Atmospheric Sciences

Atmospheric Sciences is dedicated to advancing knowledge and understanding of the atmospheres of the Earth and other planets.


NPP (National Polar-orbiting Partnership)

Launched October 28, 2011

Over the last decade NASA launched a series of satellites that offer an unparalleled view of Earth from space. That series, known collectively as NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS), has provided striking new insights into many aspects of Earth, including its clouds, oceans, vegetation, ice, and atmosphere. However, as the EOS satellites age, a new generation of Earth-observing satellites are poised to take over.

The NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP) represents a critical first step in building this next-generation satellite system. Goddard Space Flight Center is leading NASA's effort to launch a satellite that will carry the first of the new sensors developed for this next-generation system, previously called the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) and now the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS).

NPP will orbit the Earth about 14 times each day and observe nearly the entire surface. The NPP satellite continues key data records that are critical for climate change science.


The mission—Deriving Information on Surface Conditions from Column and Vertical Resolved Observations Relevant to Air Quality (DISCOVER-AQ)—is a campaign designed to increase our understanding of atmospheric composition and near-surface pollution. Scientists will use information collected during the DISCOVER-AQ campaign to improve measurements from existing satellites and to help establish parameters for future NASA satellite missions that will monitor global air quality.


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Lecture Series

613 Seminar: Teppei Yasunari
Wednesday, December 7, 2016