21st century. (Dec '09)
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* Can the Oceans Keep Pace with Industrial Emissions?
In a new estimate of industrial carbon absorbed by the oceans, evidence is seen for a recent slow-down in their capacity to keep up with emissions. (Dec '09)
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* How do Global Soot Models Measure Up?
Seventeen global black carbon models were compared with measurements from ground networks, aircraft and satellite and found to generally have enough "soot" but to underestimate absorption. (Nov '09)
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* Ocean Temperature Variations and Rainfall
A regional climate simulation of the equatorial eastern Atlantic found a surprising change in rainfall in one latitude zone in response to sea temperature changes in an adjacent zone. (Nov '09)
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* Think Global, Act Local
A study that examined how pollution causes variations in how much solar radiation reaches Earth's surface used both local and satellite data. (Nov '09)
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* Aerosols Boost Warming Potential of Some Gases
Certain gases that cause warming are so closely linked with aerosol production that the emissions of one type of pollutant can affect the quantity of the other. (Oct '09)
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* NASA Expands Climate Simulation Computing System
More powerful computers needed to process the sophisticated models used in climate forecasts are now being developed at NASA GSFC. (Aug '09)
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* Alaskan Climate and Peatland Carbon Storage
Analysis of fossil pollen and spores from northern peatland reveals major shifts in Alaskan coastal climate and vegetation since the last ice age, which affects carbon storage potential. (Aug '09)
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* Super-Eruptions, Climate and Human Survival
Explosive volcanic eruptions can cool climate for a short period, but can a super-eruption such as occurred 74 thousand years ago lead to ice sheet formation? (Jul '09)
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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 48 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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